Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: English 3R

Instructor: Mr. Falcone            Contact Time: 11:42-12:23         Phone Ext: x1304


Grading Policy
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Homework Policy
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Test Policy
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Quiz Policy
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Course Outline

English 3R is a comprehensive course designed to sharpen your skills in the use of the English language. The reading selections and writing assignments are rich and challenging; at times the pace of the class will be intense. We will concentrate on analyzing literature by doing "close readings" and on developing other skills necessary for the New York State Common Core English Regents examination, which the student is required to pass (65 or better). The analytical skills students learn in this class will serve them well throughout the rest of their academic career and in whatever they may choose to do after that. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, literature analysis and criticism, critical thinking, synthesis, and writing. Students will be reading a variety of literature: novels, short stories, plays, poems, non-fiction, and informational texts. The various works of literature and accompanying assignments will help students develop a firm understanding of the use of rhetorical devices, claim, tone/attitude, author’s purpose, author’s message, audience, evidence, warrants/assumptions, and author’s style. As you experience these diverse readings, I suggest you keep in mind the following essential question: How does literature help me better understand the world?

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course include developing students’ understanding of the history and cultural progress of our country through literature conveying the perceptions and experiences of primarily American authors.

Students will be able to:
• Analyze and contextualize the evolution of American culture through literature reflective of
American literary periods from the Puritan era through modern times by exploring the customs
and norms of each period as revealed through unique perspectives from a variety of authors;
• Improve their analytical skills by understanding rhetorical strategies: that form is related to function, that meaningful writing requires authors to choose the most effective voice and genre
according to their purpose and audience;
• Ascertain an author’s purpose and flesh out the specific strategies and techniques the author employs to achieve accomplishment, and understand that effective writing (including fiction) conveys an argument;
• Express maturity in their own writing through a variety of sentence structures and syntactical methods as well as through sophisticated diction;
• Demonstrate proficiency by exceeding the reading, writing, language, speaking and listening standards as outlined in the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts.

Note: The focus of this class is depth rather than breadth. While every effort will be made to address all aspects of the syllabus, time constraints, student absences, and unforeseen circumstances may require revisions to the syllabus as the school year unfolds.

Material for Class
• Three-ring binder for relevant handouts, notes, & vocabulary (a ½” to 1” maximum and to be used exclusively for English ONLY…NOT to be shared with any other class)
• Wide ruled or college ruled loose-leaf paper for binder
• A folder with pockets and center clasps to keep Regents Exam-related material
• Blue or black pens (I will not accept work completed with pencil as grading and teacher comments are completed in pencil)
• Tab Dividers to keep your binder organized (optional, but recommended)
• Highlighters (optional)



