English III Honors

English III Honors

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Standard BHS course syllabus can be found HERE or by consulting the information below:

Required Materials : Notebook/notes pages, folder/binder, choice writing utensil

Suggested Materials : notecards, journal

Course Description and Objectives: 

This course is an exploration of the diverse scope of American Literature from the beginnings of the 20th century until current issues in literature and critical theory. We will consider a wide range of questions and challenge perspectives past and present as we encounter the texts, including how America’s past as the home of the Captive and the Captivated. From the Modernist search for beauty and meaning to the rhetoric of those fighting for peace and freedom, we will use highlights of the past to understand and wield the seduction of language.

Our excursions will be based on the daring work of inquiry; together, we will dare to ask hard questions and reconsider our origins. The study of language arts makes an appropriate conduit for this intent, since language makes every text a fluid human artifact. In the words of Margaret Atwood, “the answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.”

Expected Student Learning Outcomes: 

Tests, essays, and projects in this course are designed to assess student learning in the areas listed below. After completing this course, you should be able to:

Read selections of fiction and nonfiction writing for comprehension and analysis

Examine texts for cultural relevance and literary merit

Acquire tools for creative and analytical writing tasks

Build working vocabulary for practical and academic usage

Construct strong arguments backed by evidence and rhetoric

Detect and analyze subtext or authorial intent

Provide constructive critique for others’ speeches

Listen effectively and with a respectful demeanor, regardless of subject matter

Understand and explain multiple modes of communication and interpersonal skills

Navigate Modern American literature, understanding the origins and intents of key movements


As with all English Honors courses at BHS, quarterly grades will be composed of assessments as follows:

Major Assessments – 55%

These include tests, papers, major projects, formal presentations, and other accumulative assignments

Minor Assessments – 30%

These include quizzes, in-class work, informal assessment, and other small assignments

Homework – 5% 

These are graded based on completion of home-based practice. 

Participation – 10%

See BHS Participation rubric. 

Late or Missing Assignments:

Students should be aware that refusing to turn in projects and accumulating zeros for unattempted work is almost always the only reason any student will fail this course. Any student refusing to do work in or out of class on multiple occasions should be prepared to accept a failing grade for the quarter.

Unless otherwise specified as part of a special appeal, NO work will be accepted ten days after the original due date. Partial credit will be offered up until that point wherein 10 percent is detracted for every day past the deadline. Some assignments will be due at midnight, and others will be due at the beginning of class. Assignments are considered one day late as soon as that deadline passes.  

Appeals for special circumstances require a completed repeal form, although appeals are seldom accepted for Honors level classes. Special circumstances that would be considered include extended excused medical absences or other unforeseen circumstances that prevent students from working both in school and at home. 

No appeals for retakes and made up work will be accepted in the final week of the marking period.

Group Work:

Some in-class tasks require short intervals of collaboration with others. It is each student’s responsibility to do his or her part. Problems with small group collaboration that can’t be quickly ameliorated should be reported (secretly via email if preferred) to the instructor for resolution.

NONE of the assignments designed to be completed partly or entirely outside of class will require a group work element. Either roles/grades will be completely separate and independent, or solo completion will always be an option. 

In the event that a group signs up for a project together and fails to work equally on a project, those who cannot prove their contributions to the project will receive a failing grade. Those who work on parts of the project but do not have a completed project due to others’ failures may not be able to gain full points in affected areas of the rubric. Disagreements at the time of the deadline will not excuse a lack of preparation, so group work troubles should be addressed with the instructor as soon as they arise.

Schoology Use: 

All upcoming assignments can be viewed on our Schoology course. Some assignments are submitted directly to Schoology, so it is crucial that any technological issues are resolved with the instructor BEFORE an assignment is due. 

In cases of special difficulty or restricted access, students can always request a paper version of any assignment BEFORE the assignment is due. Emergency situations should be handled with an email alert or an out-of-class visit before the period that an assignment is collected online. failure to take these proactive measures will result in late penalties or a zero. 

The responsible use of technology is an essential 21st century skill and therefore relevant to the grading of this course. 24-hour access to class material is certainly a benefit for most students, but it also requires a different level of accountability.


Absences from class, excused or otherwise, do not excuse you from completing your work. Here are guidelines to help you avoid any penalties in the event of an absence: 

- You should attempt to take tests/quizzes before a planned absence. Send an electronic message to your instructor before your last full class day in anticipation of an absence.

- Electronic assignments that can be completed outside of class are still due on days that a student takes an unexpected absence. Late completion of online assignments, unless specially arranged, result in normal point deductions.

- If you are in school for ANY part of the day, you are expected to turn in any work due that day or receive a zero (or a late penalty). THE NUMBER OF DAYS ABSENT EQUALS THE NUMBER OF DAYS TO MAKE UP WORK unless I have arranged with you for an extension. 

- It is your responsibility to find out what you’ve missed. Use the resources on Schoology to view the lessons that you missed before consulting with the instructor. 

- If you are awaiting a make-up test/quiz when we go over a test/quiz, you must immediately get up and leave the room or else risk receiving a zero for cheating. 

- If you are absent the day before a test or a quiz when no new information was presented, you will still take the quiz on the normally scheduled day.

- Class cuts (presence in the school but refusal to arrive within the first 15 minutes of class without a validated pass) are not tolerated. Discipline reports will be filed (possibly resulting in credit withdrawal) and all credit for the day will be revoked without an opportunity to make up missed points.

For additions to these class guidelines, please consult the Class Resources folder on Schoology or request more info from Ms. Stella.