Literature Out Loud Syllabus

Spring 2019

Mrs. Robinson & Mrs. Perliger

Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

Course Description:  Literature Out Loud  is designed to strengthen students’ reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students will read, analyze, annotate, and respond to works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will be expected to engage in effective habits of mind and active reading strategies.

Course Objectives:

Students will:

  • Practice and master various active reading strategies.
  • Read and engage in selected texts on a daily basis.
  • Produce thoughtful written responses to readings and prompts.
  • Participate in group discussions.
  • Utilize graphic organizers to improve reading and writing.

Course Materials:

  • Course reading: Devils Within by S.F. Henson, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds,  and various works of nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction.
  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters.
  • Reader Response Journal (provided)

Grading Rubric:
Reader Response Journals – 50%
Do-Nows and Exit Tickets  – 25%
Graded work/quizzes – 25%

Attendance and Make-Up Work Policy

Class attendance is essential and heavily impacts course grades, particularly Do-Nows and Exit Tickets, which cannot be made up! When students miss class, they cannot learn. In the case of absences, it is the student’s responsibility to collect missed assignments. Students can either refer to the class website for assignments or see us upon return to school. Copies of most assignments will be available in the hanging file in the classroom. All missed work must be made up promptly. Per school policy, no work will be accepted beyond five (5) school days past the original due date.

Cell Phone and Earbud Policy

Cell phones, other electronic devices, and earbuds may NOT be used during class time unless specifically for teacher-approved academic purposes. Therefore, all devices and earbuds must be put away during class. Students who violate this policy will be asked to leave class.

Classroom expectations:

Students will:

  • Arrive to class on time with all required materials.
  • Complete all classwork and homework on time.
  • Remain on task during class time.
  • Collaborate with each other effectively.
  • Be responsible for texts and other classroom materials in their care.
  • Take pride and ownership in the classroom space.
  • Follow all school rules.

Teachers will:

  • Be supportive of all students.
  • Return graded work in a timely manner.
  • Be available after school for extra help, make-up assessments, and answering questions.