English 12 Syllabus

Mr. Brian Stephens




English 12

Course Syllabus


Welcome to English 12!   We have an exciting year ahead of us.   In this course, we will be studying a wide array of literature, encompassing a wide array of literary genres, cultures and historical periods.   With each reading, you will develop and hone your reading, writing and speaking skills.  This syllabus is meant to provide an overview of English 12 and to outline course expectations.


Course materials:

  • Essays
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Films
  • Research sources

Assignments will include:

  • Daily classwork
  • Homework
  • Reading, both in and out of  class
  • Group Work and Presentations
  • Speeches and presentations
  • Timed essay and journal write

Required Reading:

Divikaruni- Arranged Marriage

Salinger- Catcher in the Rye

Shakespeare- Macbeth

Hosseini-  A Thousand Splendid Suns

Williams- A Streetcar Named Desire

Selected short stories and poetry- various authors


Course Expectations:

Attendance:  Students are responsible for making up work resulting from excused absences.  To be successful, it is essential that you attend class regularly and minimize absences, as much as possible.  Frequent absences usually have a negative impact on your overall grade.

 Homework and Classwork: Students will complete most work in class, but will also be assigned homework.  Doing this work regularly and consistently will help you to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills, and lead to better results on summative assessments (i.e. quizzes, tests, essays etc.)

Late Work Policy: Students will receive full credit for all work turned in on time.  Students may receive up to 50% credit for work turned in late.  In most cases you will have one week to complete it.

Required Materials

  • Three ring binder
  • College-rule, letter-sized notebook paper
  • Pencil and/or pen (blue or black only)
  • Novels will be checked out to students

Grading Policy:   Assessments- Will be skill-based and consist of:

Reading Skills- 40% of final grade

Writing Skills- 40% of final grade

Speaking/ Listening Skills- 10% of final grade

Accountability (homework and classwork practices)- 10% of final grade

Classroom Rules

1.  Be in your assigned seat, prepared and ready to learn, when the bell rings.

2. Establish and maintain a respectful learning environment.

3. One person talks at a time.  Listen to the speaker.

4. Bathroom passes:  In general, you should avoid being in the halls during class time, but I recognize that once in a while, emergencies may occur.  You will be issued three bathroom passes per quarter that you can redeem, when necessary.  Keep these in a safe place so that you can access them when you need.  If you have a legitimate health issue I should know about, please let me know.

5. Personal Electronics, such as cell phones are to be put away during class time. If I see it, I confiscate it.  If you need to use your electronic device for a legitimate academic purpose, make sure you ask me first.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism: Any time you use someone else’s words and ideas that aren’t yours, you are plagiarizing


How Not to Plagiarize:

  • Never copy someone else’s words directly!
  • When writing a paper, make sure you credit your sources by using quotations and MLA style citations. Ex.   In the third act of Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio says, “a plague a’ both your houses” (Shakespeare, III, I, 98)


*A student caught cheating or plagiarizing, will face discipline as detailed in the student handbook.


My Pledge to You:
  • I will respect you as an individual while encouraging your unique insights and valuable contributions to the learning community.
  • Do everything I can to make lessons, interesting, engaging and enjoyable.
  • Provide extra help when it’s needed during tutorial, and when I have available time.
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