• Senior Syllabus

    Senior English

    Mrs. McGinley, M202


    833-3300 ext. 7058                     2016-2017

    Course Objectives:

    12th grade English objectives include mastering literary analysis, analyzing argument, setting goals for life beyond high school and developing a world vision.

    Writing Applications:

    We will focus on the College Application Essay (reflective essay and expository writing), the analytical  essay, response to literature and  multimedia presentations.

    Works of literature: We will read Kite Runner, Frankenstein, Hamlet, and Into the Wild with other extended readings.

    Notebooks and Agendas: All students must have an English notebook for the following:

    *Daily agendas are to be copied from the overhead  every day. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the agenda from a classmate. They will be collected at the end of each quarter.

    *Daily journals/quotes

    *You must keep all returned and graded work.

    *You must have a section for notes

    *Paper for assignments

    Classroom Rules:

    *No gum, food, or drinks in the classroom

    *Students must adhere to all rules outlined in the Dublin High School discipline policy

    *No cell phones

    *All personal property will be respected, both students’ and teacher’s!

    *All hats are to be removed upon entering the classroom.

    *Late work will not be accepted for any reason unless students have an excused absence.

    *You must keep all returned and graded work.

    Classroom Policies:

    *All major essays will be typed; all essays using secondary sources must utilize MLA format

    *Class work and homework must be written in blue or black ink and must be legible.

    *Students must be in their seats and ready to work when the final bell rings

    *Students will speak in turn and will respect others’ rights to learn and to express their own opinions

    *There will be no inappropriate language or remarks; no being mean!

    *Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The first offense will result in the student receiving a zero on the assignment, a referral and suspension from class for one day.


    Cheating and Academic Integrity: It is crucial that each student does his/her own work. This is the only way students will learn and gain the most success. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Upon the first offense, students will receive a zero on the assignment plagiarized, a referral, and suspension from class. Second offenses and beyond will be dealt with more severe consequences.


    Grades are based on the percentage of total points possible:

               100-90 = A

                89-80 =B

                79-70 =C

                69-60 =D

                59 and below =F

    Points are earned by completing homework, class work (combined 20% of your grade), writing (35% of your grade), group projects, presentations, quizzes and tests (35%), vocabulary quizzes (10%)   Grades will be updated on the portal every other week.

    Help and Absent Work

    I want you to be successful in this class and  I want to help you . I am available at lunch and  after school most days.  Please schedule a time with me so I can plan on giving you my undivided attention. If you are absent and have missed work, you will need to come at lunch or after school to obtain the assignments and/or to take missed quizzes or tests. Additionally, it is a great idea to have telephone numbers of other students in class in order to get missed assignments. As Seniors, I expect you to be responsible and pro-active. You must attend class on a regular basis. Cuts will not be tolerated nor will frequent tardies. It is your job to be here, on time and prepared to learn.


    Homework serves to reinforce concepts that we have covered in class and to prepare students for upcoming discussions and lessons so they can obtain optimum understanding and skills. You must be prepared to have homework nightly.  This can include reading, answering questions, reviewing the day’s lesson, and/or working with other students on group projects.  Late work for essays will be penalized 10% if not turned in the day it is due, with an additional 5% each day after that (max. 50%).  Assignments will be marked down 50% if turned in late.  Late work MUST be turned in during the same unit in which it was assigned.  Late work will NOT be accepted if we have moved on to a new unit of study.


    **All agendas and homework will be posted on the 12th grade calendar on my teacher website.



    Please detach this portion and return. Maintain the upper portion in your binder.

    I have read and understand the rules and course requirements for Mrs. McGinley’s English class.



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