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English 3 Syllabus

Highlands High School

English III – College Preparatory



Instructor: Beth Bloom or Katie Stewart

Phone: (859) 815 -2621 or (859) 815-2678

E-Mail: beth.bloom@fortthomas.kyschools.us or kathleen.stewart@fortthomas.kyschools.us


Grade: 11

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II or AP Seminar/English II


The focus of the course is a survey of American literature. The course is designed to develop ACT Reading and English skills as well as writing strategies shown through (but not limited to) a personal essay, definition essay, literary analysis, public service announcement, and an argumentative research essay.  Students will continue to develop vocabulary skills.



In order to pass the course, the student must complete acceptable portfolio pieces in the following categories: a personal essay, definition essay, a literary analysis, a multimedia presentation, and an argumentative research essay. Writing may also include a short story and poems as well as a number of open response and on demand essays.


Course Standards:

Following completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop reading skills applicable to all genres and types of reading (literary, informational, argumentative, and practical/workplace)
  • Read and analyze a variety of literary genres- short story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction.    
  • Continue to develop writing skills by examining various writing forms such as but not limited to narrative, informational, and argumentative forms.
  • Refine existing grammar skills and extend knowledge base towards successful benchmark attainment on the ACT.
  • Use appropriate technology.
  • Continue to develop speaking, listening, and presentation skills.



Course Binder – provided digitally


Required Materials:

Assigned texts

I inch binder with pockets

Pack of loose leaf

Highlighters – pack of multicolored

Pens and pencils (different colored pens)

Notecards (one pack of 4x6)

Sticky notes  (several packs)

Box of tissues





Students will be evaluated in accordance to the Highlands High School Grading Scale on class assignments and activities including but not limited to the following:

  • Homework
  • Grammar/Vocabulary quizzes
  • Reading comprehension quizzes
  • Unit tests
  • Projects
  • Written expression
  • Revision of written work
  • Positive participation
  • Bonus points –when available


Grades will be weighted in the following manner –

45% Essays

30% Classwork/Homework/Participation

25% Quizzes/Tests   


Highlands High School Grading Scale:

A - 95-100    C-81-75

B+- 94-92     D- 74-70

B – 91-85      F – 69 and below

C+- 84-82



Year-Long Extra Credit Opportunity:

Throughout the entire 2015-2016 school year, students will have the opportunity to earn 10 points each quarter.  We believe that students should look for opportunities to “see” English in the real-world.  This is especially true in the area of writing and grammar.  Students should be on the lookout for grammatical errors EVERYWHERE – street signs, internet articles, etc.  Students can snap a picture and email it to the respective teacher. We will provide examples at the beginning of the school year. 



Participation and Attendance:

Students are expected to be prompt and prepared for class.  Positive participation and proper behavior are encouraged in order to demonstrate learning as well as to foster intellectual maturation.  Again, participation is ESSENTIAL for success in English III.


Absent/Late Work Policy: Students have as many days as they are absent to complete missing work.  Students can find absent work in their respective class folder.   It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any missing work.  Late Work will not receive full credit.  Students may turn in work for half credit following the day it is due.  After that day, no additional credit will be given. Instructions on turning in late work will be reviewed in class.  ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL ALSO BE POSTED ON SCHOOLOGY.


Please note: Parent contact is incredibly important to the success of the whole student. If there are ever any questions regarding your child’s success in my class, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone.  Also, please check email weekly for the “This Week in English” updates.





Technology Policy – English Department - 2015 – 2016:

The use of technology in the classroom is for educational purposes. During classroom hours, the use of technology for anything other than academic purposes is inappropriate use of that technology.


To maintain the academic integrity of the digital environment in the classroom, all students are expected to:

•           Charge and keep their devices in working condition at the beginning of every class

•           Update, maintain, and organize class materials on devices

•           Proficiently use all learning platforms such as Schoology, school email, etc.

All students are expected to monitor their own appropriate usage of all technology. Inappropriate usage includes, but is not limited to:

•           Cyber-bullying

•           Use of social media

•           Gaming

•           Messaging

•           Plagiarism

•           Cheating

•           Unauthorized web searches

•           Capturing and distributing photos and video, unless authorized for academic purposes

•           Capturing and distributing secure course material

•           Any other expectations specific to the source and/or instructor


The consequences for off-task behavior when using technology include:

  1. A warning
  2. Detention
  3. Parental contact and loss of technology privileges in the classroom
  4. Administrative referral


**The consequences for the inappropriate use of technology aligns with those outlined in the Student Handbook and include parental contact, loss of technology privileges in the classroom and/or administrative referral.


Academic Dishonesty Policy – “The Educational Felony”

To plagiarizeverb / pla·gia·rize \'pla-j?-?riz also -je-?-\ - “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own :  use (another's production) without crediting the source” (Merriam-Webster).

Plagiarism of any sort will not be tolerated in English III.  This includes (but is not limited to): copying someone’s homework without credit, not appropriately citing research, cheating on a formative or summative assessment, and copying and pasting from the internet and not citing appropriately.

  • If a student is caught plagiarizing a homework or classwork assignment, he or she will receive an automatic zero. The student who has lent his or her homework will also receive a zero.  There is a distinct difference between working together and copying – let’s be honest.
  • If a student is caught cheating on an assessment of any kind, he or she will receive a zeroThey may make up the assessment for 60% if the student attends Saturday School to redo the assignment AND completes an alternate assignment.
  • If a student is caught plagiarizing a major essay/portfolio piece, he or she will only receive up to a 60% on the assignment and will need to revise the entire assignment to ensure the piece is authentic.  They will also need to attend Saturday School to complete an alternate assignment.