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 Honors English I Syllabus

    Ms. Jackson     Room 222

Wossman High School      

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Course Description:

English I Honors is an accelerated course that provides an academic atmosphere that expands students’ reading and writing experiences, building a foundation for their high school and post- secondary academic careers. The course enhances reading and critical thinking skills through a study of literature, develops writing skills, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding. You will encounter various genres of literature and several styles of writing, with a particular common core emphasis placed on nonfiction texts as well as evidence based writing. The LEAP 2025 exam will be taken by all 9th grade students in the spring of 2022.


Classroom Supplies:



  • MASK (keep on at ALL times)
  • Three-inch binder (1)
  • Loose Leaf Paper (as needed during the year)
  • Many, Many, Many Pens (black or blue ink only)
  • Highlighters (4 different colors)
  • Pencil/Pen Bag (w/holes)
  • Package of 6 Dividers
  • Manila Folder (1)
  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer



Class Organization:

All materials are to be kept in your binder. You must bring this binder and all other materials to class every day. Label dividers according to the model below:


(1)   Divider 1- English-Resources

(2)   Divider 2- Unit 1 A Lesson Before Dying

(3)   Divider 3 – Unit 2 The Joy Luck Club

(4)   Divider 4 – Unit 3 Romeo and Juliet

(5)   Divider 5 – LEAP 2025

(6)   Divider 6- Writing Composition  


Classroom Procedures:

All Wossman High School procedures and rules will apply in our classroom. Students are also expected to:


(1)   Come to class on time. It is not enough to be in the classroom when the bell sounds. You must be in your desk with materials ready when the bell sounds or you are tardy! You will not be permitted to return to your locker during class time. Also, students are to use the restroom before they come to class.

(2)   Follow my classroom Covid 19 precautionary procedures. Wear your mask at ALL times. Sanitize your hands upon classroom entry.  

(3)   Raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged before speaking.

(4)   Be respectful of yourself, your classmates, and your teacher. Always behave as young men and young women, use mannerisms and language appropriate for school. NO PROFANITY!!!

(5)   Follow all directions. Read the directions that are provided. Listen when directions are given. Ask questions if you do not understand.

(6)   Always… Use blue or black ink on assignments(ONLY), write on the front of the paper(I do not take work with writing on the back, write on loose-leaf paper or paper with perforated edges(I will not accept torn out sheets of paper)

(7)   Do not eat, drink, or chew in the classroom. No eating of any kind is permitted in the class. If you need to be medicated, you will be permitted to go to the office for assistance.

(8)   Have fun learning! Learning is exciting. Be an eager and aggressive learner. Renew your mind and think positively. Think “Yes I Can!”


Assignments and Grades:

Nine-week grades will be compiled from the following items:


(1)   Written/Computerized Tests. These tests will contain some or all of the following components: multiple choice, short answer, modified true/false, and essay.

(2)   Group Grades. Grades are based on each student’s knowledge of the content, participation, and ability to follow instructions. A rubric will be provided.

(3)   Quizzes. Quizzes will be given randomly as we discuss the lesson.

(4)   Project Grades. During the year special projects will be assigned to enhance the comprehension of the lesson. Grades are based on your knowledge of content, analysis and application of comprehended information as it applies to the lesson, ability to follow instructions, and effort. A rubric will be provided.

(5)   Bellringers. At the beginning of each class period, there will be a bellringer of some sort on the screen. Students are to write and complete the bellringer in their speckled composition book. This notebook will be assessed at the end of the nine weeks for a grade.


Your grade will be calculated based on the total number of points available from the assignments given. Grade averages are calculated by the following formula: Average = (total points earned / total points possible) x 100%        


     Honors Grading Scale












59- below


Regular Grading Scale












66- below



Public Service Announcement


PLAGIARISM “Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s writing, HOMEWORK, conversation, song or even idea and passing it off as your own. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, television shows, e-mail messages, interviews, articles, artwork, or any other medium. Whenever you paraphrase, summarize, or take words, phrases or sentences from another person’s work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your paper [speech or debate] using an internal citation. It is not enough to just list the source in a bibliography at the end of the paper. Failing to properly quote, cite or acknowledge someone else’s words or ideas with an internal citation is plagiarism.”



Plagiarism on any project or paper will result in a zero for the assignment.  Students who willingly provide another student with access to their work will also receive a grade of zero for that assignment.  I want to see your learning and knowledge on the work you turn in, not someone else’s.


Every assignment, whether turned in or not, should be properly headed according to the example below. Your assignments are incomplete without the proper heading for English I.



Proper Paper Heading

Name                                                                                                                                              Subject

Date                                                                                                                                                Class Period

****************************************Skip Line*****************************************

                                                                       Title of Assignment

****************************************Skip Line*****************************************

Begin Assignment




Other Pertinent Information:

(1)   Being absent from class is not an excuse. Check google classroom daily for assignments missed during absences. All missed assignments are due on the day you return unless other approval has been given.

(2)   Make up exams will be given on an assigned day. It is your responsibility to know the exam or assignment missed; it is also your responsibility to come to me to make up the missed assignment.

(3)   Due dates will be strictly enforced. After I have collected the assignment for your class, it is considered late. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty on points.

(4)   Missed bellringers are your responsibility for makeup. Get with a classmate for missed bellringers.

(5)   Assignments missed due to in-school or out-of-school suspension are your responsibility. It is your responsibility to come to me to make up the missed assignment.

(6)   NEVER write on the back of your written assignments

(7)   Use 1 color ink on your assignment. If you start in blue, finish in blue. Likewise, if you start in black, finish in black!



It is my pleasure to be your instructor this year. You are held responsible for your learning and being prepared. If you do not understand something or are confused, please see me for help! Do not hesitate or wait.


Success Is Our Goal!