Honors English I
Classroom website <mrsdrakesclassroom.pbworks.com>
Voice Mail Mrs. Drake (217)639-5093
This course will emphasize the study of literature as well as the study of
grammar usage and the writing process.
First semester, students will study Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as well
as modern poetry and a non-fiction unit.
Second semester, students will study select short stories, at least two novels,
and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.
One full-length, fiction or non-fiction work chosen by the student and
approved by the teacher must be read outside of class both semesters.
A minimum of two five-paragraph essays must be formally evaluated each
semester. First semester the focus will be on compare/contrast and
cause/effect writing, while second semester the focus shall be on narrative
writing and persuasive writing. One essay must include a research
Weekly timed, reading comprehension practice and the study of vocabulary
root words are also required for this course.
Elements of Language 3rd Course Elements of Literature 3rd Course
Holt, Rinehart, & Winston Holt, Rinehart, & Winston
High expectations are a must!
Good attendance is essential to success.
Abide by the “golden rule.”
Come to class on time.
Be prepared for class.
Do not ask to leave the classroom except for emergencies (you must
have your planner).
Late work will not be accepted except under rare circumstances.
Deal with make-up work immediately.
No food or drink is allowed in the classroom.
No cell phones or ipods are permitted to be in use during class
Respect school property especially classroom equipment.
Wait for the teacher to dismiss the class and not the bell.
A verbal warning is given when a classroom rule has been violated. This does not include
tardy violations, insubordination, misbehavior for a sub, inappropriate use of classroom
equipment, or gross misconduct.
Insubordination, misbehavior for a sub, and inappropriate use of classroom equipment
will result in, at minimum, an automatic detention. A tardy violation receives an
automatic 3 points.
If the warning is not heeded, 3 pts. are assigned for each subsequent infraction.
When the student has accumulated 9 classroom points, a point letter is sent home to
The next subsequent infraction after the letter will be an assigned detention.
If the behavior continues beyond the detention, subsequent points are assigned.
If in the event that the student reaches 20 points, a conference with the parent/guardian
is held to determine further disciplinary action. Depending on the nature of the
infractions, this could mean anywhere from more assigned detentions, AER, or removal
to study hall.
Point records accumulate during one semester and then begin anew second semester.
You will have one day for every day missed to make up your assignments.
Please come in to see me during tutorial as soon as you return to school from
Tests and quiz make-up dates must be scheduled immediately.
Check the make-up folder or the classroom website for assignments and
handouts. The site’s address is <mrsdrakesclassroom.pbworks.com>.
Alternative assignments may be given for missed videos and group
If you are absent on an important essay or presentation due date, only a note
from a parent/ guardian or doctor will excuse you from receiving late
Papers and presentations not turned in on the assigned due date will receive
one letter grade deduction for each day late.
If you miss school for any reason other than illness, you will need to make up
your work before you leave in most cases.
*Grades in this class are cumulative and are
based on total points.
The greatest percentage of your grade in this class will be taken from
classwork & homework. You should expect to have homework almost every
Occasional unit quizzes and tests will also make up a considerable percentage
of your grade.
Two formal essay assignment grades will be included in your percentage for
this course as well.
You will also be required to submit 30 annotations for a book that you read
outside of class. This assignment is worth 150 points each semester.
Class projects, if time permits, will be included in your final semester grade as
You will also receive an organization grade for the semester. This grade will
be based on several factors including preparedness for class each day,
organization of folder, notes, and handouts; including appropriate headers on
all documents, and following all instructions for submitting assignments.
Class participation will also be figured into the semester grade as well, not to
exceed 10% of the overall grade.
More on Grading
Please do not ask me “Is this assignment for a
The answer is always “Yes” whether I collect it and
assign an actual grade or not!
Every academic activity you do in this class is either
receiving a formative or summative assessment.
“Formative” assessments are based on a teacher’s
observations of a student. “Summative” assessment
is based on actual quizzes, tests, exams, written
essays, and final projects.
So, this means, give your best effort on everything
you do in this class!
Please bring your textbook, paper, English folder, pen, pencil,
and journal to class each day.
Spiral bound notebook paper is discouraged.
Please use pencil or black/blue ink on all assignments.
Unless instructed otherwise, please use complete sentences
for all assignments. Remember to proofread, correcting all
spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors.
Include an appropriate header with all assignments, including
first and last name, course title, hour, date, assignment title,
and page number. The assignment title should be centered at
the top of the paper. All other info should be included in the
upper right-hand corner of the assignment.
Please write neatly and legibly. For some, it may be better to
type the assignments.
Miscellaneous Policies and
All formal essay assignments should be typed, double-spaced, and
include header. No cover page or report folder should be included.
Score sheets are provided for each student to keep track of
assignments and points earned. Students are highly encouraged to
keep track of their own grades. Otherwise, they shall find
themselves at the mercy of the teacher’s accounting system.
Each student will be provided a manila folder to store all important
documents such as tests, quizzes, and essays. These folders shall be
kept in the classroom.
Please save all of your assignments and handouts throughout the
Most writing completed in this course is evaluated according
to Illinois state standards based on a six point scale for Focus,
Support/Elaboration, Organization, Conventions, and
The MLA or Modern Language Association is the style used in
all English classes at CHS for documenting sources.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If a student is discovered
plagiarizing in this course, a failing grade for the assignment
shall be the result.
A computer program known as Turnitin.com may be used in
this course to check for assignment’s originality.
Daily Grammar Practice
We will be using a grammar program known as DGP or Daily
We will be doing DGP normally at the beginning of each class period
unless instructed otherwise. On some occasions, the DGP activity
shall be assigned as homework and at other times you will be
provided the opportunity to work through the assignment in class as
There will be a quizzes over DGP material occasionally.
The DGP skills will be included on the semester and final exams.
The expectation from this program is that you will learn and retain
more grammar knowledge to prepare you for the professional world.
The assignments from this program will count as part of your daily
More Grammar Info
We are also going to continue a grammar computer program
We will go to the lab occasionally to complete the unit
Pretests and posttests along with individual grammar lessons
Students will work at their own pace and set due dates to
complete tests and lessons will be designated by the teacher.
Students will receive passwords to access the programs.
Tests may not be taken at home, but practice lessons may if
the student has internet access.
All students’ completed lessons, tests, and scores are sent
directly the teacher’s inbox for review.
Last year our school began using an internet
program called gaggle.net.
With this program all students are given an
email account to be used for educational
Students may send and receive emails to
teachers and peers.
Students may also submit assignments to
teachers via the homework dropbox.
There are many other features that may be
used with gaggle.net that will be discussed
in class shortly.
If you do not have internet access at home,
please let your teacher know so that an
alternative method for submitting
assignments may be provided.
We do have internet access available in the
CHS media center also.
Get ready for a great