Honors 10 English Syllabus

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This course focuses on developing skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, speaking, research, and rhetoric.


We will be using the myPerspectives curriculum, published by Pearson.
· Novels: The House on Mango Street, Frankenstein, 1984, and The Power of One
· Short Stories and poetry
· Plays: Oedipus, Antigone, Julius Caesar

We will strive to understand and accurately utilize the following:

· Style elements (i.e. diction, syntax, details, imagery, tone, schemes, and literary elements)
· Literary analysis and rhetoric (e.g., structure, argument, and author’s style)
· Rules of grammar and punctuation: Daily Grammar Practice by Dawn Burnette

Presentations include:

· Speech and debate (including various discussion methods)
· Formal and informal project presentations


93-100% A (no A+ at OHS) 77-79.9% C+
90-92.9% A- 73-76.9% C
87-89.9% B+ 70-72.9% C-
83-86.9% B 67-69.9% D+
80-82.9% B- 60-66.9% D (no D- at OHS)

The final grade is based on total points earned and weighted as follows: writing, 30%; tests, 25%; homework, 20%; participation, 20% (“participation” refers to specific in-class activities); and 5% for the semester final.

HOMEWORK: All homework and due dates can be found on my teacher webpage.


Attendance/Makeup Work:

School attendance policies will be followed (refer to your Student Handbook). Students who are absent have the number of school days missed plus one additional day to turn in makeup work and reschedule tests. Work missed for unexcused reasons will not be accepted. All missed tests must be made up within one week of the day they are given (exception: extended illness).

Late Work:

Late work is accepted for 50% during the unit in which it was due. Please let me know of any situations that might affect your ability to turn in an assignment on time. If you let me know ahead of time, we can discuss an alternate due date.

Rules and Expectations:

WORK HARD AND BE NICE. These are simple, common sense rules that boil down to respect for self, others, and property. OHS Discipline and Cheating/Plagiarism policies will be strictly enforced (see handbook).

Need assistance?

Please feel free to make an appointment with me if you need anything.

Welcome, and here’s to a great year!

Kristin Costello ([email protected])

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