Mrs. Haskill


    This course is aligned with English 101 offered at NCCC. At the completion of the course, the student will:

    • Create coherent texts with common, college-level, non-fiction written forms appropriate to the writer’s purpose and audience. (text-creation-SUNY General Education Goal)
    • Revise and improve such college-level texts by incorporating meaningful revision. (Revision- SUNY General Education Goal)
    • Research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details. (Research—Information Literacy—SUNY General Education Goal)
    • Document appropriately multiple outside sources using MLA documentation. (Documentation)
    • Shift from seeing issues as uncomplicated to recognizing complexity in issues. (Critical Thinking)
    • Recognize and analyze rhetorical devices while reading nonfiction texts. (Critical Thinking)

    This class results in the possibility of the student receiving 3 SUNY credits. In order to receive the college credit, students must submit a writing portfolio consisting of a minimum of 25 pages covering a multitude of various genres and styles of writing. A separate letter will be handed out and posted on Google Classroom explaining how to enroll in the CAP portion of this class. Please note that you are not required to enroll in CAP.


    • Chromebook (school-issued)
    • An English-only folder
    • Notebook for journaling
    • Post-it notes
    • Pens and/or pencils
    • Highlighters (2 different colors)


    The following represent the genres of writing that students will be expected to complete to a satisfactory level in order to receive college credit (in no particular order):

    1. College Essay
    2. Persuasive Essay
    3. Argumentative Essay
    4. Expository Writing
    5. Letter Writing
    6. Film analysis
    7. Literary Analysis
    8. Research Paper
    9. Resume Building
    10. Self-Reflective Essay

    Students will be expected to study, take reading quizzes, and participate in discussions on the literature in addition to the units of study listed below. Students will also be exposed to poetry for the purpose of analysis, understanding, and appreciation. Several novels and plays will also be taught, including but not limited to: The Glass Castle, Into the Wild, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and Freedom Writers.


    You will have many opportunities to earn points as you demonstrate your knowledge of the various units we will cover in the course. All grades are weighted on a point system. Here are examples of how many points a typical assignment might carry:

    • Homework 10 to 20
    • Classwork 10 to 20
    • Quizzes 10 to 30
    • Writing 10 to 100


    • If absent, students should check Google Classroom for any activities and assignments.
    • Upon returning to school, paper copies of missed work can be picked up from the bins on the side counter.
    • If a student missed a test or quiz, they should expect to take any missing tests or quizzes during 10th period. Please see me to make arrangements.


    • Homework may look different from week to week, unit to unit.
    • Often, homework will be a reading assignment.
    • Other homework assignments will be vocabulary, review, written pieces, etc.
    • Some assignments will be collected and others will be reviewed in class.


    • Late homework will only be accepted for two days after the original due date.
    • Late work will not be accepted if we go over the assignment in class.
    • Penalties:
      • 1st day late = 10% off
      • 2nd day late = 50% off
      • 3rd day late = Zero


    • Come to class on time. You must be in your seat when the bell rings.
    • Be prepared for class. 
    • Do not pack up materials or line up at the door prior to the end of class. 
    • I will not give out bathroom passes unless it is a true emergency. Even if it is an emergency, please ask at an appropriate time.
    • Do not use electronic devices during class unless advised by the teacher. Please keep these items off and out of sight. If I see them, you will be written up. 
    • Cheating is not tolerated. A zero will be given for any work that reflects cheating or plagiarism, with no opportunity for making up the test/assignment.
    • If you are copying for another class, I will take your work and inform that teacher.
    • Written assignments will be turned in on turnitin.com. This will help immensely in keeping portfolios of all writing assignments for the class.
    • Show respect to everyone in the class.
    • English 12 CAP students will have the opportunity to revise writing pieces. Your revised grade will be reflected in your CAP portfolio; not your Starpoint course grade.
    • Give your best effort at all times, and you will be successful in this course!


    All English 12 CAP students will be continuing with the Starpoint High School’s independent reading program, fREADom. Students will read grade-level appropriate texts of their choice throughout the year. We will devote one day of each full week to reading these texts independently and completing corresponding writing assignments.

    Additional Information:

    In addition to our daily in-class instruction, we will be utilizing Google Classroom. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date with assignments, announcements, and due dates that are communicated during class and on Google Classroom. Please share this syllabus with your parent or guardian. Complete the digital Syllabus Agreement posted on Google Classroom for a homework check. Keep this syllabus so that you can refer to it in the future.