Class Policies & Procedures

Respect & Responsibility are keys to success!


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Westside High School English Department Requirements:

Failure to comply with departmental requirements results in a zero on the assignment.

v      Use ONLY dark blue or black ink on all work; typed work is preferable and should be double spaced.

v      No late work is accepted; assignments not turned in on the due date result in the student receiving a zero. No excuses ~ no exceptions!

v      Write ONLY on the front of the page and ONLY on every other line of the paper.

v      Plagiarism or cheating in any capacity earns the offender an automatic zero ~ no exceptions!


It is your responsibility:

ό      to come to class prepared; bring appropriate books, paper, and pens; be ready to work when you enter the classroom.

ό      to inquire and make up any work missed – including journal entries – when you have an excused absence; missed work must be made up within three days of your return to school; assignments that were due the day of your absence must be turned in the day you return to school; failure to comply results in a ZERO for the missing assignments. Make-up work is not accepted for unexcused absences ~ no exceptions.

ό      to keep up with syllabi/handouts/study guides; if you lose your copy of materials, you need to borrow/copy handouts and/or worksheets from a classmate.

ό      to check grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling on all work turned in.

ό      to write and sign the Honor Pledge on all major assignments and examinations.


Classroom Policies:

¨       ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, DRINK, OR GUM is allowed inside the classroom.

¨       Disruption of class is not tolerated – detention and/or demerits are given for disruption or disrespectful behavior. A “P” or a “U” may be given on grade reports, and parents will be notified of inappropriate behavior.

¨       All writing must be LEGIBLE to receive a grade.

¨       Format for all work submitted: Full Name, Date, and Class Period should be written legibly in the upper right hand corner on the first page of the assignment

¨       A detailed syllabus will be issued at the beginning of each six weeks; you will sign for it, so don’t lose it!


Daily Procedures:

Ψ      Journal Entry: Silent sustained writing – You will write at least one well-constructed paragraph during the first five minutes of each class period about the journal prompt on the board. Your name and the date should be written in the top right corner of each page. Each entry should be on a separate page.

Ψ      Daily Assignments: When you are assigned reading and/or written work, BE PREPARED to discuss the assignment and to take a quiz about the material.


«      Vocabulary Quiz: The vocabulary list with specific instructions is distributed at the beginning of each six weeks; the quiz will be administered each week on Thursday.

«      Major tests/exams: Major tests shown on the syllabus will be administered on Mondays.


Grading Rubric:

                                                                Quizzes                                                  20%

Daily Work                                            20%

                                                                Journal                                                   20%

                                                                Exams                                                     20%

                                                                Romeo and Juliet  Project                   20%

                                                                                TOTAL                              100%

Talking or wandering eyes at any time during a quiz or an exam results in the offender’s work being taken up and given an automatic zero.


Oral Presentations: Go to the front of the room, and speak clearly and distinctly so that everyone can hear and understand what you have to say. All members of the class will be respectful and listen attentively; inappropriate behavior will result in a lower grade for the offender(s).



Syllabus – 5th  Six Weeks – English IB – Spring 2006


Feb13-17         TAKS practice – Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary in Context/ Writing Exercises


Feb 20-24        Monday: TAKS short answer practice

Tuesday: TAKS ELA Test (February 21)

                        Wednesday: Introduction to Elizabethan theater and William Shakespeare (lit. book, pp 983-991)

                        Thursday/Friday: Film – Dr. Elliot Engel’s introduction to Shakespeare;

    Complete film quiz (turn in Monday before the quiz)


Feb 27-Mar 3  Monday: QUIZ – Elizabethan theater and William Shakespeare (materials in lit. book and from the film)

Tuesday-Friday: Stanford 10 Testing (2.5 hours/day)

Tuesday/Wednesday: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Act I (lit. book, pp. 992-1019)

Thursday: QUIZ, Act I

Friday: Watch Act I on film (The film we will be watching is the 1968 Zeffirelli production)


Mar 6-10         Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: Acts II and III (lit. book, pp. 1020-1071)

                        Thursday: 3-week EXAM – Elizabethan theater, Shakespeare, R&J Acts I, II, and III

                        Friday: Watch Acts II and III on film


Mar 13-17       SPRING BREAK


Mar 20-24       Monday/Tuesday: Act IV, (lit. book, pp. 1072-1086)

                        Wednesday: QUIZ – Act IV

                        Thursday: Vocabulary EXAM (words attached hereto)

                        Friday: Watch Acts IV and V on film


Mar 27-31       Monday/Tuesday: Act V (lit. book 1087-1105)

