Welcome Fall 2016
Juniors and Sophomores!
Red Days: 4th block 1:05-2:35
Green Days: 6th block 8:57-10:27
My Schedule 2016-17:
Red Days: 1st block English 3- Honors ,
2nd & 3rd blocks English 2 Levels
Green Days: 5th & 7th blocks English 2 Levels
8th block English 3- Honors
use these links for vocabulary practice
2016 Summer Reading:
English 2 Level:
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
English 3 Honors: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
* Be sure to read your summer reading books for themes and character development.
Both 10th grade and 11th grade, please go to the junior homework page for the homework assignments until I create the sophomore homework and resources files that works . I put all class assignments, explanations, and homework here each day for you to refer to when needed. I will also be using the Canvas school-home interface program. I will stop using this web site's homework page after the first quarter. Thank you.
Website last updated 24 August 2016
Course Overview: Junior Honors
English III is a survey of American literature. This course will focus on vocabulary, grammar, critical thinking and writing, analysis, listening, speaking (presentations), and research. Readings include fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Students will write in a variety of modes, including persuasive, expository and analytical.
This is a tentative list and may overlap semesters.
1st Semester PSAT preparation
The Great Gatsby character analysis essay
The Scarlet Letter symbolism and theme
The Crucible character, symbolism, and theme
Book of choice: biography
2nd Semester SAT and ACT preparation
Book of choice: fiction
Excerpts from works by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Selected drama, poetry and short stories
Of Mice and Men
In an honors class, the student is responsible for keeping up with all assigned readings, homework, and making up work after an absence. It's your responsibility to contact me if you are absent; if something is due, send me an email of the electronic paper or a picture of the project by the beginning of class and bring in the hard, paper copy on the day you return to school. The faster pace, rigorous reading material and writing assignments are sometimes challenging at times, so you'll need to quickly learn to manage your time wisely to be prompt and ready to learn for each class
session. If you have some personal difficulties, be sure to tell me before a due date arrives and you're not done yet.
Course Overview: Sophomores Levels
English II studies a mixture of works from around the world from ancient Greeks to modern American works. We use poetry, short stories, plays, and nonfiction works (narratives, articles and speeches) to practice inferring (drawing conclusions), analyzing author's purpose, diction, and tone, and writing (short answers and longer essays, summaries, argumentation, persuasion, and literary analysis). Though much of what we do addresses skills needed to pass the STAAR test at the end of the course, we also work on skill to prepare students for junior English and eventually entering college or university after high school.
1st semester PSAT and STAAR test preparation
To Kill a Mockingbird
2nd Semster STAAR preparation
Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
book of choice
Major (tests, essays, projects) Major grades 55% 60 %
Quiz (quizzes, reading checks, application assignments) Quiz grades 25% 25%
Daily (reading checks, class work, overnight homework) Daily grades 20% 15%
One reassessment per nine week will be offered on a major assignment.
1. The reassessment will be on objective tests only.
2. The reassessment must be completed within two weeks of the original assessment.
3. The student must attend a tutorial prior to the reassessment. The student is required to bring all study materials for the original assessment to the tutorial.
4. The reassessment cannot replace a zero on the original graded assignment.
5. Some major assignments may be excluded from reassessment due to time constraints.
6. The maximum value of a reassessment is 75.
Late Work Policy
Assignments are due at the beginning of the period on the due date. Points will be deducted for late assignments per the TWHS Grading Policy.
Daily – Daily work that is assigned as homework will not be accepted late for full credit. Homework will be accepted late for a maximum grade of 50% by the next class meeting.
Major – Major long term assignments will be accepted late for a 10% penalty per school day for a maximum of five school days.
All work is due at the beginning of class!
