Hamilton Anchor
Title of the course:
American Literature and Composition        

Teacher of the course: Ms. Jalesa Hamilton

Teacher Contact Information: [email protected]

Course Description:

This course is designed to expose students to content that aligns with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for appropriate literature for Eleventh -Grade students (American Literature). Because of the flexibility of English Language Arts course offerings at the high school level, the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for grades 9 through 12 is organized into grade bands comprised of 9-10 and 11-12.

The 9-12 Standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade band. As students’ progress towards the successful peak of their high school careers, they will unite and adopt all of the skills instilled through the full progression of the GSE.

High school students will employ strong, thorough, and explicit textual evidence in their literary analyses and technical research. They will understand the development of multiple ideas through details and structure and track the development of complex characters and advanced elements of plot such as frame narratives and parallel story lines.

Student writing will reflect the ability to argue effectively, employing the structure, evidence, and rhetoric necessary in the composition of effective, persuasive texts.

Students in high school will have built strong and varied vocabularies across multiple content areas, including technical subjects. They will skillfully employ rhetoric and figurative language, purposefully construct tone and mood, and identify lapses in reason or doubts in texts. Students will recognize nuances of meaning imparted by mode of presentation, whether it is live drama, spoken word, digital media, film, dance, or fine art. Confident familiarity with important foundational documents from American history and from the development of literature over time will accumulate before the end of grade 12.

Rules and Expectations:

Expectations: My expectations of you are to MEET ME AT THE TOP! We will be successful and elevate all aspects of our lives!

You will need to be on time and attempt all work assigned to you when assigned. You will treat yourself and others with respect, including your work. Turn in work that represents you! Remember: your behavior represents more than just you!


Late Work/Redo policy: Make up work will only be given to students with EXCUSED absences (you have three days to make up the work from the day you return). If you do not attempt it, the zero will stand. Likewise, if you have an unexcused absence, the zero will stand. However, if you try an assignment, the 3-day redo opportunity policy will still be in effect.

Any late work without an excuse will be deducted points.


Plagiarism: Cheating of any form WILL NOT be accepted. Copying from a classmate, the internet, will earn you a zero that will not be changed unless there is a meeting held with your guardian and an administrator. There is a difference between working together and cheating. Working together is acceptable: Cheating is not!


Grading: You will be graded based on the MCHS grading scale. Test grades will consist of quizzes, tests, projects, and essays. Daily grades will consist of your openings, classwork, and homework.


All other rules and policies are the same:

Come prepared to class (I am not responsible for your materials)