Honors English I

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    Honors English is a rigorous course that focuses on the writing, reading, and analytical skills needed for junior and senior AP language/literature, Dual Credit, and IB courses. It involves significantly more reading, writing, and homework than the on-level English I classes.  As a result, students will be expected to read and/or complete homework outside of class on almost a daily basis. Therefore, it is important that students who take this course have the intrinsic motivation to work on their own in a timely manner in order to be successful.



    You cannot learn in class if you do not come prepared to class.  Your English Interactive Notebook will become an intricate part of your learning; all supplies, including highlighters and writing utensils, must be brought to class daily.

    You MUST HAVE:

    • 1 subject, 70+ page notebook OR composition notebook
    • a dedicated English pocket folder, with or without brads. This may also be a section of your school binder
    • loose-leaf paper
    • regular-sized Post-it© Notes for annotations
    • set highlighters that must include yellow, pink, green, and blue for close reading
    • pens and pencils including a red pen.

    Each student is asked to contribute to the learning community.  In exchange, your student will receive a free “LATE WORK” pass.  Use the last name guide below:

    A-G: Tissues

    H-N:  Clorox non-bleach wipes

    O-S:  Hand Sanitizer

    T-Z:  Glue sticks (at least two)

    Since students are expected to read outside of class on a daily basis, I encourage you to purchase your own hard copy or electronic copy of the novels we read in class to be able to annotate freely.  I will notify you in advance of the names of the novels to give you ample time to purchase them.


    This is how your grade is calculated: 

    50% = Formative/Daily Assessments (classwork, homework, quizzes, etc.)

    50% = Summative Assessments (major tests, essays, projects, etc.)

    •  You're responsible for making up work you miss when you are absent. You have only two days for each day absent to make-up your work.  After the grace period, the late policy applies. Check the Absent Bin in class for missing worksheets/daily work. Some of this work is also available in Google Classroom. 
    • If you missed taking notes, a quiz, or a test, you will have to come in during tutoring hours to make it up. No exceptions!
    • Late work will be according to the three-day rule with a 10% cumulative reduction per day with a maximum 30 point deduction. Any and all late work turned in will be graded after all current on-time assignments are graded.  I will not accept late work after the three-day rule.
    • Retests must be taken within a week of the original test for any failing grade.  An average of the two grades will be taken (according to district grading guidelines). There are no redos for formative assessments.

    Secondary Grading Guidelines

    What if I need help?
    One thing you will learn about me very quickly is that I will do anything I can to help you succeed in my class. I am here before school, during lunch, and after school. If things outside of this classroom are affecting your performance, I want to help you work through those problems as well. In the end, there are no excuses for failure!

    Please take the time to sign-up for REMIND.  This allows me to send a text message to you and/or your child to remind you of upcoming tests, due dates, etc.  In addition, students and/or parents may reply to me through the text messages you receive with any questions.
    • Text @pottseng1 to 81010