• Absegami High School

    Honors English 1 ~ Mr. Breitzman

    Contact Information:

    Mr. Charles Breitzman                                                                                  

    Email: cbreitzman@gehrhsd.net                                                        

     

     

Honors English 1 Period 4

  • Course Description

    Honors English I is a college preparatory course designed for highly motivated students with outstanding ability. One course goal is to prepare students for Honors/AP level courses that may be taken in sophomore through senior years. Based on the Common Core, critical reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening skills are refined in a rigorous academic environment in which students are expected to be able to work independently.

     

    Grading Policy:

    Grading Policy

    Percentages may vary depending on the marking period’s emphasis

    • Homework/Classwork Assignments = 40%
    • Tests/Quizzes/Major Assignments = 50%
    • Progress Assessments = 10%
    • Grades will be updated every 7-10 days and will be available on Genesis.

    Late Homework Policy: 

      • For each day late, the assignment will lose 10% of the grade.
      • After 5 school days, the assignment is no longer acceptable.
      • Some assignments may not be made up at all (EX- if we are using the homework for a class discussion)

     



     

  • Late Homework Policy: 

      • For each day late, the assignment will lose 10% of the grade.
      • Some assignments may not be made up at all (EX- if we are using the homework for a class discussion)

     

    Independent Reading:

    • Each student is expected to have a parent-approved independent reading book with them every day in class.
    • Options for borrowing books:
      • Public Library; Absegami HS Library, my personal classroom library
    • IR days will be on Fridays (day is subject to change, students should always have books with them in class)
    • Reading independently for a set amount of time
    • Responding to journal questions (these stay in the classroom)
    • Teacher conferences 

     

    Works We Will Cover This Year (in no particular order)

    Shorter Works:

     

    • Short Stories
    • Poems
    • Newspaper articles
    • Magazine articles

     

    Longer Works:

    • Life of Pi by Yan Martel
    • The Odyssey by Homer
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    • Taming of the Shrew By William Shakespeare 
    • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

     

     Class Rules/Expectations:

    1. Come to class and be on time.  We do things here that cannot be replaced by “just doing the work,” so attendance is important.
    2. No one can learn in an atmosphere of chaos, so don’t create or add to one.  Be respectful, mostly quiet, and in your seat unless otherwise directed.  Be a team player and work to get along with others. Never line up at the door before the bell
    3. Bring a notebook and a pen every day.  I have no preference on notebooks, as long as it is organized. 
    4. Pen = Blue or Black ink please.
    5. All work which has you write a complete sentence or more, needs to be done in pen.  10 point deduction for breaking this rule. Quizzes and tests and vocab homework can be pencil.  Your notes are your notes, but I think pencil is smudgy and light.
    6. Do your homework and do it on time.  Work I collect, but don’t immediately go over will receive a 10 point deduction per day late.  Work I go over in class will only be worth 50% if not handed in on time.  You won’t know when I’m just going to collect and when I’m going over the work.  So, save us all, the headache and do it on time.
    7. Absent on the day of a previously announced test?  Be prepared to take a different version of it the day you return.  Miss a pop quiz?  Same deal.  Miss an extended period of time?  See me when you return and make arrangements. 
    8. Keep your phone silent and put away.  When I want you to use it, I’ll let you know.