• Mr. Max Brandstetter                                                                                             


    English Language Arts 1-2                                                                         

    Room #333      


    Course Description: A daily schedule follows below:

    1. All students are required to be seated in class at 3:45 pm until 7:15 pm. The students’ bell work will take place from 3:45 pm until 4 pm.
    • Attendance will be taken
    • Complete a bell work/discussion assignment
    • Receive a preview of the day's learning
    • Have an opportunity to ask questions
    1. Instructional time from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
    • Students are not allowed to leave the building nor bring food to class. 
    • Students may only have water with them in class.
    • Breaks will be provided regularly to meet the needs of the students and the designated instructional material. All breaks are provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    1. Review and closure 7:00 - 7:15 pm
    • Complete the exit/discussion question

    Remember, completing your assignments during instructional hours ensures that you do not have homework! 

    The pacing of course work:

    • Students will meet daily with the teacher of record as outlined above
    • Students will not be permitted to work ahead
    • New content will be available daily
    • Course work is expected to be completed that day
    • There is no homework unless the daily coursework is not completed.
    • DVOLP Pathways Blended gradebook begins at a ZERO (0%) percent.  Students establish their final grade through participation and completion of all course work
    • Student active participation is expected throughout the enrollment period beginning June 1, 2021.

    The Pathways' attendance policy:

    • Students are allowed two (2) absences
    • On the third (3rd) absence, the student is subject to withdrawal
    • Students greater than 10 minutes late to class will be charged an absence
    • Students may opt to appeal the withdrawal
      • The student will receive instructions as to how to appeal
      • The student will submit the Appeal information within 24 hours of receipt of appeal instructions.

    Mr. Max Brandstetter                 Boulder Creek Campus             

    max.brandstetter@dvusd.org                                                        https://www.dvusd.org/Domain/11674

    English Language Arts 1/2             Room #333


    Course Description: This course is a thematic approach to both classical and modern world literature. By incorporating both perspectives, students will not only develop an understanding of the individual within the world, but will also explore relevant, contemporary thematic links. Throughout the course, students will be provided with a myriad of opportunities to understand, evaluate, and clearly communicate ideas through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course offers expanded opportunities to use 21st century skills to enhance the learning experience and enhance course themes. This course is aligned with Arizona English Language Arts Standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement.

    Course Objectives: By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will be able to:

    • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

    • Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. 

    • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. 

    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 

    Course Essential Questions:

    1. How can the literature of the past shape our future?

    2. What role do the arts play in shaping ourselves?

    3. What lessons can be learned from tragedy?

    4. Why do people  behave the way they do?

    Major Units:

    Week 1 + 2

    Week 3 + 4

    • Introduction to Greek Mythology

      • “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” by UsHistory.org

      • “Daedalus and Icarus”

      • “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel

      • “Musee De Beaux Arts” by W.H, Auden

    • The Odyssey by Homer

      • Viewing of Konchalovskiy’s adaptation of The Odyssey by Homer

      • “The Story of David and Goliath” from The Book of Samuel

      • “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy

      • “How Resilience Works” by Diane Coutu

    • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

      • Viewing of Romeo and Juliet, as performed at the Shakespeare’s Globe in 2009 (adaptation by Dominic Dromgoole).

      • “The Lure of William Shakespeare” by Robert W. Butler

      • “On Tragedy” by Aristotle

      • “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight by James Kuzner

      • “Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively” by Laura Sanders

      • what love isn’t by Yrsa Daley-Ward

      • “Pyramus and Thisbe” by Ovid

    • Final Project: The students will choose either anchor text (The Odyssey or Romeo and Juliet). Then, the student will create a project deliverable  mirroring the content of either piece. 


    *Note: If there is a myth, play, or ancillary text that you prefer your child not read, please indicate this on the signature form so that an alternate unit can be provided.

    Grading: Grades are based on a percentage of all possible points (100%-90%=A, 89%-80%=B, 79%-70%=C, 69%-60%=D, 59% and lower=F).