Supplies: For this class you will need the following supplies:
a flash drive or jump drive to save written work. (this is VERY important and a requirement
for all essays)
a composition book for warm-up activities, jlearning ournal assignments, response and reflective writing
an English binder to keep all your papers,
8 ½ x 10” loose-leaf paper (no spiral notebook paper please),
pencils to be used only for scantron tests,
blue or black pens,
red grading pen,
various posters/ art supplies
*Please keep all class handouts, graded work, and essay drafts in case there is a question
concerning your grade.
1. Be on time. You will be counted tardy if you are not already in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.
2. Always look on the board for the day’s assignments, especially when there is a substitute
teaching for me that day.
3. Begin Warm-up Assignment on the board as the class begins. Absent? Check out my homework page with the class activities and
4. Look for past assignments either on the clipboard on the wall by my closet or on my website.
5. Keep a binder for your assignment sheet (listing your grades) and all handouts/papers.
Head all papers you write by hand in the upper left-hand corner of the paper with
Title and date all notes and in-class writing assignments.
For all typed written work, use the proper MLA format in the upper left corner of the page
Suggestion: Keep an assignment sheet and write down your grades as the papers come back to you.
I keep all quizzes, tests, and written papers, so you need something to refer to when you
wish to know your grade.
6. Make an appointment with me to make up your tests, quizzes, and work as soon as possible after
your return; after three days, the work becomes a zero in most cases.
Keep all your returned work, rough drafts, and handouts until I tell you to toss them.
***Save all typed work on a flash drive that you can bring to school and print in the library in case
your printer suddenly has problems printing.
7. Use black or blue ink pen for all graded work (that's just about everything!) and write legibly. No work done in pencil will be
accepted. Pencils are for scantron tests. If I can’t read your writing, it’s a zero.
8. Have your homework completed before you come into the classroom.
9. You will turn in rough drafts of all your writing, so keep them and bring them on the day the
paper is due.
FINAL DRAFTS of papers are due when you walk in the door.
DO NOT ask to go to the library to print out your paper-- you should do that before the beginning
If you are sick on the day a paper is due, you will still need to get the paper to me on the day
it's due before the beginning of the period.
I expect you to have someone drop the paper off at school in the main office by
the beginning of the period, but sometimes there are problems with this.
In any case, if you are absent on the due date and have not arranged to turn in work early, be sure to:
Contact me via e-mail and send me an electronic version of your paper.
Be sure to have the hard copy (print version and drafts) ready to turn in when you return to class.
10. We follow school rules in here: wear appropriate clothing, speak and treat each other
Be positive and have a willing attitude, have homework completed on time,
Come for extra help before school or after school (be sure to show up if we make an appointment),
Avoid saying “like” all the time,
Avoid tardies, avoid eating or drinking in class (water is allowed)
Turn off and put away electronic devices (ipods, , games, or MP3 players),
PHONES will be put in the plastic pocket organizer at the front of the room as the student enters
the class. Please turn the phone complete off so that it does not interrupt class. You will not be
allowed to have the phone in your possession during class without permission; this includes during
trips to the bathroom or to any office during class time. The phone is to remain in the assigned
pocket for the entire class unless I want you to use them during a lesson for a specific purpose.
If a cell phone goes off during class, I will take it, write a referral for the student owner, and turn the phone in to grade level. Students can pick the phone up from there at the end of the day. Parents needing to contact students during class can call the front office if it's an emergency, just tell the receptionist to call my classroom or send someone up with the message.. Students need to tell me before class begins if there is a
developing situation at home that requires their phone to remain on their person during class time, and I will allow this.
Leave class only with a pass
Avoid using vulgar language (this includes “sucks”, “friggin”, and “crap” or “pisses me off”).
Use appropriate language.
When you are absent, check my website for the day's activities & homework assignments.
* Arrange to make up missed quizzes or tests as soon as possible then stay after school
and do the work.
If you want to be respected and treated as adults, you must act responsibly as adults do by
taking care of your business (passing this class).
TWHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
Directions: Read the definitions of plagiarism and instructions for avoiding it.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is defined as presenting words or ideas from an existing source as if they were your own work. In academic circumstances, plagiarism may be divided into three categories:
copying directly from another source without using quotation marks or a citation
changing a few words in a passage from another source without using quotation marks or a
putting ideas (judgments, opinions, inferences, experiments, etc.) from another source in your
own words without using a citation
How to Avoid Plagiarism
There are three ways to avoid plagiarism—quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
Quotations must match the source document word for word and must be attributed with citations to the original author.
Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source with citations.
Summarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to attribute with citations summarized ideas to the original source.
Examples of Plagiarism
To help students understand when research writing becomes plagiarism, the English Department at Springfield Township High School in Oreland, Pennsylvania, developed the following:
The most obvious form of plagiarism consists of stealing an author’s exact words and failing to use quotation marks or to cite the author. However, other most subtle degrees of plagiarism exist. To avoid plagiarism, a writer must be aware of this fact. The following passage is quoted exactly from F. R. Leavis’s book The Great Tradition. Various revisions of it will demonstrate the difference between plagiarism and proper paraphrasing.
Dickens, as everyone knows, is very capable of sentimentality. We have it in Hard Times (though not to any seriously damaging effect) in Stephen Blackpool, the good, victimized working-man, whose perfect patience under infliction we are expected to find supremely edifying and irresistibly touching as the agonies are piled on for his martyrdom. But Sissy Jupe is another matter. A general description of her part in the fable might suggest the worst, but actually she has nothing in common with Little Nell: she shares in the strength of the Horse-riding. She is wholly convincing in the function Dickens assigns to her.1
1F. R. Leavis, The Great Tradition (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 235. ©
Charles Dickens, most agree, can be sentimental. We see it in Hard Times, (although it doesn’t cause any great problems) in Blackpool, who is an honest worker with whom we sympathize because he suffers a lot. Sissy Jupe is different. Although she sounds like a sentimental character, she is very different from Little Nell. She takes part in riding horses, and Dickens makes her very convincing in that role.
Comment on Revision 1:
Revision 1 demonstrates the work of someone who either intends to commit plagiarism or who doesn’t realize what plagiarism is. Plagiarism cannot be avoided just by substituting a few words and transforming some sentences. This version is plagiarism because it copies Leavis’s sequence of ideas, a type of fingerprint that will give away the guilty student writer.
Sometimes Dickens is sentimental. Examples of his sentimental characters include Blackpool in Hard Times and Little Nell. Sissy Jupe is another character that might be considered sentimental at first glance, but she is different. She has greater depth and is more convincing as a character than the others.
Comment on Revision 2:
Examples like Revision 2 typically result from sloppy note taking. The student writer was probably trying to get the bare essentials and intended to put them into his or her own words later. In composing the draft, however, the writer forgot how closely tied these words are to the original. Notice that Revision 2 is limited to the ideas in the original. This revision is plagiarism because the student copied Leavis’s ideas without giving him credit and because there is not evidence of the student’s own thought here. This version could be saved from plagiarism by citing Leavis as the source of the ideas.
Dickens’ novel Hard Times rises above sentimentality. Some characters, for instance, Stephen Blackpool, do appear sentimental. Blackpool exceeds all reasonable expectation in tolerating a drunken woman who repeatedly robs him, runs off, and throws herself on his mercy when she needs help. Likewise, his patient, calm manner towards his bully of an employer (never once does he lose his temper) is unrealistic and calculated to squeeze sympathy from a reader. Sissy Jupe, however, is a more complete character. Instead of making her a mere victim, Dickens develops her role. He gives her a consistent strength and point of view. For example, when her teacher asks if a nation with fifty millions of money was a prosperous nation, she answers, “I couldn’t know whether it was a prosperous nation . . . unless I knew who had got the
money, and whether any of it was mine” (Dickens 982).
Comment on Revision 3:
Revision is an example of the proper use of a source. This student has picked up some ideas but has looked for other examples to support them. Notice that this version has its own topic sentence. This student, therefore, was independently following a plan and not simply taking another author’s material.
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