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Welcome to Honors English 12 ~ Literature Survey

Honors English 12 ~ 1 credit ~ Full Year

Students in Honors English 12 will explore literature more widely and deeply through encounters with
challenging print and non-print texts. This Honors English course fosters intellectual curiosity by
encouraging students to generate thought provoking questions and topics and to research diverse
sources. Additionally, students are required to work as self-directed and reflective learners, both
independently and in groups, as leaders and collaborators. Higher level thinking skills will be
emphasized through interdisciplinary and critical perspectives as reflected in the quality of student
performance in oral language, written language, and other media/technology.
This class will challenge students through independent critical thinking. In accordance with the
Common Core State Standards, students who are college and career ready in the Language Arts:
Demonstrate independence.
Students can, without significant scaffolding, comprehend and evaluate complex texts across a range of
types and disciplines, and they can construct effective arguments and convey intricate or multifaceted
information. Likewise, students are able independently to discern a speakers key points, request
clarification, and ask relevant questions. They build on others ideas, articulate their own ideas, and
confirm they have been understood. Without prompting, they demonstrate command of Standard
English and acquire and use a wide-ranging vocabulary. More broadly, they become self-directed
learners, effectively seeking out and using resources to assist them, including teachers, peers, and print
and digital reference materials.
Build strong content knowledge
Students establish a base of knowledge across a wide range of subject matter by engaging with works of
quality and substance. They become proficient in new areas through research and study. They read
purposefully and listen attentively to gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise.
They refine and share their knowledge through writing and speaking.
Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
Students adapt their communication in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline. They set and
adjust purpose for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use as warranted by the task. They
appreciate nuances, such as how the composition of an audience should affect tone when speaking and
how the connotations of words affect meaning. They also know that different disciplines call for different
types of evidence (e.g., documentary evidence in history, experimental evidence in science).
Comprehend as well as critique
Students are engaged and open-mindedbut discerningreaders and listeners. They work diligently to
understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, but they also question an authors or speakers
assumptions and premises and assess the veracity of claims and the soundness of reasoning.
Value evidence
Students cite specific evidence when offering an oral or written interpretation of a text. They use relevant
evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking, making their reasoning clear to the
reader or listener, and they constructively evaluate others use of evidence.
Use technology and digital media strategically and capably
Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and
language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they
integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the
strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best
suited to their communication goals.
Come to understand other perspectives and cultures
Students appreciate that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people
from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives must learn
and work together. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading
and listening, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds. They
evaluate other points of view critically and constructively. Through reading great classic and
contemporary works of literature representative of a variety of periods, cultures, and worldviews,
students can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different than their own.
Class Rules -


Be Courteous
Simply, be nice. Do not call people names, belittle, bully, disrespect, etc. This class will
be a place where all students feel comfortable saying what is on your minds. The essence
of the English language, and studying it, is based upon discussions. We will have scores
of discussions that will offend and/or cause disagreements this is okay! Just remember
you must be nice when disagreeing.
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing,
much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the
making. ~ John Milton

All Handbook Rules Apply
You must follow the rules of the Student Handbook in my classroom.

I will never accept late homework unless you have an excused absence from the office.
Your homework will be marked as a zero until you show me an excused pass. The only
time I will accept late work (not homework) is on major papers or projects over 5 pages
or 100 points. The highest grade you will receive on late projects or papers is a C. Learn
time management skills and utilize the calendar app on your phone or your agenda.

What to Do When Absent
If you are absent, please do not disturb the class by coming up and asking me for your
missed handouts. At the end of every day, I will place the handouts in a folder for your
class in a designated area. Look in the folder for the day you missed to find what you
need. In addition, I will not tell you that you missed anything; this includes tests,
quizzes, homework, project assignment sheets, or general papers. Look at the board to
see the weeks agenda and to see what you missed. You must make up missed activities
within the amount of time allotted by the Student Handbook. It is your responsibility to
make up what you missed.

