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Title: American Literature


1
American Literature
  • Ms. Halbrooks
  • Fall 2011

2
Is anyone in the wrong place?
3
Who am I?
  • My name is Ms. Christina Halbrooks
  • I went to Saint Anselm College.
  • I have worked at NEFCU, Pinkerton Academy,
    Campbell High School, Timberlane Regional High
    School, and Conant High School.
  • I train horses, play tennis, read, play guitar,
    play with my daughter, teach, and enjoy long
    walks on the beach.

4
What do I need for class?
  • I highly recommend a three-ring binder with
    dividers
  • A pen and pencil
  • A highlighter
  • Paper to write on
  • Flash drive
  • Printer/Ink/Printer Paper

5
When do I take notes?
  • Final exams are cumulative which means they will
    include everything we have done from the first
    day of school until the last day of the semester.
  • Consequently, notes are for those things you do
    not think you will be able to remember over that
    length of time.

6
When do I recommend you take notes?
  • Always!

7
Why?
8
What if I have a fantastic memory and I dont
think I need to take notes?
  • Do it anyway.
  • It is a good habit to develop because it is a
    skill that DOES have a real-world application
  • It will help keep you engage in the presentation
  • It convinces the presenter you are engaged in the
    presentation
  • It is PROVEN to help you accrue the presented
    information better than not taking notes
  • It cant hurt so why not?

9
Annotate
  • A note that is made on a text while reading a
    text to bring additional clarity to the reader.
    It can be as simple as underlining or
    highlighting.

10
Any questions so far?
11
English Competencies
  • Writing Samples
  • Reading Didactic (not entertainment)
  • Vocabulary Contextual
  • Grammar From your writing mistakes
  • Public Speaking Class discussions, Socratic
    Seminars, presentations

12
Why?
13
Basic Human Thinking Skills
  • Deductive Reasoning A general rule to a specific
    case
  • Inductive Reasoning Specific case to a general
    rule
  • Analytical Thinking To break into pieces
  • Critical Thinking To evaluate the true/falseness
    of something
  • Memorization

14
I can teach you what to think, or I can teach you
HOW to think.
15
Any questions?
16
Grading
  • Formative/Summative
  • Competencies
  • See Course Syllabus

17
Basic Structure of the Course
  • Chronologically by literary period while
    investigating the historical period. Then
    understanding the prevailing philosophy, who
    lived during that time, what they were writing,
    and why.

18
The Canon of American Literature
19
Basic Structure of the Class
  • Attendance/Respond to a Quotation or question
    from the Reading
  • English Trivia/Brainteaser (Remind me please)
  • Discuss the quotation and your responses
  • Vocabulary Introduction/Review/Activity/Quiz
  • Grammar Introduction/Review/Activity/Quiz
  • Reading or Writing that were working on

20
Those who dont read are not any better off than
those who cant.
  • -Samuel Langhorne Clemens

21
My Approach to Organization
  • Every handout is created by me, is in the same
    format, is in the same font, and is numbered.
  • Every handout and power point presentation is
    posted online
  • Every handout is available, if you are absent,
    with your name on it the class crate. There is
    ONE extra without a name. This is the master
    copy. You cannot take it, but you can copy it.

22
Halbrooks Classroom Online
  • HalbrooksClassroomOnline.com
  • The Weekly Syllabus
  • Handouts
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Final Exam Review Materials

23
Class Rules
  • Understand the routine- come in and start working
  • Dont text or use your cell phone even if its to
    your parents/guardians go to guidance or the
    office for permission to do that
  • Communicate with me. I want to help you, but I
    cant help you if I dont know you need help.
  • Seating chart?

24
Classroom Tour
  • Your Desk/My Desk
  • The Closet
  • The Quote Wall
  • The Word Wall
  • The Class Crate
  • Fire Drill Information

25
If you are absent
  • The weekly lesson plans are online. Look and see
    what you missed. If you dont have access to a
    computer then call a friend and ask them to look
    it up. Also, my plans are posted in the room.
  • Any papers you missed are in the crate with your
    name on them. Get them yourself please.
  • If you missed a test or quiz you must make an
    appointment to make it up. You do NOT have until
    the end of the semester to make up work.

26
Index Card
  • Your Name
  • Your Year of Graduation
  • Your email Address
  • Your Parents/Guardians Names
  • Their email address
  • Parents/ Guardians Phone Number
  • Anything I need to know about you
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