• Staunton High School

    English 12 Honors Syllabus

    Instructor(s): Dr. Cheryl Tacy

    ctacy@stauton.k12.va.us (540) 332-3926

    Course Objectives

    • plan and deliver effective oral presentations
    • use organizational skills, details, illustrations, statistics, comparisons, and analogies to support presenting the evidence clearly and convincingly
    • use appropriate verbal and nonverbal presentation skills
    • choose language and tone appropriate to the audience and purpose
    • use technology skills and understanding of media
    • to create, organize, and display knowledge
    • others can access, view, and use
    • expand general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and viewing
    • using a faster pace, analyze and recognize major literary forms and their elements from a variety of noted British and World literature and literature of other cultures
    • analyze and synthesize information using nonfiction texts from multiple disciplines to solve problems
    • make sense of information from diverse sources, by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas.
    • use self-directed study skills to independently gain in-depth understanding of material
    • produce logically organized informational, expository, and persuasive/argumentative papers
    • demonstrate knowledgeable judgments, and effective conclusions.
    • produce a well-documented major research product, by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and document information following ethical and legal guidelines of both APA and MLA guidelines
    • demonstrate advanced knowledge of grammatical conventions through writing, editing, and speaking


    Prentice Hall Literature: The English Tradition

    A variety of British Literature novels for study such as Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Great Expectations, Dracula, or The Lord of the Flies. Shakespearean Dramas: Othello, Macbeth, or Hamlet

    Videos: King Arthur, excerpts from Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood, and others that may enhance the understanding of British Literature. Excerpts from Perfection Learning Texts.  

    Nonfiction texts to include Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

    A variety of nonfiction articles and sources from online databases for research.  

     Classroom Rules                                                         Conduct Rubric

    • Be respectful.                                                    A—Responsible, Respectful
    • Be prepared.                                                     B—Occasional Lapse in Good Behavior
    • No electronic devices                                         C—Inappropriate Classroom Behavior

                                                                                      D—Defiant  F—No Improvement in Poor Behavior

    Grading Scale

    A+   =   98-100

    A    =    93-97

    A-   =    90-92

    B+   =   87-89

    B    =    83-86

    B-   =    80-82

    C+   =   77-79

    C    =    73-76

    C-   =    70-72

    D+   =   67-69

    D   =     63-66

    D-   =    60-62

    F     =   59 and below




    Grading Percentages  

    • Essays: 35%
    • Tests/Projects: 30%
    • Quizzes: 20%
    • Class work, Participation, and Homework: 15%
    • Midterm/Final: 15% (Averaged later)


    Homework is assigned as a means to practice skills. Students will be assigned reading outside of class, revising essays, projects, and reviewing vocabulary and other material covered in the lessons. If homework cannot be completed at home, then students are encouraged to attend Friday advisory block for extra help. In an honors course, students are expected to be able to work independently and be motivated to seek out enrichment for current areas of study as a supplement or in addition to content being taught.

    Late/Missing Work
    If a student does not attempt an assignment, he/she will receive a zero for that assignment.  Ten points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late.  After an assignment is three school days late, the student will not receive credit for the assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate make-up work and check google classroom for missed work. Students should email the teacher if an emergency arises resulting in a missed class; otherwise, all students are expected to be in class each day.

    General Course Outline

    College & Career Readiness Skills and applied English concepts will be integrated throughout the course. Important: The teacher will ultimately select materials from ideas and themes listed and make choices to supplement or minimize resources based on students’ needs.

    First nine weeks

    Unit I: To be a Hero who creates change

    BIG IDEA/ESSENTIAL QUESTION(s):  Do heroes exist in society today? Who can be a hero? What qualities do heroes posses? What categories of heroes are present?

    Unit II: Self Examination: Considering Change with Caution for Obstacles

    BIG IDEA/ESSENTIAL QUESTION(s):  What events will create change in life? What precautions should be taken to avoid obstacles?

    Second nine weeks

    Unit III: Psychological impacts of change and human reactions

    BIG IDEA/ESSENTIAL QUESTION(s):  What are the effects of change on the human mind? How do people adapt to change?

    Unit IV: Inquiry, Discovery, and Inform or Defend

    BIG IDEA/ESSENTIAL QUESTION(s):  What topic or phenomena should be studied and reported in a formal manner?

    • Linguistic Analysis and Writing Mechanics (All Semester) – 12.3, 12.7
      • Periodic Quizzes on Grammar and Sentence Structures
      • Application of knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language within weekly/bi-weekly vocabulary study
    • Writing (All Semester) – 12.6, 12.7
      • Essays to include expository, and informational, analyses and persuasive/argumentative writings utilizing self- and peer-editing for grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing
      • Weekly Journal

    -     Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy (All Semester) – 12.1, 12.2

    • Analyze and evaluate auditory, visual, and written media messages
    • Produce media messages with a planned, purposeful effect on the audience

                            -     Literature (first 8 Weeks) – 12.4

    • Review Literary Terms and complete analyses of author’s intentions or purpose for writing
    • British Literature 449-1485
    • Non-Fiction (All Semester) – 12.4, 12.5
      • Analysis of non-fiction texts relating to the themes found in fiction pieces being studied and other texts
      • Assessment of Silent Sustained Reading to include essays and planned oral project/product presentations
    • Literature (2nd 9 Weeks) – 12.4
    • British Literature 1485- modern day
    • Research (All semester) – 12.5, 12.8
    • Use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and other media to access information to create a research product
    • Review of Plagiarism, MLA citation, and website evaluation
    • Formal presentations and/or formal research paper using MLA format

