• Honors English I


    Mrs. Nancy Spoor

    Course Description

    (Prerequisite: Interested students must meet two of the following three criteria: reading level at grade level, minimum B in eighth grade communication arts class, and/or teacher recommendation. Students who earn a D or F must take English II their sophomore year.)

    This full-year course is designed for students who have demonstrated English proficiency by maintaining an A or B in their eighth grade communications arts class. This course features added emphasis on the writing process, incorporating essays, critical analyses, and the research paper. Students study several literary genres including novels, short stories, dramas, poetry, and non-fiction. Students learn to write in the modes of expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Each of these modes will extend to essay development and advanced vocabulary usage will be practiced. Teachers will introduce students to the high school library for research and personal use.

    Required Materials

    Students are expected to bring pencil, paper, and library book to class each day. Class supply requirements are wide rule notebook paper, #2 pencils, blue or black ink pens, highlighter, and a folder with pockets and brads or a one inch binder. A grade may be given at the end of each quarter on the organization and content of the folder. The class will visit the library together at the beginning of the year. After the first visit students will check out books on their own. Book reports will be assigned each quarter.


    Homework will be assigned. Work submitted after the assigned due date will be given partial credit. Make-up work is expected from a student upon return to class from an excused prearranged absence which includes extra curricular activities. It is the student’s responsibility to see the teacher the day he/she returns to school for the missed assignment. Students involved in extracurricular activities need to ask for assignments before the date they will be absent from class.

    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    All students are expected to follow the correct rules of conduct while in class or face the consequences outlined in the student handbook.

    1. Be in your seat prepared for class before the last bell.

    2. You may not be excused from class unless you are called to the office or an emergency occurs.

    3. No gum, food, or soft drinks are allowed in class. Water bottles are fine.

    4. Please raise your hand and wait to be called upon before speaking out.

    5. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during class.

    6. The teacher dismisses the class not the bell.

    1. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous and respectful!

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