English 12 CP / Senior Seminar

  • Senior Seminar

    Mr. Lambert                          Mrs. Hosley

    mlambert@granvillecsd.org   shosley@granvillecsd.org

    (518) 642-1051 Ext. 2235        (518) 642-1051 Ext. 2142



    Course Description, Senior Seminar (English):

    Senior Seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach (English, Social Studies, and Business) to preparing students for their post-secondary endeavors.  Areas of emphasis during the first segment of the course will include the successful completion of college and employment applications, mock interviews, an introduction to various forms of business writing, and research-based student presentations.  Moreover, a comprehensive, year-long research project will be linked to the Government and Economics curriculum providing students the opportunity to engage in thoughtful exploration of potential career paths.  Moving forward, literature examined during Senior Seminar will be aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Throughout the course, College and Career Readiness Standards will guide content and instruction.


    Course Materials:

    ¨      Job Applications

    ¨      Business Letters

    ¨      Memos

    ¨      Email Messages

    ¨      Job/Career Research Resources

    ¨      Vocational/Training Program Resources

    ¨      Interest Inventory Guides

    ¨      Career Cruising Websites

    ¨      SAT/ACT Registration & Preparation Materials

    ¨      School Research Resources

    ¨      College Applications

    ¨      College Essays

    ¨      Common Application

    ¨      Academic Essays

    ¨      Vocabulary Lists

    ¨      Various Literary Works

    ¨      Write for College will be a main textual resource throughout much of the course.  Specific works of literature examined may include the following: Tales of an Economic Hitman, Hamlet, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Canterbury Tales, and poetry from various authors.


    Classroom Rules:

    ¨      Arrive on time and ready to learn.

    ¨      Keep food and drinks out of the classroom. 

    ¨      Keep the desktops neat and clean.

    ¨      Use appropriate language.

    ¨      Cellular phones may only be used at teacher discretion.

    ¨      Respect others and their right to learn, and be considerate of everyone in the classroom.

    ¨      No side conversations!

    ¨      Be honest.  Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

    ¨      All papers should be word-processed.

    ¨      Put your name, the course title, and the date on all of your written work.

    ¨      Do not attempt to abuse the pass system or school/classroom rules.

    ¨      “Affectionate time” is not permitted in the classroom.

    ¨      Be attentive at all times.  No sleeping!!! 

    ¨      Any disciplinary issues that arise will be handled on an individual basis.



    Grades will be calculated according to the following formula:

    Ø  Tests, Major Projects/Papers, & Student Portfolios:                           25%

    Ø  Quizzes, Journal Entries, & Various Other Writing Samples:             30%

    Ø  Homework & Classwork:                                                                   15%

    Ø  Participation:                                                                                   10%

    Ø  Response Papers:                                                                             20% 

       (Five 1-2 page papers per quarter)


    Tests, Major Projects/Papers, & Student Portfolios:  In addition to unit tests and culminating (in some cases, research-based) projects, formal writing assignments will be used to evaluate each student’s progress in this class.  All major writing assignments should be submitted in the appropriate word-processed form (unless otherwise specified). Each student enrolled in this course will be required to complete two independent reading projects (one in the second marking period and another in the fourth).  Books must be selected from a list provided (or be approved in advance by the teacher), and each student should make a sincere effort to select books that are appropriately challenging given his/her individual reading ability.  Independent reading projects shall be assessed following the student’s completion of a formal essay (second quarter) and an oral report/critique (fourth quarter).  Students should obtain notebooks and use them to record their assignments and lecture/discussion notes.  Students should also plan to keep handouts, homework, and all other returned materials in a portfolio (three-ring binder).  Notebooks and portfolios will serve as evidence of students’ completion of the course objectives and will be graded quarterly.  Thus, they should be neatly and properly maintained as the course progresses.


    Quizzes, Journal Entries, & Various Other Writing Samples: Quizzes may include both reading checks and vocabulary quizzes.  While vocabulary quizzes will always be announced ahead of time, reading checks may or may not be.  Material covered in lectures, handouts, or notes is also considered fair game as far as quizzes are concerned.  COME TO CLASS PREPARED!!!  Journal entries will require students to explore a variety of topics and will be assigned on a regular basis.  Written submissions (such as college essays, business letters, completed applications, etc.) to be weighed as quizzes will be designated as such in advance of their submission.


    Homework & Classwork: Attendance and coming to class prepared are integral requirements of this course.  The successful completion of collaborative and individual in-class assignments (and homework) will be evaluated.  The following scale will be used: V+ = 100, V = 80, V- = 60. 


    Participation: It is expected that all students will contribute to our class discussions as well as to our careful consideration of the subject matter being examined.  Near the end of each quarter, each student will be asked to assess his/her participation in the course via the completion of a self-evaluation form.


    Response Papers: Each student will be required to submit five response papers per quarter (due the last scheduled class meeting of the week).  These papers need not deal with the material being studied in class, but they should make use of sound writing mechanics and should be approximately one to two pages in length.  Only one response paper may be submitted per week.  After the quarterly requirement of five response papers has been met, additional papers may be rewarded with extra credit.  Neither late (submitted after the class period due) nor inappropriate papers (teacher’s discretion) will be accepted.  All response papers should be word-processed.   


    Make-up/Late Work: Students are responsible for making up the work they have missed due to absence(s) from class.  It is each student’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher(s) to obtain any handouts, directions, and/or assignments that were missed.  Such work should be completed and submitted promptly; if make-up work is not completed and submitted in a timely manner (teacher discretion), a grade of zero will result.  For some assignments (not including response papers or minor homework), late submissions will be accepted and penalized at a rate of ten points per day.  This penalty of ten points may also apply when work is submitted late on the day it is due.  As a general rule, assignments are due at the beginning of class.


    As course instructors, we reserve the right to make adjustments to this syllabus as we deem necessary.