English 3

Course Description:  This course is designed to prepare students for college-level work in the language arts.  The course will help students increase their proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  There will be a focus on American literature, expository and persuasive writing, and study skills.

Rules and Expectations

  • All students should behave according to the rules of Lincoln-Way High School.
  • Cell phones should be turned off and put away at all times.  Purses and bags need to be closed and on the floor.
  • There is no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in class. 
  • Always use appropriate language in class, written work and booknoting.
  • Do not be disrespectful in anyway. 
  • I expect your attention to class matters at all times.  This means you should refrain from doing work for other classes or attempting to sleep.  Calculators should never be out.  If you finish a test or assignment before the rest of the class, use the time to begin reading your next assignment or to work on vocabulary.


The current text that we are reading is needed every day. Passes to lockers will not be issued.

Reading List:

  • Selections from Elements
  • Nonfiction
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

Pride in Your Work

  • All work must be completed in blue or black ink.
  • Formal essays should be typed and turned in to turnitin.com. Paper copies of essays will not be accepted.

Grading Policy

  • All assignments and assessments will be calculated using total points.

Grading Scale

A+ 98-100      B+ 87-89       C+ 77-79       D+ 67-69

A 93-97          B 83-86         C 73-76         D 63-66

A- 90-92         B- 80-82        C- 70-72        D- 60-62        F 0-59

Homework Policy

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the period or they are considered late.
  • Late work will be accepted one day late with a 50% deduction.  After one day, late assignments will not be accepted.
  • Cheating in any form will result in a zero for the assignment.

Attendance and Make-Up Work

  • Quizzes or tests must be made up by appointment.
  • Work that is due the day that you are absent will be due at the beginning of the period the day you return.
  • You have as many days as you are absent plus one additional day to turn in work or make up quizzes.
  • If you are absent the day before a scheduled test, you are still required to take the test on the scheduled day.


Plagiarism is cheating that consists of using the work of others without adequate acknowledgment.  Any idea, fact, or language borrowed from a source must be documented formally or informally.  Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own.  It is plagiarism to change even a few words and give no credit to the author.  It is a serious offense.  On assignments where you should be gathering ideas from other sources, those sources must be given credit.  You must be prepared to prove that your paper is properly documented by providing notes, books, articles, or other materials that would verify the authenticity of documentation.  Routinely, once it has been proven, plagiarism will result in a student’s failure of the assignment or failure in the course.