On this page you will find discussions, links, handouts, and other resources for Mrs. Malone's 11th Grade Honors American Literature class.

Course Instructor:
Mrs. Malone

Course Websites:
Mrs. Malone's English Class Website=

Google Docs=

Online Textbook=

Honors English Webquest Links:
Banned Books Webquest
ALA Banned Books List
Top 100 Banned Books
Intro To Scarlet Letter Activity

Overview of Course:
In this English course, we will read various pieces of American Literature as we attempt to answer the question “What is an American?” In order to answer this question, we will study works from the following literary eras in America:
1. Native American Voices
2. The First Settlers
3. The Age of Reason
4. American Romanticism
5. American Realism
6. The Harlem Renaissance and Modern American Literature

Major literary works studied in this course include:
Novels: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury , The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Drama: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Various short stories, poetry, non-fiction pieces, and essays, including texts that you select to read during daily SSR time

Your grade will be determined by the following elements:
1. Weekly Quizzes (40% of overall grade):
At the end of each week, you will have a quiz reviewing the terms, concepts, and content taken directly from the material we studied throughout that week. The quiz will vary in the types of questions it contains (i.e. multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, short answer, etc.)

2. Unit Projects/Writing Assignments (40 % of overall grade):
For each of our units of study, you will have at least one major writing assignment or project to complete that pulls together the main concepts we have covered. In many cases, you will have several assignment options from which to choose. These range from essays, to soundtracks, PowerPoints, iMovie presentations, collages, and others.

3. Discussion (10 % of overall grade):
Throughout this course you will learn about and take part in many different types of discussions. For each unit of study, you will receive a grade based on your contribution to the discussions in that unit.

4. Vocabulary (10% of overall grade):
In this course you will study a list of 125 Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and root words. We will approach this list by breaking into groups that will divide the list equally, and present weekly vocabulary units to the rest of the class. In the next few days, you will be assigned to your group, and we will begin this process. Your vocabulary grade will be based on the grade (out of a possible 100 points) your group receives on the unit you present, in addition to a final vocabulary test that will be given after all groups have presented. The final vocabulary test will not contain all 125 words, only a smaller selection of them.

Reading & Writing Expectations for Honors Students:
As an Honors English student, you have elected to be in a class where you will go beyond the average level of reading, writing, and communication skills. As you probably know, you will be expected to complete frequent and complex reading and writing assignments. As we begin this course together, so we are all on the same page about reading and writing, I would like you to review the following attached handouts. (handouts distributed in hard copy during class)

Classroom Policies:
1. Day-to-Day Expectations:
• Be on time
• Be respectful
• Be prepared with all supplies needed for class

2. Food/Drink:
Water is the only “approved” drink allowed in the school, and food is not allowed unless you have special permission from me.

3. Lav/Sign-out:
You need to have an agenda to sign out. One guy and one girl may sign out at a time. If you abuse your lav privileges, they will be suspended for an appropriate period of time.

4. Electronic Devices:
Whatever electronic device it is that you are constantly glued to—whether it’s your cell phone, calculator, iPod, Zune, WHATEVER—it should remain safely in your pocket or bag during this class. You’ll survive without it, I promise ☺ You may, however, listen to your music (with headphones) at times when we are working independently in class.

5. Cheating:
Any assignment that I find to be the work of someone other than you will be assigned a zero. Depending on the circumstance, your parents may be notified, and disciplinary action taken.

6. Viewing Your Grades Online:
As most of you probably know, you have the ability to check your grades online at any time. For your reference, I use the following codes in my gradebook:
INC=Incomplete (not handed in)—counts as a zero
EX=Excused—does not count against grade
ABS=Absent (not yet graded)—does not count against grade

7. Handing in Assignments:
a. After Absence—you have THREE school days to make up work you missed due to absence; however, as per school policy, if you are absent illegally, your teacher is not required to accept your make up work.
b. Late Work— You may hand in an assignment ONE day (yes that says ONE day—not 2, not 10, or 30) after its due date, but one letter grade will be automatically deducted from your score. You will receive a zero for the assignment if you do not hand it in after one day.

Mrs. Malone’s 10 Commandments for Writing:
1. You shall not use, at any time, in any piece of writing, an announcement such as “In this essay I will explain to you…” or “This essay is about…” or “In the next paragraph I will tell you about…”

2. You shall not end any piece of writing with any statement similar to any of the following: “I hope you enjoyed this essay”; “These are the reasons why I believe that…”; “Thank you for reading my essay”; “Now you can see why I feel that…”; “I hope you have learned something from reading this essay”.

3. When composing a piece of formal writing that is NOT a narrative, you shall not use “you”, “I”, or “me”.

4. Whenever you are writing anything, you shall not use the terms “I think”, “I feel”, “I believe”, or “in my opinion”. There is no need to use these terms, because if you are the person writing whatever it is you are writing, the reader will know that these are the things that you think, feel, or believe.

5. You shall not use the same type of introduction for every piece of writing that you submit in this class. (For example, do not start everything you write by stating the topic then asking what comes to mind when you think of that topic—i.e. “Family. What do you think of when you hear this word?”)

6. You shall not ask, “How long does this have to be?” The answer to this question will always be “Long enough to fully elaborate on your topic”.

7. You shall not write something because you think it’s what others would want to hear (including Mrs. Malone). Write honestly and sincerely, and you will be more likely to write well.

8. You shall not write something then hand it in without first re-reading and possibly revising it. Do not think of revising as “correcting mistakes”. Revision is a necessary step in writing—no good writer gets his/her thoughts down on paper perfectly the first time, even the professionals. Good writing is good because it has been looked at and altered many times.

9. You shall not use any of the following phrases: "could of", "should of", "would of". Instead, you should use the CORRECT way of expressing these ideas: "could have", "should have", "would have".

10. You SHALL become a better writer if you simply follow through with the activities you are assigned in this class.

IDENTITY SURVEY (To be completed with The Scarlet Letter)

1. In order to get good grades, do you need to study a lot, and work really hard?

2. Most times do you see the glass as half empty or half full?

3. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

4. Do you spend most of your weekend at home, or out and about?

5. What is your favorite subject in school?

6. What is the ultimate goal you hope to accomplish in life?

7. Do you prefer the city or the country?

8. Do you normally make decisions based on logic or emotion?

9. When making decisions, do you normally ask for advice from others?

10. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being lowest, how would you rate your self-confidence?

11. Does religion play a big role in your life?

12. Do you enjoy learning?

13. If you HAD to choose one genre, which kind of music is your favorite?

14. What is the one thing that you worry about most often?

15. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being lowest level, how stressed would you say you are on any given day?