IRGENS Sophomore Honors English 2008 - 2009
WHS: Staffing 9:54 – 10:47 & Prep 2:27 – 3:20 E-mail anytime
WHS Classroom #327
WHS Phone #572-0967
Grading Scale: How to Pass:
A 92 - 100 Show up
B 83 - 91 Pay attention
C 74 - 82 Do your work
D 65 - 73 Behave
Final Grade: Semester Grade:
50% semester 1 20% final tests and/or final projects
40% quarter one (90% all work, 10% AR)
50% semester 2 40% quarter two (90% all work, 10% AR)
Please go to http://boards.williston.k12.nd.us/whs/english/default.aspx (or go to
WHS homepage & click on English department) to view the anticipated
schedule, to download handouts/rubrics, and to access helpful links.
You will need a sendit e-mail account that you can access at school and home
for communication with me and to turn in certain assignments.
Absences and makeup work:
Attendance in an honors class is important. If you will be absent for school
activities, you will complete assignments before leaving.
All quizzes or other in-class assignments will be made up on Mondays (come the
first Monday after your absence) at 7:00 A.M. No other arrangements will be
acceptable. If you miss, you will forfeit your opportunity to earn points on
This honors course explores literacy at an accelerated pace. We will focus on
developing individual skills to promote success in college. Students will:
behave maturely and abide by WHS Code of Conduct
share questions and thoughts freely and frequently
work independently as well as in groups from time to time
develop literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking
compose and respond to a variety of literature
reflect on individual processes: thinking, writing, reading, etc.
explore world literacy
learn and use 6+1 Traits of Writing
explore a variety of reading, note-taking, studying, and brainstorming techniques
Earn 14 AR points each quarter for 10% of your overall grade.
NONFICTION REQUIREMENT: During third quarter, you must earn two (or more) of
your 14 points by reading nonfiction material on the AR list and passing the
No late work will be accepted without a late coupon.
Use a coupon up to 24 hours after assignment was originally due.
You only have two coupons for the entire year. Use them wisely.
My printer wouldn’t work. Send your assignment electronically to my e-mail address: Tara.Irgens@sendit.nodak.edu
Your assignment needs to arrive before it is due. Sending late is only acceptable with a
I have a question about or need to E-mail me. Bullets and brief explanations are useful.
let you know something important… EXAMPLES:
1. Can you check my score for the vocabulary quiz from Friday, September 7th? I
thought I got a 9/10.
2. Also, I will be gone for a family trip on September 26 – 28. When it would be
I AM A VISUAL PERSON. TELL ME convenient, could you get my assignments ready? I would like to get them
SOMETHING WITHOUT A NOTE, AND completed before I leave.
THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE I WILL 3. The final draft of my reflective essay will be on your desk at 3:30 with my late
FORGET! coupon… just to give you a heads up!
I need to go to the library to print off You may not go during class – PERIOD!
my paper… If you’d like to use a late coupon, you might as well use the next 23 hours (after class) to
polish the assignment.
Required materials - daily
Binder: A solid three-ring binder (1.5 Pen or pencil
- 2 inches) is required for this class.
Diana Hacker Handbook: Research and
WHS Student Handbook: Bring it Documentation in the Electronic Age (Fourth
to every class; it is your pass to the Edition) by Diana Hacker with research sources by
bathroom or office. Barbara Fister. It’s about $10 new. (This number will
help you locate the right edition: ISBN - 13: 978-0-
312-44339-0.) RDEA is an amazing reference book
AR book that will take you from senior year of high school to
senior year of college.
Expectations: Take notes below
SELF TEACHER PEERS CLASS
HONORS SOPHOMORE ENGLISH CONTRACT
We agree to…
I ____________________________ (student name) understand the above information.
As parent or guardian of ________________________ (student name),
I ____________________________ (parent or guardian) understand the importance of the
above information, and I will encourage my son/daughter to do his/her best.
Sign and return by _________day, August _____, 2008
SOPHOMORE HONORS FALL ROUGH SCHEDULE
We’ll play it by ear. We may decide to switch things around quite a bit…
WEEK # DATES CONCEPTS
1 Aug. 20-22 Intro, team-building, review, skills surveys…
2 Aug. 25-29 …Portfolio & MLA documentation…
3 Sept. 2-5 … Presentation (+1) and Trait 6: Convention (survey)
4 Sept. 8-12 Trait 1: Ideas
5 Sept. 15-19 Trait 2: Organization
6 Sept. 22-26 Trait 3: Voice
7 Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Trait 4: Sentence Fluency
8 Oct. 6-10 Trait 5: Word Choice
9 Oct. 13-17 Frankenstein
10 Oct. 20-22 ″
11 Oct. 27-31 ″
12 Nov. 3-7 Final projects & tests for Frankenstein
13 Nov. 10-14 Research paper & MLA documentation
14 Nov. 17-21 ″
15 Nov. 24-26 ″
16 Dec. 1-5 Play: TBA
17 Dec. 8-12 ″
18 Dec. 15-19 Semester Tests/Projects
19 Jan. 5-9 ″
Some ideas we will novel & play: characterization, themes, mood, author
cover this semester: biography, etc.
6+1 traits of writing
grammar & usage Next semester…
writing process: from brainstorming to publishing world literature
taking notes vs. annotation and techniques in literary terms & more!