English 10H with Mrs. Vanderpool

English 10 Honors Syllabus

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English 10 Honors Syllabus


Welcome to English 10 Honors! I am very excited to have you in class this year. My goal in this class is to draw upon the previous knowledge you bring to the classroom, in order to think critically and identify new conclusions regarding various concepts and ideas. I want this classroom to be a fun place to explore the concepts of reading, writing, and grammar. I know this is going to be an exciting year! 

-Mrs. Vanderpool  

Reading: 

We are going to be reading a variety of texts within which we will focus on vocabulary, literary terms, and discuss major issues and themes.  

Reading will include – but not be limited to -

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

Night by Elie Wiesel

1984 by George Orwell 

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 

        Many student-selected books 

Various journal/newspaper/magazine articles 


Writing: 

Each week you will respond to a given prompt. Prompts will be based on real-world issues as well as your novels and articles. These writing prompts will lead to larger written assignments. 


All students must write and submit the required number of grade-level writing assessments to earn credit each semester. Failure to turn in a required writing assessment that is of passing quality (60%) will result in failure for the semester. Students will have four required essays that need to be turned in throughout the school year. 

Writing will include – but not be limited to - 

    Weekly journal entries

Literary essays

Formal and informal reading responses


What you’ll need: Grade Breakdown:

pen or pencil Formative (assignments/quizzes): 30%

Paper (spiral or loose leaf) Summative (essays/unit tests/grammar tests): 70%

SSR Novel AND Assigned Novel

        HHS email account

lap top computer AND charger 

HHS assignment book (planner)


Daily requirements: For the assigned novels, students will be given a reading assignment overnight and then we will discuss the reading the next time we meet as a class. With that being said, it is important for students to bring their novels with them on a daily basis. Students will also receive assignments covering grammar concepts, supplemental reading activities, as well as critical thinking questions. 


Homework: Students will be expected to read their novels outside of class; this will usually mean reading around 75 pages weekly. This is a considerable amount of reading. But, if it isn’t done, students will find it very difficult to gain anything meaningful from classroom discussions and will find it nearly impossible to complete projects and writing based on the literature. 


Make-up work: All students who are absent for a legitimate reason will be given a reasonable amount of time to get the work done. Missing work should be completed and turned in within two class periods of returning to school.  Essays and projects are to be turned in on the due date regardless of an absence because students are made aware of the due date before the absence would have occurred. There are two additional points about this: a) if a student is going to be absent for a school activity, he/she needs to contact me before the absence to set up a schedule for completing the work or getting assignments; and b) all reading and vocabulary quizzes for a literature unit must be made up by the time we take the unit test. If students are absent, they will receive an email describing what was completed that day in class and what needs to be completed individually to stay up to date with the rest of the class. If there are handouts given when students are absent, it is their responsibility to look in the green basket at the front of the room. 


Second chances: Students will have the opportunity to retake quizzes or tests. However, students will have to have a conversation with me about what needs to be done in order to retake. To retake a quiz or test, students will need to attend a T3 session and/or complete additional/review activities. Each assignment will be handled on an individual basis. If students take a quiz or test and they are already showing proficiency, they will be allowed one retake. The retake option will differ from the original assessment but will cover the same concepts. If students would like to make corrections on an essay, they will have one week to do so from the time the rubric is handed back. Students have the opportunity to earn half of the missing points back. 


Attendance: Remember, students can’t learn if they are not in class. Excessive absences cause difficulties for both students and teachers. If a student is in a multitude of school activities that cause him/her to be absent frequently, it is his/her responsibility to figure out how to handle those without causing problems in class. 


Extra credit: I don’t give extra credit because, if a student asks for it, it means that somewhere along the way he/she did not work with motivation and self-discipline. A lower grade is the natural consequence. 


Staying connected: There are a variety of ways to stay connected with what we are doing in English 10 Honors. On the weekly planner, students will have access to what we are doing in class, upcoming assignments, and activities for success. Students will also be using Google Classroom daily for assignments and directions. I also utilize Remind 101 as a tool to remind students of upcoming assignments and due dates. All codes for these resources can be found on the weekly planner (hhstigers.com/academics/english), using the “Class Codes” link at the top of the document. 


Help is always available: I am always available to give students help. All that’s needed is to ask. I am here before school, after school, and T3. I have 2nd and 5th periods as my planning. My job is to help. I will not know you need help unless you talk to me. 


Computers in the classroom: The computers are to be used for academic purposes only. If it is apparent they are not, then computer privileges will be taken away. We will use the computers on a daily basis in class, so it is crucial for you to bring your computer charged along with the charger. I have a limited number of plug-ins in my classroom, so make sure to fully charge your computer at night.  


Classroom Expectations: The expectation is that every member of the classroom, students and teachers, exhibit Tiger PRIDE. Students will identify more specific expectations in class.


Students will wear their ID at all times.

Students will be on task at all times.

Students will be responsible for themselves and their actions.

Students will respect others and themselves.

Students will be prepared for class and will be active participants.