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Courses

We offer the following courses.
Grade 9: college prep, honors
Grade 10: college prep, honors
Grade 11: college prep, AP; HSAW
Grade 12: college prep; AP; Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)
 

Policies - Grade book categories:

Writing: at least 40% of overall grade
Classwork, homework, tests, and projects: Divided as teacher sees fit
English department policy on late work:
Final writing assignments may be submitted no later than one week from the due date at a penalty of up to half credit.  Policies as to number of days and percentages vary within those guidelines by teacher.  Please consult your syllabus and/or teacher's website for specifics.
 

Resources

Students should format their work according to the standards of the Modern Language Association (MLA).   Considering using Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.) as a resource.  
Watch the screencasts or use the Global Studies template.
WHHW English Writing Tutorial site for parents.
Vocabulary Workshop Quizlets for grades 9 (D), 10 (E), 11 (F), and 12 (G).  Note that these were not necessarily created by WHHS teachers/students.  Some links are to individual units, some to multiple units, while others present only synonyms, antonyms, etc.
 

TurnItIn.com

Get help here.
 

Common Core Standards (CCS)

Check out the Common Core Standards  and GUHSD work on Common Core  and Common Core Release Questions
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

CCS grade 9/10 and 11/12 with differences highlighted for:
Writing     Reading Literature   Reading Informational Texts    Speaking and Listening    Language

Journalism and publications/yearbook are English electives that earn elective credit but do not meet the English requirement for graduation nor do they meet the "B" requirement for A-G college admission.
 

Problems or questions


If you have questions or concerns, please contact your student's teacher.  After that, feel free to contact the English department chair, Jennifer Romanowski.