Course Syllabus for American Humanities

American Humanities

Fall 2015/ Winter 2016

Mr. Spencer Vespole                                                                               Office Hours: By Appointment

Email:                                                                               Phone Number: 862-621-4832

Grading Policy:

Class Conduct: 10%

Students are expected to behave appropriately in class and seek to maximize both your own and your classmates' daily learning.

Class Work: 30%

I will assign class work daily. You will be responsible for demonstrating your learning through a variety of mediums: writing prompts, primary-source explorations, group projects, class presentations, etc.

Quizzes: 30%

We will have quizzes to start each day on material covered throughout the week. You may use all self-generated, non-technology-based resources to help themselves answer questions. For example, you may rely on your notebooks, but not devices or textbooks during the quiz.

Homework: 30%

All assignments are posted on my school- supported website, located at Complete your assignments prior to entering my classroom, since I will check them at the beginning of class.

A 100%- 95% A- 94%- 90%

B+ 89- 88 B 87- 85 B- 84- 80

C+ 79-78 C 77-75 C- 74-70

Attendance and Lateness Policy:

Come to class. On time. If for some reason you cannot come to class for an acceptable reason (sports competition, doctor appointment, etc), let me know beforehand.

Late Work Policy:

I will only accept late work arising from an excused absence. If a student is absent, he must turn in all missing assignments resulting from that absence immediately upon his return, or else receive no credit for them. All other forms of late work will not count for credit.

Class Conduct:

  • All students are expected to act respectfully towards their fellow students and to the teacher. The dress code is to be adhered to at all times.

  • No cell phones.

  • All students are expected to participate in class discussions and group discussions. All students are also expected to be prepared and on time for class. Being prepared means having done the assignment and/or readings required for the day as well as having whatever materials are needed to participate in the class.


Email is my preferred method of communication but my cell phone is provided as well. Feel free to contact me all year.

Honor Code:

Lying, cheating, and stealing are considered unacceptable violations of the Academic Honor Code and are subject to disciplinary action.

Lie:  a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

Cheat:  to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers; to violate rules or regulations.

Steal:  to take (the academic property or work of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force.

“I will not cheat.  I will not lie.  I will not steal.  I will report anyone who does.”

Course Readings:

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird

  3. The Watsons go to Birmingham- 1963

Student Name (please print)___________________________________ Date__________

Student Signature _________________________________________________________

I have looked over the expectations for my child and I agree to work in partnership with Mr. Vespole to ensure my child’s academic success. I will contact you should I have any questions or concerns throughout the semester. I understand that my child is responsible for adhering to these rules and procedures.

Parent/Guardian Name (please print)____________________________ Date__________

Parent Signature __________________________________________________________

Parent E-mail ____________________________________________________________

Daytime Number ________________________ Evening Number _________________

Preferred Method of Contact ________________________________________________