Welcome to Honors English I and AAL!  I can’t wait to get to know all of you this year as you are experiencing high school for the first time!  I am always willing to meet with you outside of class so don’t be shy about setting up a meeting with me.  Asking questions is ALWAYS a plus!

We will be using Google Apps for Education regularly throughout the course. Most information will be found on our Google Classroom or in our shared folders on Google Drive.  See this google spreadsheet for a calendar of events and homework.  Please keep in mind that these dates and assignments are subject to change at the teacher’s discretion.

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Acceptable Use Policy

You MUST turn in your AUP before September 6th or your internet will be turned off.  Print, sign and turn in this form!   AUP

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Course Description

  • Academic Literacies encourages students to develop basic skills across the curriculum including basic literacies in reading, writing, listening, speaking, information, science, economics, technology, mathematics, visual, global and multicultural studies.
  • Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become life-long learners.
  • Essential to the class is the development of teams, so students can engage in cooperative work based on realistic tasks.
  • The methods of instruction of these literacies will include collaboration, consensus building, cooperative learning, and other methodologies.  For example, students will work with each other in groups where each student fulfills specific roles and responsibilities and where all members rely on each other for success.
  • The study of these literacies will be within the framework of real life simulations.  For example, each cooperative group will form a corporation or company, which will fulfill several research, financial, marketing, and presentation tasks.
  • This course will introduce students to many of the study skills necessary for a successful high school career, will be the base for reading and writing across the content areas, and will provide students with the skills and dispositions necessary to become exceptional contributors to our global future.


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Honors I

Freshman Honors English

Course Description

            The Freshman Honors English course is a literature survey course that exposes students to various genres including: the short story, the epic, drama, the novel, poetry, and the essay.  In addition, this course involves the development of comprehension, interpretation, writing, vocabulary, and speaking.  Frequent reading and writing assignments are integral parts of the curriculum.  Listed below is the list of major works and topics that will be covered this year.

  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • King Arthur Stories
  • Julius Caesar or The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Five-Paragraph Essay
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary


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