• All assignments are due at the beginning of the period and on the specified due date. Students who are absent must check the course website (see next bullet point). Any homework not received on the due date will lose 10% for each day it is late. However, if a student knows ahead of time that they are going to be absent for a prolonged period or unable to submit their assignment by the due date, it is crucial that the student speak to me about the situation in advance.
• For assignments (i.e. formative and/or summative assignments, text-based questions, etc.) which pertain to the lesson of the day, students earn no credit if they do not submit those assignments on the due date. These assignments will earn zero credit and cannot be made up or turned in at a later time. Students earn no credit if: an assignment is due on a specific day and after being collected we immediately go over the material in class, graded work is passed back to those who submitted the assignment…essentially, once the answers are out there it would be unfair of me to collect the work from someone who didn’t turn theirs in yet. Students will not pass this course if their work is consistently late, or if they submit the bulk of their work toward the end of the quarter. Computer issues are not valid excuses for late work. Some days the workload will be heavier than others will----especially if students do not plan ahead on long term assignments. Do plan ahead! Homework, including assigned readings, is to be current whether or not a paper/project is due. All assignments must be completed on time. Therefore, due dates are considered absolute and rarely extendable. The majority of assignments will be provided to you well ahead of time, even before starting the lesson/unit, so that you can be best prepared to succeed. Keep on top of things and train yourself to see conflicts ahead of time.
“Better late than never is not half so good a proverb as better never late!”
• You may access my announcements, copies of relevant texts, handouts, homework assignments and moderated discussion groups by going to You are responsible for and expected to check Schoology on a daily basis, especially if you are absent, as I will post all work directly on this site. Therefore, do not look for an excuse as to why you couldn’t do the work expected of you.
• Successful students will attend class regularly and on time. Attendance in this class is mandatory. Attendance is recorded at the beginning of each class. You are to be on time for class. However, it is expected that you come prepared with a late pass in the event that you are tardy for class. If you are tardy, without a pass, you will be assigned a detention…NO EXCUSE!
• Successful students will demonstrate skills indicative of quality workers by bringing required materials (this includes assignments, relevant handouts, applicable texts, and other materials necessary for class), completing homework assignments, participating in class discussions, and respecting the opinions of others. DO NOT ASK to return to your locker to retrieve an item you SHOULD HAVE brought to class. A carpenter would be sent home if he/she came to work without his/her tools. Your job is to be a student: don’t forget your "hammer!"
• Successful students will demonstrate accountability by listening closely in class and following ALL instructions given by the teacher. This includes fire drills, emergency preparedness drills, and all other directions.
• You are to be respectful of all class members. Rude and disruptive behavior is not tolerated in this class. Foul language, derogatory remarks, and disrespect toward classmates, teachers and school staff will not be tolerated. If you do not appreciate being disrespected then do not disrespect others!
• All policies regarding student expectations and responsibilities as are published in the Student Handbook will be in effect and duly enforced in this class. I ask that students familiarize themselves with this portion of the Student Handbook.
• Students are not allowed to bring food, drinks (except water) into the classroom. According to school policy, cell phones must be turned off and in your locker during class time. Any cell phone use during class time may result in disciplinary action.
• Ladies may not keep purses on their desk or on their lap. All purses must be stored under a student’s chair or hung on the back of the chair, no exceptions.
• No passes are issued during the first and last five minutes of class…this includes use of the restroom! Please use the restroom during the change of class. Additionally, student planners are required for travel into and outside of the classroom.
• I reserve 10% of a student's grade for attitude, behavior, achievement, and participation.
• The teacher will dismiss the class, not the bell! Therefore, all students will remain in their seats until instructed by the teacher. This has nothing to do with following “commands” but everything to do with being a respectful individual. For instance, if you were in the middle of a conversation with me and the bell rings, how would you like it if I jumped up and ran out the door? Please be respectful at all times!
• Cheating and plagiarism on schoolwork will result in a zero on the assignment (Please read Academic Integrity below).

Grading Policy

Grades in this course will assess progress over time—improvement and hard work. Grades will reflect commitment which may include, but is not limited to the following: attention to knowledge and acquisition and improvement in literary study, timely efforts, class attendance and participation, cooperative working to acquire knowledge and help others improve writing and reading analysis. Grading will be based on class discussion and activities during class, out-of-class reading and other assignments, and papers written in and out of class.

Assignments are not weighted and are therefore worth equal value.

** Please note that I usually do not curve grades or assign extra credit work. I will not compensate for your refusal to do work or to come see me for extra help. Anyone that knows me knows how approachable I am. If you are experiencing any difficulties with the work you need to let me know right away.

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s WORDS or IDEAS without giving proper credit. This includes paraphrasing a source without giving due credit. Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and any assignment containing plagiarism earns a zero.
These guidelines will, if they are taken seriously, contribute to your success and achievement in this course. Always feel free to speak to me at any time about any question, problem, or concern you may have about assignments or your work in general. I am here to help you in any way I can, but try to remember that it is important to ask for help when you need it.

Students are responsible for maintaining the integrity of their work. This means the person who lets his/her work get copied gets the same zero as the one who copied it! If you insist on working with a friend on a solo project, make sure the two of you don't pass in the same (or closely similar) work. You may cite similar sources, and may even use some of the same quotes to support your views, but you are all very unique people who interpret and express thoughts differently. This should be reflected in your work.

I fully expect you to put forth your best effort for all the work you pass in. Failure to do so will be reflected in your marks.

Since this is a junior regents-level class, we will approach every aspect of our time together with this in mind. You should strive to:
Commit yourself to the study of junior regents-level material,
Discuss literature and other issues with maturity and decorum,
Conduct your studies independently, responsibly, and with integrity
Treat your fellow classmates and teacher with the utmost respect and kindness, and
Approach this class, as with all your studies, with humility and an open mind.

*** If you have an issue that you feel needs specific attention or consideration, please let me know. In the past, students who have not brought things to my attention have suffered because of their silence. Those who have talked to me have said that I can be accommodating and helpful. At the end of the day, our goal is to not only be English students, but successful English students who are striving towards college and career readiness.

I look forward to having a great year with all of you!

Mr. Falcone