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English 12

English 12

Course Syllabus



Course description:  

English 12 is a yearlong course that focuses on writing in many different forms. One of the most important studies is communication, with written, oral, business, and interpersonal communications all being explored extensively. Resume writing and interviewing skills are also part of this English class.  Media literacy and how we can evaluate the information with which we are deluged will occupy us throughout the course of the school year. There will still be literature studies, as understanding where we have come from helps us understand where we may go.  Considerable class time will be spent on improving writing skills to prepare for future college courses, post-secondary education, daily use, and future professional and vocational use.


Materials needed:

Pens* and white or off-white notebook paper                              Your Chromebook      

*novels of your choice



Writing—all forms of business writing, as well as formal expository, descriptive, narrative, creative, and persuasive writing, will be explored.

Literature: This section of English 12 consists of the elements of literature, fiction including short stories, longer works of literature including but not limited to: Rash, Macbeth, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, as well as other literature works such as poetry; non-fiction including essays, speeches, and biographies, as well as other readings of various types.

Oral Communication--introductory and persuasive speeches, individual presentations

Media Literacy--advertising, media consumerism

Business Communications—students study a variety of communications commonly used in business such as proposals, memos, letters, research, and negotiations for a variety of purposes.

Also, students are to complete an independent project each quarter based on expectations outlined by the instructor.  First and third quarters students must read a novel; the other quarters students may complete a project of their choice as approved by the teacher.


Classroom behaviors: Seniors in high school are expected to adhere to basic acceptable behaviors within the appropriate range. Individuals will be held accountable for any and all of their actions detrimental to the learning process, whether to others or just to themselves. 

 Basic courtesy and respect for all is the expectation for classroom operation in general, modeled after the standards required out in the “real world” of the workplace environment.

•Consequences will be appropriate to any issues ranging from student discussion and parent contact to removal from class.   Infractions will be dealt with on an individual basis.

 Work submission:

•All assignments are to be submitted in a timely fashion with student first and last name.

•Work that is late is subject to deduction.  A 50% deduction is given beginning with the first day late.  There is no chance of submission after 2 weeks.

•Arrangements may be made for additional time

•Essays, papers, and other major writing assignments must be submitted on Google docs.


Grading Policy:

•The standard grading system will be used.  Students will be assessed based on the quality of work based on given expectations and mastery of assigned material. 

•Assessment guidelines will be shared when an assignment is given.

                        95-100%       A                                 77-79%          C+

                        90-94%          A-                                74-76%          C

                        87-89%          B+                              70-73%          C-

                        84-86%          B                                 67-69%          D+

                        80-83%          B-                                64-66%          D

                                                                                    60-63%          D-

•Grades are NOT rounded up. 

•Extra credit opportunities are available from time to time.  Students may not receive extra credit if assignments are missing.


Academic Honesty:

Students are expected to do their OWN work.  Any issues of academic dishonesty (cheating on a test, copying homework, plagiarizing portions of an essay) will have severe consequences. 

The first incident will result in a zero on the assignment with a possibility to make it up for half credit.

The second event will result in a zero for the assignment, no chance for redemption of the grade, and a report to the office.

Further plagiarism violations will result in parent conferences and potential removal from the course in addition to the above consequences.


Instructor information:  Mr. David Blanchard

•B.A. -            Iowa State University

•M.A. Degrees

Education: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Differentiated Instruction:  Concordia University of Minnesota. Saint Paul

Assistance needed?

•I can be reached during prep time, study hall, and other times as needed

•Contact:  ext. 1308, Home Phone 320-732-8100, Cell: 320 874-0931

•If students need assistance at another time, please contact the instructor to arrange for an earlier or later time.  This must be done at least 2 days in advance.


            Planning Deadlines


            Since research indicates that having input helps students with deadlines regarding projects, our classroom’s calendar including due dates of major work and quizzes, tests, etc. will be established with student input. For the immediate future, the first senior English assignment will be the autobiography, which consists of telling significant stories about each student’s individual experiences of life. This assignment is graded on grammatical correctness and completion. The tentative due date is September 21, submitted on Google docs by midnight.