English 11

Important Links: 

Take the Race assessment by class on Wednesday:  https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html (scroll down, click "I wish to proceed, then find the Race IAT)


Mr. Baas


323-5312 (voicemail)

Building and Room number(s)

Central High School

Room # 2110



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Course Description:
This college preparatory course integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and problem solving. There is an emphasis on American literature. This course will provide students with opportunities to develop language arts skills needed for college and the workplace.

Essential Learning Expectations:
Students write several analytical and reflective pieces following the John Collins Writing process. In addition, students read and respond to classic and contemporary fiction, literary nonfiction, and expository texts from a variety of genres.

Required and Recommended Course Materials:
Required: The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Selections from the American Literature book.

Required: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Teacher choice/Recommended: Peace Like a River by Lief Enger


Grades will be weighted for this course in 2 categories:

Assessment (includes speeches, tests, and writing): 70%

Homework, participation and daily work: 30%

Plagiarism, Collusion, and Cheating:

As is consistent with Portage Central High School policy, plagiarism, collusion, and any type of cheating is strictly prohibited. Instances of plagiarizing, colluding, or cheating will be reported to administration and could result in consequences ranging from loss of credit on the assignment to detention and/or suspension.

Plagiarism is defined in the student handbook/planner as 
"the use of another's ideas, facts, photos, art, charts, graphics, designs, or words without giving proper credit, an attempt to present the ideas or words of another as one's own, or presenting as new/original an idea or product derived from an existing source. In writing and in speech, the use of the words of another (whether quoted or paraphrased) without telling the reader/listener that those words are not one’s own." 
Collusion is 
defined in the student handbook/planner as "when a  student knowingly allows his or her work to be submitted for assessment/credit by another student."
Cheating is defined in the student handbook/planner as "the act or instance of fraudulently deceiving."

Use of phones/personal technology:

Unless otherwise stated by Mr. Baas, phones should be invisible and inaudible during class. There are no warnings about technology in my classroom; a violation of this policy will result in detention and/or other administrator action. 



This class will be scored according to the Portage Central Grading Scale.  



The final semester grade is based on a composite of two nine-weeks’ grades and the final examination/culminating assessment/project.  Each nine weeks is worth 40%, and the semester exam/project or District Culminating Activity assessment is worth 20%.