Welcome to Honors English
This course offers highly motivated and skilled students an opportunity to explore a rich assortment of American thought, progressing from Native American oral tradition to the modern age, focusing on major American writers and time periods.
The rigorous course includes a variety of genres: poetry, plays, novels, and essays, and encourages students to understand authors and their works in the context of their historical setting.
Please download the class syllabus to familiarize yourself with class policies and expectations:
Please review the following classroom rules, procedures, and expectations. These rules and expectations are set in place to minimize disturbances and distractions, and to make the time in class productive and enjoyable for everyone:
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I. Please download the following document to help you prepare for semester I final exam:
II. Download the following document to review for semester II final exam:
Please remember to select a book that you are going to read for Independent Reading. I have a large selection of books available in my room-feel free to look through them before or after class. If you see something you would like to read, sign it out, and bring it back when you are finished.
You can also visit Reading Resources tab on the left for some reading suggestions.
The Socratic method of teaching is based on a theory developed by a classical Greek philosopher Socrates that it is more important to enable students to think for themselves than to merely fill their heads with "right" answers. Therefore, he regularly engaged his pupils in dialogues by responding to their questions with open-ended questions, encouraging divergent thinking, rather than convergent.
Socratic seminars will become an important part of our classroom routine.
You will be given opportunities to examine a common piece of text, whether it is in the form of a novel, a poem, or a short story. After reading the common text closely, we will address some open-ended questions, and share our thoughts and opinions about the meaning of the text.
Our seminars will allow you to think critically, analyze multiple meanings in texts, and express ideas with clarity and confidence.
Please download the following document to familiarize yourself with Socratic seminar procedures and expectations:
FOR CLASS PRESENTATIONS
Writing: reasonable best effort
All writing assignments submitted for evaluation must address the following quality expectations: