Welcome to my class and blog; I am Mr. Holman. This year, in 10th Literature/Composition, we will be reading some great texts that I hope you enjoy as much as I do. We will also be writing quite a bit (the "composition" part of the course title). I enjoy writing creatively and so I hope to afford you many opportunities to do so.
I have a few guidelines by which I run my class. They are simple, but they encompass many elements:
1. Treat each person in this room with respect and dignity. I promise to do the same.
2. Be in your assigned seat and working when the tardy bell rings.
3. Bring all of your supplies to every class period and take them with you when you leave.
4. Be a good human.
Following these guidelines will result in a stress-free environment, a pleasant and orderly classroom atmosphere, and a smiling teacher.
Following is a list of the required supplies you need for guideline 3:
-A black or blue pen and a pencil with an eraser
-6 highlighters, each a different color (yellow, pink, green, orange, blue, purple)
-A composition notebook - not a spiral notebook (this is your journal - decorate it as you wish)
-A 3-ring binder with pockets
-Loose leaf paper (college ruled, 8 1/2" x 11")
-The parallel novel we are currently reading and discussing
These are the 4 novels you need to obtain for this semester:
-1984, by George Orwell
-V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
-Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
-A choice between The Gunslinger (by Stephen King), Neverwhere (by Neil Gaiman), A Wizard of Earthsea (by Ursula K. LeGuin), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (by Salman Rushdie), or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (by Sherman Alexie).
I recommend purchasing all four books at once, but if you can't find them all at once, the last one on the list -- the choice -- should be purchased first since it pairs with our first unit. The Pope Media Center offers to buy these books in bulk at a discounted rate, so I will have a signup sheet if you would like to follow this route. Students will annotate these books and I will be checking the annotation. Everyone must have the books. Everyone must read the books. The only excuse for not having the books is financial difficulty; if that is the case, see me privately and I may have an extra copy in the English department.
If you would like to download a copy of the syllabus, it is available under resources. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you individually. Be ready to work on day one as we will be diving right into a literary analysis. It's going to be a great semester.