No Cheating
Duh but I take this very seriously. I will not tolerate cheating. If someone cheats off
you during a test or quiz, it is your fault you did not cover your work, so you will also fail
the assignment. If you plagiarize or even pay someone else to do your work for you, I will
know, or I will find out (people seem to tell me everything!).
i. Tests, quizzes, homework - Automatic zero for cheating
ii. Papers - Chance to re-do the work, phone call home, detention every day after
school to work on the assignment until completed, best grade D
Cell Phones
We all have phones, and we all are annoyed by people who are rude and disrespectful
with their phones. Dont be that person. Ill tell you when you can have your phones out.
If I dont tell you, explicitly, then you must have your phone off and put away. If your
phone disrupts class or you use it for any reason during any assessment, I will take it and
you will receive a zero for the assignment.

Ask for Help
I love English, which also means I am pretty good at it! Please ask for help if you find yourself struggling
at any time. I want to help! Unless I have a meeting to attend, I am available every day after school for
tutoring. You may also contact me via email TSchauwecker@lakeflyers.org BE SURE TO SPELL IT

All final drafts must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, with one inch margins.
Visit the Online Writing Lab (OWL.Purdue.edu) for further assistance with formatting papers in APA
style. Turn in all papers to tschauwecker@lakeflyers.org. No printed papers will be accepted. Plan

You will have a variety of chances to keep your A in this class through the completion of homework,
discussions, quizzes, tests, papers / writing, and projects

Grade Scale
Papers / Projects 45%
Tests 25%
Classwork 15%
Quizzes 10%
Homework 5%

Religion, The Bible, God/s, and a variety of other religious components will be discussed in this class on a
regular basis. Please understand that I in no way am trying to question your beliefs, no matter what they
may be. I am in no way trying to persuade or dissuade anyone from thinking or believing in any religion
or lack of religion. As a class, in an academic setting, and for academic purposes, however, we will talk
about and discuss religion in ways that some people may not approve of - this is ONLY to elicit emotion
and discussion. What statements are made in class may not be anyones true feelings but merely
discussion points or questions. Each person and family has their own religion or spirituality and I will
never attempt to change these beliefs. It is important for everyone to understand that when learning
about the English language, religion is an enormous factor - likely the biggest factor of all influences;
therefore, it is essential for us to discuss religion. When our discussions or anything I say offends you,
please accept my apologies ahead of time.

USB / Flash drive
3 ring binder with dividers
Colored pen (other than blue or black)
College ruled notebook paper
Spiral notebook (any cover)
Book cover (homemade or store bought)
Gmail account This must be your school account.

We will use a variety of technology in this class, as it is an integral part of our society and workforce.
Most assignments will be completed using some form of technology. Your accounts from last year may
not work this year; you will have to check to see that youre in the right class (5
www.NoRedInk.com Grammar practice for the ACT
www.Quizlet.com Vocabulary practice
www.GoogleDrive.com All papers should be completed and submitted through Google Drive/Docs,
using your school provided email address.

As most have you were in Honors English 11, you are aware of the Independent Reading Assignments that
take place throughout the year. You will have to complete one IRA per month during the first semester,
then one IRA and one author study during the last semester. Be prepared early! As seniors, and previous
students, you will not have the same project choices you had last year.

Senior Research Project
During the course of this year, you will complete a senior research project. This will take a lot of research
and effort, so be sure to get started early. By the second semester, you will (hopefully) have chosen your
college major. The research project will be specific to your career choice and relevant to your future in
the industry. Previous topics have been: Advances in stem-cell research, The effects of kangaroo care for
premature infants, and Health risks in the tattoo industry. Whatever your topic, it must advance your
knowledge in your field and represent what you will actually study in college. Start thinking early!

Schauweckers Warning
This class is run and taught like a college class. The majority of your work is independent. Most days
you will work on what you need to complete, as you will always have multiple assignments going at the
same time. This freedom will truly benefit some but could really hurt others. If you cannot work
independently, without being a distraction to yourself and others, you will have a hard time in this class.
To survive, you must learn time management, independence, self-discipline, and self-motivation.

Again, please feel free to contact me for any questions. I look forward to working with you all this year.

Contact Information
Tonya Schauwecker
419-661-6640 ext. 3819