American Literature (Honors)- course overview


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Course Outline: English III Honors

“Oftentimes in reading […] every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence, to see the wonders contained in it; and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders.” -Jonathan Edwards Introduction

English III courses in North Carolina , in accordance with Department of Public Instruction guidelines, are designed to provide an “in-depth study of <st1:country-region> U.S. </st1:country-region> literature and <st1:country-region> U.S. </st1:country-region> literary nonfiction… especially foundational works and documents from the 17th century through the early 20th century.”  Additionally, “at least one Shakespearean play should be included.”  The class activities corresponding to the study of these works are designed to sharpen reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. In order to increase the boundaries of current understanding and ability, students are expected to demonstrate a sincere effort to succeed on all assigned tasks.

Required Materials- In addition to bringing a pen, loose-leaf paper, and required reading materials to class, students will need a large spiral notebook or three-ring binder for notes and handouts. Notebooks should include the following sections:

  • class notes
  • informal writing
  • passage responses
  • grammar
  • vocabulary
  • ACT/ SAT

We will also use lined index cards for many assignments.

Suggested Materials- A highlighter, a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and a desk dictionary, although not required, may prove helpful resources in this and future English courses.

Course Website- A site for the course is currently available at the following address: (It may be easier to simply follow the staff link from the TC Roberson site). It currently features links to online versions of many of the texts studied in class, SAT information, grammar and documentation information, and various other supplemental resources. The site will evolve as the semester progresses, so check back often for updates. Also, please submit suggestions for content that you would like to see added.


9 Week Grading Policy- Marks for each of the 9 week grading periods will carry the following weight values:

1 x daily assignments, homework, quizzes

2 x in-class essays

3 x major writing assignments, tests, projects * Special assignments may merit additional course value. Students will be notified in advance of any changes in the general weight standards. Grading Scale- The scale used in this class will be the same one used by the entire school. 

                        (F up to 70, D 70-76, C 77-84, B 85-92, A 93-100) A check system will by used in grading some assignments, however.  The corresponding numerical values are listed below:












Semester Grade- As prescribed by the county board of education, each nine-week grade counts as 37.5% of a student’s semester average.  The final exam score constitutes the remaining 25%. 

Absences and Late Work- Students absent from class for any reason are responsible for contacting the instructor to ensure satisfactory completion of all missed assignments. Due dates for major assignments will not be pushed back as a result of absences except in special circumstances approved by the instructor, and penalties will apply to all late work. In addition, students accumulating more than five absences must fulfill attendance makeup requirements in order to secure course credit.

Instructor Contact Information- If you have questions about coursework (especially if you are absent), you are encouraged to e-mail me ( or call (654-1765) during fourth period ( 1:30-3:00 ).  Most of the year I have practice in the afternoons, but I am generally available before school and during lunch.  Do not hesitate to set up an appointment.   


Expectations- Students are expected to adhere to the school-wide honor code and set of rules outlined in the TC Roberson handbook (/UserFiles/Servers/Server_98477/File//Staff/Devine, Andrew//American Literature (Honors)- course overview/2011-2012 Student Handbook.doc). In addition, the following guidelines for student behavior apply to the class:


2.     Students will act in a manner respectful of instructors, peers, and themselves.

3.     Behavior or materials (including electronic devices of any sort) that interrupt classroom instruction will not be tolerated.

And perhaps most important: rule #1 Don’t panic.


Work representative of a student's best effort is expected for every assignment. If you make the most of every learning opportunity, your success is assured.











Last Modified on September 18, 2012