Honors Syllabus

Course Syllabus
Honors English 8
Hope Seeley

Goal of this course:
The goal of this course is to adequately prepare students for 9th grade Honors English by teaching them strong background skills and their application. We will be following the Common Core for English Language Arts, grade 8, and A+ College Ready English 8 Pre AP curriculum.

Prentice Hall Online Literature: grade 8.

Supplementary novels and workbooks. Laying the Foundation modules.

Students need to acquire their own copy of each major work per nine weeks.

A+ College Ready

Students will need a one-inch three ring binder with pockets and five tab divider with loose-leaf paper, journal notebook, highlighter, black or blue ink pens, and pencils. Label binder dividers as:  Homework, vocabulary, grammar, literature, and bell ringers. Students need to bring their laptops fully charged every day.

Course plan:
The followings standards from the Common Core will be taught and applied throughout the year:

First nine weeks: Rites of Passage

  • Major Work: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Second nine weeks: Mystery and Suspense

  • Major Work: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Third nine weeks: Challenges and Choices

  • Major Work: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Fourth nine weeks: Nothing New Under the Sun

  • Major Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare


  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft and Structure
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Range of Reading and Text Complexity


  • Text types and Purpose
  • Production and Distribution of Writing
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Range of Writing

Listening and Speaking:

  • Comprehension and Collaboration
  • Presentation and Knowledge of Ideas

Projects, papers, assignments:
There will be additional projects/presentations (some will be group projects) Students are to keep a binder consisting of class notes, handouts, and graded papers. Students will be expected to keep up with reading assignments so that they can participate in class discussions. Students are to use standard rule notebook paper and black or blue pens. No final drafts will be accepted in pencil or on spiral bound paper.

Late work:
All work is expected to be turned in on time; however, I will accept late work with a ten point per day penalty,(or 10% of the grade) with a maximum of three days accepted. After three days it will be a zero. If a student has an excused absence on the day an assignment is due, I will expect the work to be turned in on the day he returns to class without any penalty. If the student has an unexcused absence the work will not be allowed to be made up.

Students must attend class and be on time. Students not in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings will be counted as tardy. Students have two days to turn in an excuse for absences. After two days it will be counted as an unexcused absence. Students coming in late to class must have a pass.

Tests will consist of short answer, fill in the blank, matching, and short answer discussion. Tests will follow the end of each unit. Unannounced tests may be given. Quizzes will be multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank and short answer. A writing assignment will follow each unit.

Work will be graded on point value. For example, tests may count 100 points, vocabulary quizzes may count 50 points, and homework/class work may count 25 points.

Test taking procedures: No talking, no looking at other’s work, no open books on desks. Failure to comply with test taking rules will result in disciplinary action and a different test will be given at the teacher’s discretion.

Discipline policy:
Students are expected to follow the posted classroom rules and all school rules. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

I am available to the students for extra help or to answer any questions before or after school and during my third period planning. I may also be reached via my e-mail address: hope.seeley@hsv-k12.org

Visit my blog for class updates, links, etc: www.ilovelit.edublogs.org

For assignments: edmodo


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