• Class Policies

    Course: Honors English 10

    Instructor: Mr. Judah

    Phone Number: 386-4500 extension 4580

    E-mail: gjudah@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    Classroom: C12


    HRVHS Mission: Educate and support every student, every day, for success now and in the future.


    Course Overview:

    Honors English 10 is a writing and literature course with a focus on literature and writing preparation for the state standardized tests.  The curriculum and pace is much more challenging than Sophomore English, and the expectations reflect this difference.  Grades for this class are based on specific measurable progress of the State of Oregon Content Standard for language arts.

    Your instruction will come from lectures and activities and from the Studysync Curriculum.



    Students will learn how to read and respond to literature through writing and discussion.

    Students will learn to write informative and argumentative essays that exceed the state requirements.

    Students will learn how to write grammatically correct sentences that are clear and concise.

    Students will enhance their vocabulary by learning new words.


    Units of Study:

    Semester 1

    • Flannery O'Connor and authorial intent
    • The Power of Communication and the personal narrative
    • "Night" and public speaking
    • Independent read and report

    Semester 2

    • "Moving Forward" and argumentation
    • "Huck Finn" and "All the Pretty Horses" and the research essay

    Year-long units:

    • Vocabulary
    • Grammar

    Class Expectations

    • Be on time to class each day.
    • Come prepared with your class materials and assignments.
    • Participate in class on a regular basis.
    • Demonstrate behavior that is appropriate for the classroom.

    Specific Notes: The expectations for behavior and preparedness are high.  An Honors student is a mature student and is also capable of managing a large workload.  You are responsible for getting your work in on time and completed correctly.  If you miss class you get your work.  If you have an assignment to work on outside of the classroom it is up to you to remember to do it and hand it in.


    Grading Policy:

    All work has a point value. Points accrue throughout the semester. You will have a CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAM at the end of the semester. (Do not throw anything away.) Semester grades are the final grades that are posted to your transcript. Note: A high percentage of the grading comes from reading and writing assessment.  In order to do earn a high grade in this course you must do the reading and writing on time.  If you are disorganized or struggle carefully reading assignments on time, you need to be aware, your grade will suffer.

    The grading scale is 90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F.


    Academic Integrity:

    You may not “cheat” on any work for this class. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying work to be graded from another student and plagiarizing work. (You may copy class notes from another student if you are absent from class.) Both parties will receive 0 points for ANY work on which cheating is involved. The second time a student is caught cheating he/she will receive a referral and further discipline.


    The following definitions of plagiarism are taken from The Handbook of Current English. You commit plagiarism if you:

    1. Borrow the ideas, examples, or structure of a source without acknowledging your use of it.
    2. Take, buy, or receive a paper written (in part or total) by someone else and present it as your own.
    3. Fail to acknowledge a direct quotation by using either quotation marks or (for longer passages) indentation.
    4. Fail to acknowledge the source of any information in your paper which is not common knowledge or personal knowledge.
    5. Improperly paraphrase the original words of your source.



    If you feel you need individualized assistance with assignments, test preparation, etc., you may ask me for one-on-one outside class help.  I highly encourage before class and after class visitations for help with schoolwork. 


    General Comments:

    As a young person, you are faced with many challenges and decisions. One of those decisions you must make is the value you put on your education. Is it a priority to you? I hope you will answer, “YES.” Please study hard this year and make yourself proud. Your education, and all the possibility that comes with it, is one of the few things in this world that no one can take away from you. This is the beginning of a new school year. Make it a good one.