Camden Hills Regional High School

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Honors American Lit/Narrative and Exposition
Ms. Cole
Room 224 - Period

Colecatraz welcomes you. Please suspend all preconceived notions of English class and come with an open mind and a tolerance of the slightly bizarre.  This year, we will be focusing on sharpening, expanding, and improving your analysis of literature and the communication of your original ideas. This course is divided into two distinct semesters: American Literature and Narrative/Exposition/Research. You will be challenged to apply what you have learned thus far, in order to effectively discuss and analyze American Literature as well as your own writing. You will explore American authors’ representation of American society as it has evolved over the brief history of this country. The literature covered is chosen with the expectation that-as upperclass students-juniors can analyze some mature themes found in American culture. This is a rigorous course and the expectations are high.  You will continually be asked to evaluate your own work and find ways to improved and expand your communication skills. You will be expected to write for a variety of purposes and demonstrate your understanding and skills through presentations, multimedia projects, and formal assessments.   You will have numerous writing assignments including on-demand essays, college essay prompts, and a substantial final research project.   




Download American Lit Narrative Common Core Standards Aligned Outcomes.pdf

Download CHRHS ELA Graduation Standards.pdf



*This is an honors course and you will be expected to complete homework most nights I will allow exceptions in case of alien invasion or a sudden attack of bubonic plague.  All other excuses pale in comparison. 

*You are expected to be an active and engaged learner within the classroom, engaging in discussions, group work, and individual tasks (please refrain from texting your bffl, photobooth-ing selfies, or playing online Clash of Clans).

*You are expected to experiment, question, and grow as a learner.

*Please come to class on time and readywith (I really shouldn’t have to say this):

         *iPad (charged)

         *Composition notebook


         *Completed assignments

*Please respect yourself, your class, your environment, and your teacher.

*Assignments are due at the beginning of class.  Please have them printed and ready to hand in by the time the bell rings. 

*No electronic devices are to be used without teacher permission.  All cellphones should be turned off prior to the start of class. Failure to comply will result in the confiscation of the device for the remainder of the day and multiple infractions will result in dire technological repercussions.

*Mistakes are inevitable.  Some mistakes turn into even greater successes.  I don’t expect you to be perfect and I encourage you to extend past your intellectual comfort zone.  I make mistakes just like everyone else, please feel free to politely and respectfully point them out, so I too can grow.

*I am here to help you.  I am available after school for help every day until 3 pm.  If you would like to arrange to meet longer or at a different time, please let me know in advance and I will work with you to find a time. 

*All major assignments will be accompanied by a detailed rubric or checklist.  It is important for you to read all directions and expectations.



If you are absent it is your responsibility to see me (or email me) for the work you missed.  You should come see me the day you return to discuss missed work and get assignments.  In addition to seeing me please check the class website.  If you have a scheduled absence, come see me prior to the day you will be out.  Speak with me if you have a valid reason for needing an extension on an assignment. Communication is key.  I am best reached through email at: 



Please subscribe to the iTunes U course for handouts, assignments, and resources.  If you are absent you can obtain most materials from the course and all assignments will be on the iCal for your class.


About Independent Work:

Preparation––assignments to prepare of preview for subsequent lessons

Practice––exercises to follow classroom instruction

Extension––assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations

Synthesis––activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product


Time: Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills, and selected course load. More rigorous courses may necessitate more independent work. If you are having difficulty managing the amount of independent work, contact your teacher.


Academic Honesty: Please refer to page 13 of your Student Handbook.


Student Responsibilities:

  • Take notes and record assignments.
  • Be sure assignments are clear; ask questions to clarify when necessary.
  • Set aside a regular time for independent work.
  • Find a quiet, well lit, comfortable area to work.
  • Get help from parents, peers, and/or teachers when needed, but do your own work so it reflects your understanding.
  • Produce quality work that reflects your best effort.
  • Complete assignments on time.
  • Check Powerschool once per week.
  • Be proactive--communicate with teachers about deadlines and try to anticipate logistical or technical problems.


Teacher Responsibilities:

  • Assign relevant, challenging, and meaningful independent work that reinforces classroom objectives.
  • Clearly and regularly post due dates.
  • Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose of the work.
  • Give feedback and/or be timely in reviewing independent work so students can use it for assessment purposes.
  • Communicate with students and other teachers to help space assignments effectively.
  • Inform parents if a pattern of late or incomplete independent work develops.


Family/Guardian Responsibilities:

  • Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day to help minimize distractions.
  • Establish a quiet, well lit, comfortable area to work.
  • Encourage your child to check in with teachers as needed.
  • Guide your child to becoming responsible for organizing, planning, and completing independent work.
  • Check Powerschool once per week and talk to your child if there is a concern.


Grading Policy:


Workshop                                                       10%

Independent Work                                       10%

Quizzes                                                                15%

Journal Entries/Small Prompts               15%

Presentations/Tests                                       25%

Essays/Papers/ Projects                                25%

Final Exam                                                       10% of final grade


** The score for late or missing work is subject to my discretion.  Missing/late preparatory work will not receive credit.  See me if you are unable to turn your work in on time.  I will work with you to create a plan (please see me PRIOR to the due date for this consideration). 




Students will have access to iTunesU where all course material and assignments will be posted.  Students will also have access to an iCal for this class.  Both the iTunesU and the iCal are updated on a regular basis so this is the first line of action for missing work, due dates, or assignment clarification.  


iCal Link (copy and paste into browser on any Apple product):