    Daily Routine

    • Grammar Study: 5-10 minutes, to be started by or before the tardy bell/place work in a composition notebook to record journals and grammar work.
    • Content area work: to include discussion of text assigned as prior reading and literary time periods.
    • Application of content through writing or discussion
    • Silent Sustained Reading (SSR): 20 minutes +/- of reading a self-selected book or instructional reading only as time allows

     Academic Honesty

    Purpose: Students at Staunton High School are expected to take responsibility for their conduct in both their social and academic actions. Academic honesty requires that students turn in work that is their own and shows their best effort. Academic dishonesty would include cheating or plagiarism.


    Students: Students will read and uphold this policy when completing all school-related assignments    including tests, homework, research and other projects.

    Parents: Parents will encourage students to practice academic honesty.

    Teachers: Teachers will review academic honesty with students. They will also enforce the procedures. Teachers will instruct students in proper procedures for research papers.

    Administrators: Administrators will support academic honesty with students, parents, teachers and other staff members. Disciplinary action taken with students will follow the adopted procedure.

          Definition of Plagiarize: to steal and pass off as one’s own (the ideas or words of another); use (a created     

          production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; present as new and original an idea or   

          product derived from an existing source. (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 1986, p. 1728)

          Plagiarism may include:

    • Lack of in-text documentation
    • Not using quotation marks for direct quotes
    • Paraphrasing and not giving credit
    • Direct copying and submitting as the student’s own work

    Consequences for Plagiarism:

    • First offense is a teachable moment. Student will receive a one grade reduction and must rewrite the paper/portions that were plagiarized for the first offense. Teachers will ensure that students are taught and understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in their writing. For second and subsequent offenses the student will receive a zero grade on the assignment.
    • Teacher will contact student’s parents if the student receives a zero
    • Teacher may submit a written referral to administration for disciplinary action
    • Teacher will refer student to the school “Honor Council”
    • Student may face suspension from clubs, sports or any other extra-curricular activity
    • Student may face criminal charges prosecutable under local, state and federal laws

    Cheating includes:

    Homework/Projects/Miscellaneous assignments

    • Submitting work obtained or copied from another student or obtained from a teacher without permission
    • Allowing another student to copy or obtain work

    Exams, Quizzes or Tests

    • Looking at another student’s test, answers or materials
    • Copying another student’s answers
    • Talking or exchanging materials during the test period
    • Accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring, receiving computerized files without authorization from the teacher. This includes tampering with grades and attendance
    • Using cellular phone technology or any mechanism with camera capabilities to photograph and/or quickly e-mail copies of tests, projects or homework assignments without authorization from the teacher Consequences for Cheating:
    • The student will receive a zero grade on the assignment, project, quiz or test with no makeup offered in conjunction with an administrative meeting
    • Teacher will contact student’s parents if the student receives a zero
    • Teacher may submit a written referral to administration for disciplinary action
    • Teacher will refer student to the school “Honor Council”
    • Student may face suspension from clubs, sports or any other extra-curricular activity
    • Student may face criminal charges prosecutable under local, state and federal laws Referred offenses become part of the student’s disciplinary record. A parent conference may be necessary.

    Major Deadlines:

    • First Day: Begin independent and instructional reading responsibilities
    • August 9: Reading journal due for independent reading text in composition notebook
    • August 9: Article of the week writing due in Google Classroom
    • August 9: First reading of Beowulf excerpt from text finished (sheet submitted)
    • August 14: Second Journal Assignments for independent reading due in composition notebook.
    • August 14: Second reading of Beowulf excerpt completed (sheet submitted)
    • August 14: Have Beowulf read
    • August 19: Be prepared to discuss the independent novel read prior to class with your object that you bring which symbolizes the novel
    • August 20: Anglo-Saxon Unit Text with Beowulf Assessment


    SENIOR Research Project

     The project that you present can be a current topic or social issue that interests you. In this project, you will use details and support for a concept or idea that you are defending or discussing. The evidence will be found from research that you complete. For this senior research project, you may derive ideas from the guiding topics created from your independent reading throughout the course or personal interests.

    Your project should present your interpretation and understanding of a social issue. Your idea is gleaned from your critical reading and drives the focus of the project. Some overall major ideas can be mental health issues, dysfunctional situations, societal values or issues, attitudes towards women or minorities, marriage, education, leadership, policies, or any debatable concepts. All topics must be preapproved and first defended through your proposal

    After midterms, you will develop a written proposal, outline, and annotated bibliography. Independently, you will conduct research to support your thesis. Next, you will work to analyze and synthesize information acquired from research into a media presentation and written research product. As a culminating stage, you will present research to peers and the teacher for evaluation. The final product is a research presentation and written composition. MLA formatting requirements must be followed. 



     Guidelines will be given for all steps which includes approval of your thesis statement and subtopics 

    Proposal for research due October 25, 2019

     Annotated Bibliography of sources due November 1, 2019 (MLA or APA format) 

     Outline of research due November 6, 2019

     Final research project (paper and presentation) due November 15, 2019 (MLA or APA format)

    Presentations will be given November 19-21, 2019





Last Modified on August 6, 2019