ENGLISH HONORS I SYLLABUS
Instructor: ~Ms. Lisa M. Branno
Description: ~Welcome to English Honors I! ~I look forward to a productive and exciting year. ~Throughout the year we will study various genres of literature (including poetry, short stories, drama, and novels). ~In addition to literary texts, we will also explore informational texts, ranging from news sources to personal narratives. Besides reading, we will also spend a substantial amount of class time focusing on writing, including grammar. ~You will learn effective strategies for multiple-paragraph persuasive essays, as well as expository and analytical essays. ~PSAT preparation will also be a critical component of the course. By the end of the course, you will feel more developed as a critical reader and writer. ~Your success in English Honors I will largely determine the rest of your high school
English courses, including a potential position in the highly regarded Advanced Placement program.
Expectations: I expect all students to adhere to class rules and regulations at all times, including the PCHS Code of Conduct. ~You will set the tone for the rest of the school and it is of utmost importance that you carry yourselves with the integrity and dedication demanded of such a class. ~All students must bring appropriate materials (including novels that I announce) to class on a daily basis. Deadlines will be fair, but firm. ~You are expected to complete any homework or in-class activity on time. ~As much of the assigned reading and writing for this course will be completed in class, you are expected to attend regularly. ~See the Late Work policy in case you are absent.
-No food or beverage is permitted (except water).
-If you need to leave the room for any reason, use your planner as a hall pass.
-Do not interrupt class lecture/discussion to ask for a pass. Simply raise your hand, hold your notebook for me to see it and I’ll quietly signal for you to come up and get your pass.
Late Work: ~Per the Code of Conduct, you are allowed two days to make up missed assignments for each day that you are absent. To ensure fairness to students who complete assignments on time, I will issue a substantial penalty for late assignments. You may turn in any assignment (except a quiz or presentation, both of which must be submitted on the due date only) one day past the due date and drop one letter grade or two days past the due date for half credit. This is not an automatic 50%, but rather half the credit you earn if the assignment is graded on its full, original scale. If you are submitting an assignment after the due date, it is your responsibility to give it to me personally, as I will not ask you for the work. Two days past the original due date of any assignment, that
work will no longer be accepted and you will receive a zero.
If you are absent on a day that a test, quiz, or in-class writing assignment is given, you must make an appointment to make up the missed work. You can schedule make up work before school, or during any free period that you might have during the day. ~You should also obtain any class notes that were assigned during your absence, as many of the class notes will form study guides for quizzes and tests. ~It is your responsibility to see me if you have missed a class. You can also keep track of what’s happening in class in case of an absence by visiting http://pch.ccps.k12.fl.us/staff/brannol/ This is your best resource to keep track of specific assignments in case of absences. I expect you to make up what you can when you are absent to stay on track as best as possible, though you still earn two days of make-up time for every day that you are absent.
Cheating: If I find that you have cheated, in any way, then you will receive a grade of zero, with no opportunity to make up the assignment. Depending on frequency and severity of cheating/plagiarism, other courses of discipline, including referrals and suspensions through the dean’s office may be issued.
Cheating in an advanced course will also jeopardize your position in the Honors program.
Books that We’ll Read: ~
Quarter 1: ~ Night~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elie Wiesel
Quarter 2: Lord of the Flies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ William Golding
Quarter 3: ~ Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Quarter 4: A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
Your first assignment based on Wiesel’s Night will be assigned on Thursday, September 1 so you must have a copy secured by then. I will give you credit for having the book on time; in order to be prepared, make an effort to buy a copy this week. ~Library or borrowed copies from previous students also work well. Please note that the order in which we read the other titles is subject to change. ~I will give students two to three weeks to obtain each book. ~If possible, I encourage you to obtain all four books at the start of the year. Securing copies of each title early in the year will save you time each quarter. ~If you cannot find a copy in stock, please order from a local bookstore or Internet source as soon as I assign the novel. ~(Amazon.com is usually reliable and less expensive than book
stores). Procrastination may leave you without the appropriate book and will cause you to fall behind with your assignments. If financial concerns prevent you from acquiring any book, please let me know privately and I will make sure that you get a copy of each book.
Method of Evaluation: Each assignment will be given a point value. ~Your overall grade will then be calculated based on the number of points you receive. ~Generally, essays and tests will carry the most value (100 points each); homework assignments and quizzes will be worth fewer points (35-50 points each). ~I will designate point values at the time that I give the assignment. ~Grade curves will rarely, if ever, be used. ~
*In addition to the regular assignments, various Extra Credit assignments may also be available each quarter. ~I expect students to take advantage of these opportunities in order to achieve higher grades.
Materials: ~2 Spiral Notebooks (1 should be labeled “Journal” and the other “Notes”)
Blue or black pens (all writing assignments will be in ink or typed)
Pencil (#2) for standardized testing
2-3 different colored highlighters (any colors)
Planner (provided to you on the first day of school)
You should have these materials with you at all times. ~I reserve the right to check notebooks at any time during class. ~Not being prepared for an assignment with the appropriate materials could result in a grade penalty. You should also keep a folder or binder with all returned work; this way you can have a writing portfolio and it is a great way to ensure that all of your graded work matches the grades that I update into FOCUS.
Weekly Schedule: In an effort to establish routine, most weeks will follow the schedule below. This schedule can also be beneficial in case of absences to have a general idea of the type of work you likely missed. Of course, this is a flexible agenda, as discussions or assignments may overflow into extra days of class time.
Monday: Literature and discussion
Tuesday: Literature and discussion
Wednesday: Flexible (may be used to continue a discussion, clarify upcoming assignments, or prepare for a quiz)
Thursday: Test prep (including FCAT and PSAT)
Web Sites: Students and parents can keep track of what’s happening in class by visiting http://pch.ccps.k12.fl.us/staff/brannol/ (see the late work section above). I’ll update the assignments weekly (or daily if any changes occur) so that everyone can feel comfortable with what’s expected each day. (Or, you can just check it out for the quotes). You should also access FOCUS at https://focus.yourcharlotteschools.net/focus/ to keep track of grades and progress in the class.
Homework Policy: Though you will not officially have homework assigned to you each night, you always have after school responsibilities in order to succeed in this course. If you have no specific assigned reading or long-term writing assignment, you will have vocabulary to study and notes to review. I also encourage you to read on days without official reading assignments. Try the newspaper, a favorite magazine, or even a reputable blog on a topic that you find interesting for just 10-15 minutes each day. You’ll always have topics to discuss with family and friends and you’ll become a more critical reader and thinker in the process.
Parent Conferences: I am available for parent conferences before school; all conferences should be arranged through Mr. Schmidt, the guidance counselor. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress and status in my course, please call me at 255-7485, ext. 3409. You can also reach me by e-mail, which is typically the fastest and easiest way to communicate. My address is: Lisa_Branno@ccps.k12.fl.us Please take advantage of FOCUS for the most up-to-date grade and attendance information.
Please note that suggested readings throughout the year are given to improve the reading comprehension of the student. ~If any material becomes offensive at any time, the student may move on in the text or select a work of similar value and length without penalty. ~