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Class Syllabus 

Dual Enrollment English                                                        KBallentine-Canestrari

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Week One

In Class (IC): Introduction to class; using eLearn; review Syllabus; using TGW; Identity and the new text; Review lib guide ; Diagnostic Essay; “Sea-Farer” p 18-25; Beowulf p 36-75; Discuss Identity and Food; Discuss Essay 1; The Writing Process and Thesis Statement Development; Outlining and Essay Structure; Using your own voice (professional voice); The Recipe; Discuss “Culinary” and “Pleasures”

On Your Own (OYO): Read Course Syllabus; Read TGW ix – xiv; Read Module 0 Course Content;  Read the Introduction to WoR; Note the “Edit” section of TGW (grammar and mechanics), and use it as necessary throughout the semester; Complete Discussion 0; Complete Quiz 0; Complete Reading Response 0; Begin reading Module 1 Course Content; Read TGW – pgs 75-CH5; Read WoR – pgs 16-19; Read “Culinary Seasons of my Childhood”; Read “Pleasures of Eating”; Read TGW – pgs 2-10; Complete Reading of Module 1 Course Content; Read “A Healthy Constitution”; Read “Fear Factories: …”; Read 17 – 19 in TGW

Week Two:

IC: Paragraph structure; Developing a paragraph; Use of person; Discuss “Healthy” and “Fear”; Avoiding sentence fragments; avoiding comma splices; Discuss “Who Cooks?”; Using commas and semicolons; MLA headings and format; MLA in text citations; Discuss Peer Review; Work on rough draft of Essay 1; Peer Review; Review MLA headings and format

OYO: Read “Who Cooks?”; Complete Reading Response 1; Complete Discussion 1; Complete Quiz 1; Work on Essay 1 rough draft; Edit and revise Essay 1; Visit Library/Writing Center

Week Three:

IC: Introduce Essay 2; The Rhetorical Modes; Logical Fallacies; More on Modes and Fallacies; Discuss Ted Talks and “Flight”; Practice fallacies and modes; Canterbury Tales p 90-136

OYO: Read Module 2 Course Content; Study rhetorical modes; Read TGW – pgs 19-25; Read “The Flight from Conversation”; Watch Brene Brown TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability” (see link in Course Content); Watch Pew Research Center, “Couples, the Internet, and Social Media” (see link in Course Content); Study logical fallacies; Study ad hominem, false cause, false analogy, bandwagon, and appeal to authority AND rhetorical modes for Quiz 2; Read “Faux Friendship”; Complete Reading Response 2; Begin work on Essay 2 rough draft – consider potential passages from readings and thesis statement; Complete Quiz 2

Week Four:

IC: Work on Essay 2 outline – thesis and passage selection -  “The Recipe”; review commas and semicolons; Peer Review of Essay 2; Writing “Up” – Using academic language without fluff; avoiding clichés and deadwood; Introduce Essay 3; Discuss Identity and Education; Discuss the research process and relationship of sources to each other; Discuss Lundsford’s Top Twenty Writing Errors

OYO: Work on Essay 2 rough draft - Use “the recipe!”; Revisions and edits of Essay 2 rough draft; Work on final draft of Essay 2; Visit Library/Writing Center; Read Module 3 Course Content (Read Guide to Finding and Evaluating Sources under “Research” in eLearn carefully – Focus on Getting Started – First Steps); Library Databases; and Evaluating Sources [CRAAP Test]; Review “They Say/I Say” in TGW – 1 through 8

Week Five:

IC: Turn in Essay 2; Discuss secondary sources; Discuss the powerful argument; Review the lib guide; Discuss CRAAP; Discuss “Analyzing” and “Frames”; Discuss “Women” and “Look”; Review MLA format; Essay 3 one on one conferences

OYO: Read “Analyzing Advertisements”; Read “Frames of Reference”; Study for Quiz 3 – See note in Module 3 content above; Read “Where the Women Are”; Read “Look Who’s Talking”; Complete Reading Response 3; Complete Discussion 3; Begin passage selection and thesis development for Essay 3; Work on rough draft for Essay 3

 Week Six:

IC: Essay 3 one on one conferences; Peer review Essay 3; Introduce Essay 4; Discuss Identity and Education; Review Lundsford’s Top Twenty Writing Errors

OYO: Work on rough draft for Essay 3; Visit Library/Writing Center; Work on revisions and edits for Essay 3; Read Module 4 Course Content; Read “The Beloit College Mindset List”; Read “The Allegory of the Cave”; Read “Campus Racism 101”; Read “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?”

Week Seven:

IC: Discuss “Beloit” and “Allegory” – Look for secondary sources; discuss “Racism” and “Who Are You” – Look for secondary sources

OYO: Read “David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words”; Read “The Unforgettable Legacy of Miss Taylor Gwynn”; Begin research and outlining for Essay 4; Begin passage selection and thesis statement development for Essay 4

Week Eight:

IC: Discuss “Wallace” and “Gwynn”; In class writing – Essay 4

OYO: Work on research and outlining for Essay 4; Work on rough draft for Essay 4

 Week Nine:

Bring your nearly final rough draft on a flash and/or make it available to yourself in email.  Bring your WoR and TGW.  You will complete your final draft during the exam period.



Drama Syllabus                                                                         KBallentine-Canestrari


Prerequisites: only sophomores-seniors eligible


Course Description: Theatre Arts includes learning fundamental skills in acting such as stage language and convention, improvisation, voice and diction techniques, characterization, set building, lighting, costuming, and make-up.  Students will study the structure of drama, history and evolution of drama, varieties of drama and the fundamentals of play productions: casting, rehearsal, performance and finances.


Textbook and Materials: Schanker, Harry H. The Stage and the School. New York: Glencoe,


Stage, lights, building equipment, costumes, playbooks, pen, pencils and notebooks.


Grading: Quizzes and assignments are given periodically throughout the semester, including Internet and other research work.  Students are required to create a playbook about one of the school productions. Because a large percentage of time is spent in the theater itself, learning lines and creating props/costumes, 50% of the student's grade is based on participation, effort, following instructions, attitude, and actions. Final exam:  Students will choose a monologue or scene to perform on the day of the exam.  Students will be given an evaluation based more on participation and enthusiasm rather than perfect recitation.  The only way to fail this exam is not to participate.




Because building sets and sewing costumes require use of tools, lumber, paint, needles, and other material, students must pay close attention to safety instructions, storage and cleaning procedures.  Horseplay or any actions that could cause harm to you or another student will NOT be tolerated.


Because much of our time is spent in the auditorium, students must be fully aware of the consequences of being in the halls without passes or out of dress code.


Because most rehearsals will take place during regular class time, it is extremely important that students keep absences to a minimum.  Students with poor attendance may not be allowed to participate in school performances.


*Please be aware that plays will (and some rehearsals may) be held outside of class time, after school, at night, on weekends.