Members of the Wildcat Family:
Welcome to my course! In English III, we look at the development of American writing. From the earliest colonists to the 21st century, American writers have sent messages about America to the world. We will explore America’s past and present through the literature we read; we will also explore how we can play a role in shaping this future through the writing of research papers.
We will also focus heavily on college-and-career preparation. Now – not senior year – is the time students need to begin seriously planning and preparing for life after high school. We will have a range of guest speakers and career events throughout the year, as well as regular seminars with our resident college adviser. Additionally, all juniors are required to take the ACT in the fall; our goal is to increase overall school proficiency by 15 percentage points.
In Journalism, students will learn basic aspects of journalistic techniques and assist in the production of student-run media. The course will pull heavily from the background of your instructor, who has 15 years of journalism experience. Students will spend the third quarter studying craft, structure, and journalism basics in preparation of developing a network of student-run media outlets to close the term. Each student will be responsible for contributing – as editor, designer, reporter, photographer, or marketer – to The Rambler, Garinger’s digital news outlet. Each student will also create a personal blog on which weekly posts must be made in response to current events on the local, national, or global scale.
Students will be expected to fully engage with guest speakers and demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism; we anticipate hosting (in-person and virtually) experts ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners to public relations professionals throughout the semester. 3rd Block students will participate in PBS Charlotte’s 3D Project 3D in conjunction with other senior-level Garinger classes; 4th block students will work hand-in-hand with the CTE department to develop and produce morning announcements for the school.
As far as materials are concerned, I ask that every student comes prepared (by Wednesday, January 29th) with:
- Two black or blue pens — NO red or colored pens
- One pack of pencils
- One 180-page (or larger) spiral-bound, college-ruled s
- One pack of tab dividers.
One final note: Please do your best to ensure that your students are at school every single day. We have a large amount of content to cover in a short period of time, and the only way we can make sure our students are learning is by working with them in the classroom. Once students fall behind, it is very difficult to get them back to speed.
I look forward to working with you over the course of the semester! You should expect an introductory phone call from me within the next three weeks — but feel free to reach out at any time. All of our class information will be viewable online at gregasciutto.com. If you ever need hard copies of documents or content in a different language, please let me know.
Garinger High School
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