English 233

  • Teacher: Ms. Dawes  


    Class: English 233

    Office: Room 2N1American Flag

    Phone number: 722-2559

    E-mail: sdawes@scarsdaleschools.org


    Course Overview


    *In the event of my absence, always check schoolwires for assignments.




    During junior year the focus in English is on American literature. To that end, we will look at the following essential questions: What does it mean to be an American? How has this definition changed over the last four centuries?  In an attempt to answer these questions, we will be looking through the lens of the “other.”  For our purposes the “other” will be those who are not a part of the mainstream society. The texts we will look at include, but are not limited to The Scarlet Letter, excerpts from the Transcendentalists, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Color Purple, Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Invisible Man, American poetry and essays.



    *      A Spiral Notebook with perforated sheets or loose-leaf with at least two sections                                    

    *      Working pens

    *      A folder for handouts



     Writing Assignments

    *      Writing assignments/projects will be worth 35% to 50% of your overall grade depending on the marking period.


    ¨       All formal writing assignments must be typed and double-spaced. Use a standard font (typically Times New Roman or Arial) and a font size no greater than 12.


    ¨       Late written assignments (formal writing assignments) and projects will lose half a letter grade per day for the first seven days. Assignments that are handed in after seven days will be read and commented on, but will automatically receive a zero.


    ¨       If you are legally absent from class on the day you are to hand in a writing assignment or project, and you are either in school before our class or come to school later that day, it is your responsibility to hand in your writing assignment/project to me on that day in order not to lose points.      




    Homework is due at the beginning of class. You can expect to have homework most nights. If you are absent, please call a classmate to find out the assignment. Homework assignments are a very important part of your grade. Please do your homework neatly and completely. Partial credit (the credit amount is at my discretion and will be based on thoroughness and neatness) will be given after it is due provided the made up assignment is given to me at the beginning of class the next time we meet. If you are confused about an assignment, certainly see me before you go home or call a friend at night and ask for help. 

     All assignments must have the following heading:

          Name                          Date

          Homework Assignment

    • Homework will be worth 25% to 30% of your overall grade depending on the marking period. A lack of homework/late homework can lead to failure of the marking period.
    •  Write in pen*. If you type your material, double space the information. Use an acceptable font.

    * I don’t accept homework written in pencil. You get one “pass” and that’s it.



    The New York State English Regents:

     In June (date TBD) of 2018 all juniors will take the English Regents. This is a three (3) hour exam. The grade on the regents will be factored into your overall grade for the quarter (20%). Additional information about the test will be given to you throughout the year.


    The Research Paper:

    One of the other requirements for eleventh grade English is the successful completion of the research paper. For this task you will:

    *      learn about the existence of a body of literary analysis

    *      learn research techniques and processes that can be applied to many areas of study

    *      read, take notes on, and integrate (sandwich) a variety of secondary source materials

    *      compose increasingly sophisticated outlines

    *      meet a sequence of deadlines and arrange work schedules

    *      review MLA documentation rules

    *      compose a much longer paper than those written in previous years

    *      develop the ability to work on this project with increasing independence


    YOU NEED TO KNOW: The onus is yours. YOU must take the initiative to meet with me. Do not wait until the week the paper is due to start meeting with me about the process. It might be too late. 



    *      Quizzes will be worth 25% to 30% of your overall grade depending on the marking period.

    *      Class participation will be worth 5% to 10% of your overall grade depending on the marking period.