Dr. Ray Gen
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Requirements - English 9 Honors
Welcome to English 9 Honors. Our goals this year will be to enhance and develop your use,
knowledge, and appreciation of both the technical and literary aspects of the
English language. You will be required
to listen, speak, read, write and think analytically. Our study of the genres of literature will enable us to achieve
these goals. The study of literature
will open up to us the common experiences shared by all humankind.
1. Essays, Journals, and Special Projects
assignments enrich, correspond and coordinate the literature we read.
2. Quizzes and Exams
vocabulary quizzes will be given to prepare you for standardized tests such as
the SAT. Reading quizzes are given to
check your comprehension of reading assignments. Essay exams will be given at the end of each unit to demonstrate
your mastery of the topic of study.
based upon your reading will be allocated.
These assignments primarily investigate the themes and character
development of the readings. Most of
these assignments will be placed in your notebook to be turned in at the end of
For each unit of study, you must
keep assignments, class notes, handouts, returned work, quizzes, etc. in a
notebook which will be evaluated at the end of each unit. This notebook should be consulted when
preparing for unit exams. Students need
to place a detailed table of contents
at the beginning of each notebook. You
should keep these notebooks for use when you prepare for the AP exam in your
5. Class Participation
major grade is based upon how well you interact with the materials and other
students. Each student’s opinion and
viewpoint is highly valued. Respect for
each other and the opinion of others is mandated.
all your writing assignments in your personal electronic portfolio. The stages of writing will be reflected in
7. Grammar Notebook
grammar exercises will be given.
Students need to keep track of these exercises and organize them
will be awarded points for every requirement of this class. A grade of zero point will be earned if a
student fails to turn in an assignment.
Progress reports and the final grade for each semester will be
determined by the traditional scale:
- 90% A
89 - 80 B
79 - 70 C
69 - 60 D
59 - 0 F
The percentage of the total points possible will determine
the student’s grade. The points earned
are cumulative for each semester.
Students who do not maintain the minimum grade of B- are no longer
eligible for the honors program.
Be kind. Be courteous. Have courage. Be respectful. Be honorable. Conduct
yourself with self-respect and dignity.
Plagiarism is anathema.
This class conforms to the expectations of this school's honors program.
Honors classes are MUCH more demanding than the regular English
classes. This class is not a one-year
course. This is a four-year program,
which is designed for students to earn college credit in their senior year. As a student of the English language, we are
preparing you to speak, write, think, and function well within our
society. As we proceed in this millennium, there will be different challenges and requirements facing you
– some of these haven’t even been thought of. With this objective in mind, you
must allocate the necessary time and resources to achieve this goal. Much effort is required to perform well in
My educational philosophy is espoused in this wonderful
“Woman with Flower”
Naomi Long Madgett
I wouldn’t coax the plant if I
Such watchful nurturing may do it
Let the soil rest from so much
And wait until it’s dry before you
The leaf’s inclined to find its
Give it a chance to seek the
sunlight for itself.
Much growth is stunted by too
Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to
learn to leave alone.