Tom Siekkinen

Hello, My name is Mr. Thomas Siekkinen. The 2013-14 School Year is my fifteenth year in the RHS district and my twenty-second teaching. (Yes, I am that old). I primarily teach Public Speaking and British Literature and Composition classes. The two additional classes that I teach this school year are Mythology, and a Creative Writing course. I am married to Rose, and we have two wonderful children: Chewy, a eleven year old Shitzu-Laps Apso, our "little old man" and Pugsley, a pure breed Chinese Pug, who is full of energy. I am the third of four children in my family, and I have a twin sister, who is the youngest. I am originally from the Hibbing, MN area. I graduated from high school in 1987, and graduated with a double teaching degree in English/Language Arts, and Speech/Theatre Arts in 1992 from BSU. I received my Masters Degree in English from SCSU in 2002. This next year, if all goes well, I am going to start working on my Doctorate in English at NDSU. My syllabus for British Literature and Public Speaking are found in my "Classroom Announcements" Tab.

British Literature and Composition              Mr. Siekkinen

School Year 2013-14                             685-8683 Ext. 4160

Room A137                                       siekkinent@rocori.k12.mn.us

                                   

 

Required Materials: Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition

                  Macbeth by William Shakespeare                                                Notebook- classroom notes and assignments

                  Folder- handouts and worksheets

                  Writing utensils- 1 pencil and blue/black pen

* As a teacher, I don't have utensils to borrow, so please don't ask for them. *

 

Class Objective:

In this class we will be covering many topics and genres of British Literature, with an aim to look at literary selections from several perspectives, thus gaining a greater understanding of not only its meaning but also what makes that literary piece an essential part of literature. We will also be writing both in response to literature and written prompts, in order to better reinforce the writing process and the actions of revision, in order to gain greater clarity, coherence, transitions, and unity within our written responses and final drafts of essays.

 

 

Grading Scale:    A     100-90%

                  B     89-80%      +: two or less % from higher grade

                  C     79-70%

                  D     69-60%      -: two or less % from lower grade

                  F     59-0%

     

Individual grades will be displayed on each assignment that is returned to you. Every Friday I will attempt to have up-to-date accumulated grade for each student.

 

 

Discipline Practices:  

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Conversation in the hall with Mr. Siekkinen
  3. Student completes Reflective Behavior Improvement Plan and reviews with teacher
  4. Teacher/Parent conference and/or referral to assistant principal
  5. Staff meeting with parent, student, teacher, and administration to develop a Behavior Improvement Plan

 

Expectations

  1. Follow directions the first time they are given
  2. Be on time and prepared for that class period
  3. Use positive language, with no harassment, foul language, or derogatory remarks toward others or yourself
  4. Respect others physical and mental well-being
  5. Keep Your School Safe!

 

Absences/Late Work:

      It is your responsibility to make up any missing work due to absence or tardiness. A week before midterm, you will receive a progress report, and have a week to make up the missed work, before it is changed to a zero grade for the assignment. A week before the end of the term you will be given a missing assignment sheet, and you will have until the end of the marking period in which to make up the missing work, before all missing work is changed to a zero in the grade book.   

 

Lavatory/Hall Passes

      Passes out of class are a privilege, which can and will be revoked from a student if abused.  Hall passes will only be given if the situation merits the student to leave the class, not for situations where preplanning would have been better.

 

Cheating

      Cheating is a violation that will only scar your reputation with me and with your grade in this class.  You have no reason to cheat or reason to even contemplate cheating. There will be no cell phones present during testing periods. But, if you choose to cheat, the first offense will receive a zero grade for the assignment. A second offense will receive a zero for the course. Simply, Don't Cheat!

 

Units Covered:

Unit 1 From Legend To History (A.D. 449-1485)

The Old English and Medieval Periods

Unit 2 Celebrating Humanity ( 1485-1625)

The English Renaissance Period

Unit 3 A Turbulent Time (1625-1798)       

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Unit 4 Rebels and Dreamers (1798-1832)               

The Romantic Period

Unit 5 Progress and Decline (1833-1901)

The Victorian Age

Unit 6 A Time of Rapid Changes (1901-Present)

The Modern and Postmodern Period

 

Content Standards:

I. Reading and Literature/C. Comprehension

- Analyze a variety of nonfiction materials selected from journals, essays, speeches, biographies, and autobiographies.

- Synthesize information from multiple selections in order to draw conclusions, make predictions, and form interpretations.

 

I. Reading and Literature/D. Literature

- Analyze and evaluate the relationship between and among elements of literature: character, setting, plot, tone, symbolism, rising action, climax, falling action, point of view, theme and conflict/resolution.

- Evaluate a literary selection from several critical perspectives

- Analyze the characteristics of literary forms.

 - Demonstrate how literary works reflect the historical contexts that shaped them.

 

II. Writing/B. Elements of Composition

- Generate, gather and organize ideas for writing.