    • Grades are cumulative for the semester. The first and second semester grades will be weighted as follows: 45% writing and language, 35% reading, and 20% speaking and listening.

    • No extra credit will be accepted.

    PowerSchool Online Access: Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your PowerSchool access code. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students. 

    Daily Device Use: Students should come to class with their devices charged and ready to use in each class every day. Extra chargers will not be available for students. Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.

    Academic Integrity: As stated in the Arizona English Language Arts Standards, students need to be college and career ready when graduating high school. To meet this standard, students will be expected to accurately and consistently cite all sources used in their work and to submit designated assignments to turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection service. If it is determined that student work is plagiarized, appropriate consequences will be enforced per school policy.

    Retake Policy: Students may be granted one retake opportunity on summative assessments at teacher discretion and with requirements in place.


    • Students are allowed two (2) absences

    • On the third (3rd) absence, the student is subject to withdrawal

    • Students greater than 10 minutes late to class will be charged an absence

    • Students may opt to appeal the withdrawal

      • The student will receive instructions as to how to appeal

      • The student will submit the Appeal information within 24 hours of receipt of appeal instructions.

    Classroom Rules: I have the following expectations of my students:

    1. Be respectful: Treat your peers, teacher, environment, and yourself with respect. Please be respectful with technology. In other words, use devices appropriately and only in connection to the work at hand.

    2. Be responsible: Take ownership of the choices you make as well as the rewards and consequences that come with those choices.

    3. Be prepared: Have your materials for this class with you each day. Having your electronic device (iPad or computer) charged and ready is vital to your success in the online platform. Having a notebook/Google Doc/or note-taking app in which you can jot down necessary information, due dates, etc..., would be beneficial as well. Lastly, be prepared mentally as well. It is simple to show up with necessary materials, but it is sometimes difficult to adopt a mindset conducive to a proper learning environment. If one has any concerns or issues in obtaining materials or said mindset, please reach out and I will help you in any way I can. 

    4. BE KIND!

    Disciplinary Consequences: If you are unable to abide by the course rules, your consequences will follow suit in a succeeding manner (verbal warning, conference with teacher + parent email and/or phone call, administrative referral + parent email and/or phone call). Major violations will warrant an immediate referral.

    Recommended Supplies for This Course:

    • District issued iPad or other electronic device (not including smart phones). Please make sure you have swapped your iPad for the newer version on campus in order to be able to apply proper updates and use necessary apps. The following apps will be used consistently, so please have them downloaded to your advice as soon as possible:

    • Notability

    • Canvas

    • PowerSchool

      • Pens with black or blue ink

      • Pencils

      • Highlighter(s)

      • A college ruled notebook

      • Loose-leaf college ruled paper

    OPTIONAL Supplies for This Course:

    • Highlighters of various colors

    • Post-it notes

    • Any items necessary for personal organization or annotation.

    English Language Arts 1/2

    Max Brandstetter

    Video can often be an excellent way to augment our students’ education, helping to reinforce curricular ideas as well as generate meaningful discussions about how contemporary society views our subject matter. In English Language Arts 3-4, we will be viewing the segments listed below. Should you prefer that your student participate in an alternative assignment, please contact me via phone or email, or leave a note on this video permission form and have your student turn it in to me.


    Mr. Max Brandstetter

    (623) 376-3142


    Week #1 and #2

    Week #3 and #4

    Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: “Daedalus and Icarus” (Unrated)

    Romeo and Juliet, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, and directed by Dominic Dromgoole (Unrated)

    Konchalovskiy’s adaptation of The Odyssey by Homer (PG-13)


    Additional appropriately rated ancillary television and YouTube clips may also be utilized in class.



    Grades 8-12


    Videos, films, and other taped materials rated PG/PG-13 (parental guidance) may be viewed at school, but they must be:

    • an integral part of the class curriculum.

    • approved by your administrator prior to viewing.

    • approved by parent/guardian.

    • each student must have a signed “Student Video Parent/Guardian Permission Form” on file, noting permission for each PG or PG-13 video.