                        Wednesday: QUIZ – Act V

                        Thursday: Watch 3 versions of the “balcony scene” on film; write a comparison/contrast essay

                                          (Essay DUE: Tuesday, April 4)

                        Friday: Watch satire of Romeo and Juliet performed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company


Apr 3-7            Monday: Projects/oral presentations DUE

                        Tuesday/Wednesday: Read comparison/contrast essays in class

                        Thursday: 6-week EXAM – multiple choice (Elizabethan theater, Shakespeare, R&J, vocab. terms)

                        Friday: Essay questions – Elizabethan theater, Shakespeare, R&J


Shakespeare Project Criteria            DUE April 3, 2006      Choose ONE of the following:


1)   The Globe Theater – construct a realistic model of the theater; write a 2-page (minimum) description and history of the theater that you attach to your model


2)   “R&J” Diorama – choose one scene from the play; make a miniature 3-dimensional model of the scene (a diorama); write 2 note cards (minimum) explaining the scene, including setting, characters, tone/mood, and action


3)   Shakespeare Research – research the life and times of William Shakespeare; write a thorough research paper of 10-12 pages, including 5-7 references; create a poster board showing a time line of significant events in Shakespeare’s life.


4)   One-Act Satire/Parody Play – write an original one-act play that is a satire/parody of Romeo & Juliet. Develop your own characters; give them interesting dialog. Describe the stage setting and the tone/mood. Include stage directions. This is a chance to have “fun” with Shakespeare!

Shakespeare / Elizabethan Theater / Romeo and Juliet                                VOCABULARY TERMS

All terms are in The Language of Literature textbook

QUIZ: March 23, 2006

Know definitions, and be able to cite an example from Romeo and Juliet.


allusion – an indirect reference to another literary work or to a famous person, place, or event          


aside – a dramatic device in which a character speaks his or her thoughts aloud, in words meant to be heard only by the audience           


badinage – a light or playful discourse


blank verse – unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter    


chorus – (Elizabethan theater) a single actor who serves as narrator and speaks the lines in the Prologue and/or Epilogue         


chronology – the order in which events occur              


comic relief – a humorous interlude in a serious drama to provide a change from emotional intensity              


conceit – an elaborate, usually intellectually ingenious poetic comparison or image, such as an analogy or metaphor


external conflict – conflict between the character and outside forces


internal conflict – conflict occurring within the character


couplet – a rhymed pair of lines


dialogue – verbal exchange between characters (written into the script)


dramatic dialects – language expressed by characters, usually to differentiate between social classes or regions


dramatic monologue – a lyric poem recited by a character, usually onstage alone, having a one-sided conversation


exhortation – language meant to incite and encourage; a persuasive discourse; an admonition; a homily


figurative language – communicates ideas beyond the ordinary, literal meanings of words


foil – a character who provides a striking contrast to another character


foreshadow – an indication through hints or clues of what is going to happen later in the story


iambic pentameter – metrical line of five feet, each of which is made up of two syllables, the first unstressed and the second stressed


imagery – descriptive words and phrases that re-create sensory experiences for the reader


dramatic irony – the reader or viewer of the performance knows something that a character does not know


lamentation – expression of grief or sorrow; wailing


lighting scene – an episode that occurs a little aside from the main movement of the story that is meant to illustrate a particular aspect

                                (i.e., the argument between Peter and the musicians)


mood – the feeling or atmosphere the writer creates for the reader (descriptive words, setting, figurative language)


tone – the attitude a writer takes toward a subject; tone reflects the feelings of the writer (emotions evoked while reading)


plot – sequence of events in the story (exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion/resolution)


prologue – the beginning/introduction of the drama/act, usually performed by a Chorus


proletarian prose – popular (or commonly known) writing or discourse


satire – spoof; make jest; ridicule for the purpose of improving society


scherzo – musical term meaning “joke” in Italian; refers to the Queen Mab dream story


soliloquy – a character speaks his thoughts aloud while onstage alone, not speaking to other characters or to the audience


sonnet -  lyric poem of 14 lines, written in iambic pentameter; Shakespearean has 3 quatrains and a final couplet (abab cdcd efef gg)


tone shift – specific shift in tone within a scene


tragedy – a dramatic work that presents the downfall of a noble character involved in historically or socially significant events


“a sudden rash half-capriole” – a moment of poetic high spirits expressing a taste for the unexpected (at the end when the degrees of involvement in mourning are evident)