- Develop a thesis and clear purpose for writing

- Revise writing for clarity, coherence, smooth transitions and unity.

- Revise, edit and prepare final drafts for intended audiences and purposes

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Public Speaking                                 Mr. Siekkinen

School Year 2013-14                             685-8683 Ext. 4160

Room A137                                       siekkinent@rocori.k12.mn.us

                                   

 

Required Materials: Chapter packets from Speechcraft by Brent C. Oberg

                  VHS Tape (20 minutes minimum)                                                 Notebook- classroom notes and assignments

                  Folder- handouts and worksheets

                  Writing utensils- 1 pencil and blue/black pen

* As a teacher, I don't have utensils to borrow, so please don't ask for them. *

 

Course Objectives:

In this class, our aim is to identify and understand the essential elements, skills, and presentation styles, such as persuasion, argumentation, and forms of debate, which are essential elements in oral presentations. This can only be done if you are present and participating in class discussions and each presentation.    

 

Grading Scale:    A     100-90%

                  B     89-80%      +: two or less % from higher grade

                  C     79-70%

                  D     69-60%      -: two or less % from lower grade

                  F     59-0%

     

Individual grades will be displayed on each assignment that is returned to you. Every Friday I will attempt to have up-to-date accumulated grade for each student.

 

Discipline Practices:  

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Conversation in the hall with Mr. Siekkinen
  3. Student completes Reflective Behavior Improvement Plan and reviews with teacher
  4. Teacher/Parent conference and/or referral to assistant principal
  5. Staff meeting with parent, student, teacher, and administration to develop a Behavior Improvement Plan

 

Expectations

  1. Follow directions the first time they are given
  2. Be on time and prepared for that class period
  3. Use positive language, with no harassment, foul language, or derogatory remarks toward others or yourself
  4. Respect others physical and mental well-being
  5. Keep Your School Safe!

 

Absences/Late Work:

      It is your responsibility to make up any missing work due to absence or tardiness. At midterm, you will receive a progress report, and have a week to make up the missed work, before it is changed to a zero grade for the assignment. A week before the end of the term you will be given a missing assignment sheet, and you will have until the end of the marking period in which to make up the missing work, before all missing work is changed to a zero in the grade book.     

 

 

 

Lavatory/Hall Passes

      Passes out of class are a privilege, which can and will be revoked from a student if abused.  Hall passes will only be given if the situation merits the student to leave the class, not for situations where preplanning would have been better.

 

Cheating: 

      Cheating is a violation that will only scar your reputation with me and with your grade in this class.  You have no reason to cheat or reason to even contemplate cheating. There will be no cell phones present during testing periods. But, if you choose to cheat, the first offense will receive a zero grade for the assignment. A second offense will receive a zero for the course. Simply, Don't Cheat!

 

Topics Covered:                                 Speeches Done:

Chap 1: Communication Apprehension              How-To Speech

Chap 2: Delivery Techniques              

Chap 3: Listening Skills                        Heckling Speech

Chap 4: Topic Selection/Outlining/Research      Current Event Speech

Chap 5: Impromptu Speaking                      Impromptu Speech

Manuscript Speaking                       Professional Speech Interpret

Memorization Speaking                     Memorized Poem

Chap 6: Persuasive Speaking                     Controversial Topic Speech

Informative Speaking                      Informational Speech/Power Point

Humor Used in a Speech

Chap 7: Oral Interpretation Speaking            Group Interpretation Speech

 

Self-Assessment                                 Personal Assessment of

Video taped speeches

 

Content Standards:

I. Speaking, Listening and Viewing/A. Speaking and Listening

- Distinguish between speaker’s opinion and verifiable facts and analyze the credibility of the presentation.

- Deliver a speech in a logical manner using grammatically correct language including vocabulary appropriate to the topic, audience and purpose.

- Describe the role of communication in everyday situations.

- Identify and understand essential elements, skills and implications of persuasion, argumentation, and debate as essential oral skills.

- Apply assessment criteria to self evaluation of oral presentations.

I. Speaking, Listening and Viewing/C. Media Literacy

- Evaluate accuracy and credibility of information found on Internet sites

- Evaluate the source’s point of view, intended audience, and authority.

 

 

 

 

Please,

No Food, Drink, Phones, or MP3/CD players,

unless it’s part of your presentation!

 

 

Mr. Siekkinen's 2013-14 ScheduleTerm 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Period 1Public SpeakingPublic SpeakingMythology ICreative WritingPrepPrep
Period 2PrepPrepPrepPrepBritish Lit. & Comp.British Lit. & Comp.
Period 3Public SpeakingPublic SpeakingBritish Lit. & Comp.British Lit. & Comp.Public SpeakingPublic Speaking
Period 4British Lit. & Comp.British Lit. & Comp.Public SpeakingPublic SpeakingPublic SpeakingPublic Speaking
Period 5British Lit. & Comp.Britsih Lit. & Comp.Public SpeakingPublic SpeakingPublic SpeakingPublic Speaking
Lunch