Spain Park High School
English Department Academic Requirements: 12th Grade
No late homework will be accepted.
Formal essays and projects will be accepted late at a 10% per calendar day penalty.
The research paper is excepted from the above and left entirely to teacher discretion.
MLA rules for documentation will be the department standard.
Summer reading should be used as a way to introduce important themes, topics, and concepts that will be explored and refined throughout the year..
All teachers will begin the year with a short objective quiz and a writing assignment requiring students to examine some aspect of the novel they read.
Students enrolling late will be given three weeks to complete summer reading.
Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
Mastery of all Alabama High School Graduation Exam objectives will be expected.
Direct, explicit re-teaching of AHSGE objectives will be used only when conducting remediation for those students yet to pass the language portion of that
Effective written and verbal expression is the ultimate goal of instruction in grammar, usage, and mechanics; any assessment should reflect this.
Relevant conventions and rules of standard written English will be reinforced and refined most meaningfully within the context of student composition.
Vocabulary instruction will be weekly using the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level G Workbook. Students will work themselves in the workbook to prepare
for a unit quiz.
Students in English 12 will write at least four formal essays per semester.
Composition instruction will emphasize persuasion. The construction of the argument and the use of textual support to develop it will both be key in
Students will employ the multi-paragraph essay model when writing formal essays.
Essays should include the following:
o MLA heading and title.
o Appropriate thesis at the end of the introductory paragraph.
o Topic and concluding sentences in body paragraphs.
o Transitional words and/or phrases within and between paragraphs.
o Sufficient supporting detail and exemplification within body paragraphs.
Essays should be free of the following:
o Sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices.
o Subject/Verb and pronoun/antecedent disagreement in number and/or gender.
o Second person pronoun usage.
o Misspelled words, errors in capitalization, and incorrect punctuation.
Both content and mechanics will be considered when grading formal essays.
To the extent possible, teachers will maintain common standards in the evaluation of student writing.
Students will extend their understanding of the research process by writing a researched essay in accordance with MLA guidelines. Both process and
product will be considered when assigning a grade.
Teachers will assign a common research assignment.
Students will read and examine the following required texts:
o Summer reading selections
o Selections from The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
o Selections from Le Morte D’Arthur, Malory
o Antigone, Sophocles
o Macbeth, William Shakespeare
o The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
o Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
o The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Other appropriate poems, short stories, plays, novels, and prose may be assigned at teacher discretion. Wide latitude is given here to allow for creativity and
Optional texts should be chosen to reflect diversity of genre, ethnicity, and gender.
In addition to literature study, teachers will present students with fifteen literary, mythological, or cultural allusions each nine weeks. Students are
responsible for copying the allusions down and will have a quiz at the end of the nine week period on the fifteen allusions.
detach and return to teacher – the above info should be kept in the student’s
I have read, and I understand, both the curriculum requirements as well as the plagiarism policy. I will comply with the plagiarism policy at all times.
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