English 10H with Mrs. Vanderpool

English 10 Honors Syllabus

 Mrs. Vanderpool           evanderpool@hhstigers.com            402-461-7550 
Room 140

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


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

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Night by Elie Wiesel

1984 by George Orwell

Many student-selected books

Various journal/newspaper/magazine articles


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. Students will have three required essays that need to be turned in and receive a passing grade in order to pass English 10H.

Writing will include – but not be limited to -

Weekly journal entries

Formal and informal literary essays

Formal and informal reading responses    

Four required essays   

Further assignments as given

What you’ll need:

pen or pencil

A folder for English 10H ONLY

Paper (spiral or loose leaf)

SSR Novel AND Assigned Novel

HHS email account

lap top computer AND charger

HHS assignment book (planner)

Grade Breakdown:

Daily Work: 30%

Assessments: 70%

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 students bring their books with them on a daily basis. If students do not bring their books with them, they will owe 15 minutes after school to be served in room 140 (Ms. Carlson’s room). If students do not serve that 15 minutes, it will turn into a hour long detention with the administration.

Homework: Students will be expected to read their novels outside of class; this will usually mean reading 75 to 100 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. There will also be grammar and writing assignments.

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. This will be treated on an individual basis because circumstances for absences vary greatly. 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.

Late work: If there is no valid excuse for work being late, the best grade a student can receive will be 60 percent. Technology related excuses are not acceptable. Plan ahead to ensure that the computer is working and has printer ink. One easy solution is to do papers and powerpoint presentations on google docs—they can be easily accessed from anywhere.

Second chances on tests: This will be handled strictly on an individual basis. If a student has not read a novel and then fails the test, he/she should not ask for a second chance. That undermines the whole idea of motivation and self-discipline.

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. One suggestion is to have a fellow classmate pick up any handouts and write down assignments. In addition, students and parents can access most of those items on my weekly planner on the school’s website.

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. There are two minor exceptions to this policy. One is that I might give the entire class the option of attending some school activities (such as plays or concerts) in order to receive a few points of extra credit. Another possibility is that on quizzes or tests there might be a question or two that, if answered correctly, would add to the score. This won’t happen every time; don’t ask for it or expect it.

Help is always available: I am always available to give students help. All that’s needed is to ask. I am here before school and after school. 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, be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE. With this being said, you have to give respect in order to get it.

Students will wear their ID badges 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.

Students will write additional more specific rules in class.

Staying Connected:

Use the following methods to stay up to date with what we are doing in class.



Remind 101

Black Day (Pd. 6)

text @2hc2h9 to the number 81010

Orange Day (Pd. 5, 7, & 9) 

text @72h732 to the number 81010

Weekly Planner


Google Classroom


Period 6

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Period 5

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Period 7

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Period 9

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