Alan Reinstein’s English ClassesReinstein_page.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0
 
 

CORE VALUES:

Newton South High School is a community of students, families, faculty and staff who believe that all students can reach high levels of success when they


  1. (1)know they are safe, valued, and respected by teachers and peers [EMOTIONAL SAFETY];


  1. (2)are given equitable access to learning resources and opportunities [FAIR TREATMENT];


  1. (3)are connected to and supported by a community of student and adult learners [CONNECTION TO COMMUNITY];


  1. (4)are guided by adults who work collaboratively toward a common purpose [COMMITTED AND CARING ADULTS];


  1. (5)are motivated, challenged and inspired by connections between the classroom and the world [RELEVANT AND CHALLENGING CURRICULUM];


  1. (6)demonstrate a strong work ethic, a spirit of inquiry, and a passion for learning [INTEGRITY];


  1. (7)maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle [MODERATION].

 

Newton, Massachusetts

Academic Integrity Policy and Pledge

The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity--Honesty, Trust, Respect, Fairness, Responsibility  (from the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson Univ.)  “What kind of Student are you?”Academic_Integrity.htmlAcademic_Integrity.htmlhttp://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/assets/FVproject.pdfhttp://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/assets/FVproject.pdfwhat_kind_of_student.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4
SHAKESPEARE PAGESHAKESPEARE-all.htmlSHAKESPEARE-all.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0
 
Weekly INDEPENDENT Reading Suggestionsindep._reading.htmlindep._reading.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1

School-Related PAGES or WEBSITES 

Newton South High School

ORANGE LION--South’s supplement to the Newton Public Schools Rights and Responsibilities document

2014-2015 Newton Public Schools Calendar

2015-2015 PROGRAM OF STUDIES

Weekly Block Schedule

Newton South Library

Newton Public Schools

Denebola       

The Lion’s Roar       

SouthStage

Turnitin.com


Curriculum-Related PAGES or WEBSITES

STYLE and GRAMMAR PAGE

NSHS Writer’s Handbook

Dictionary of Literary Terms (or LiteraryDevices)

Critical Thinking Skills

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism (OWL)

        [Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Against Interpretation”]

Extra Credit

INDEPENDENT READING 

         (Need help choosing a book?)

         (sample response)

           (Personal Response Optional Prompts (doc))


CLASS POLICIES

Academic Integrity Policy and Pledge

Late/Missed Work Policy

Attendance Policy

Electronics


SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Speech--listen to (or read) any weekend to replace independent reading


Complete LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL  (doc) [link to letter text through University of Pennsylvania’s AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER]


Special Weekend Reading Option for Veterans Day (11/11)

Read Chapter 1 from Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War collections of stories, The Things They Carried.

Chapter 1, “The Things They Carried”

(Read the pdf pages 10-27.)


Miscellaneous

FIVE-MINUTE UNIVERSITY--funny video about the learning that you take with you.

FUNNY PALINDROME SONG

“I’m worried about my grade”--funny object lesson on the importance of having a strong work ethic

Key and Peele’s “Education Center”


Why reading difficult works is meaningful:  the case for analysis.  Read Boston Globe movie critic Ty Burr’s article “What’s in a list of great movies?  And who decides?,” in which he defends watching challenging films--applicable to students of literature, too.

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