Honors English IV Course Description
Honors English IV
During the first five minutes of every class, students will complete a grammar sentence. The sentence on the SmartBoard and in the students’ packets is grammatically incorrect. Students will use the first five minutes to “fix” the sentence. This earns the student 5 daily participation points. The student must be present to earn these points.
Daily homework assignments, which there will not be a lot of in this class because it is a Literature-based class, are considered completion points. This means, if you complete the assignment and turn it in by the specified due date, you earn all of the 15 possible points. Homework is practice; doing it will help you on tests and bigger projects that are worth more points. Please consult your Policies and Procedures for proper homework submission. Completion points do not apply for projects, quizzes and tests.
First, please check your student handbook as to what is considered an “excused” absence. Field trips are prearranged absences; this means any homework that is due on the day of a field trip or is assigned on the day of a field trip must be turned in and/or picked up before going on the trip.
Students will find “absent” folders in the back of the room, hanging on the chalkboard. If you are absent, on the day you return go to your class’ folder to look for any notes, handouts, or worksheets that you missed. Also, check the lesson plan book for any other homework assignments that you missed. Don’t forget to check email. If you have questions after checking all of these places, then ask.
Essentially, this is a literature-based class, which makes me very happy because I love to talk about books, especially the ones we read in here (they are some of my favorites). All of the literature we study in here reflects on the idea of citizenship and what it means to be a “good” citizen. The novels that we will be reading are Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut, Night by Elie Weisel. Students will also choose a Holocaust-related novel to read independently. We will also be looking at some shorter, mainly non-fiction works-some writing by Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, and a few other “famous” citizens. We will also listen to Season Two of the podcast Serial.
All of the writing that we do is related to the current novel that we are reading. Most writing is response, but students will complete one short research paper.
I try to dedicate Fridays, as much as possible, to work on scholarships and college applications.