Ms. Kathleen A. Thornton

    352-465-6745, Ext. 58298

    Office Hours: 8:15 - 9:00 am and 3:40 – 4:00 pm



    Welcome to English 11 at Dunnellon High School. This syllabus consists of information concerning rules/procedures, and other requirements.  Please take time to review this information.  I encourage each parent/guardian to maintain an open line of communication with me by checking grades regularly on MCPS Portal and/or contacting me directly by email.

    Course Description

    The student’s appreciation for literature will be enhanced by the study of American literature, both classic and contemporary.  The student will be able to identify the prevalent themes and characterizations present in American literature which are reflective of the history and culture; furthermore, the student with identify the contributions of multiple cultures to the development of American literature. The student will develop expository and persuasive compositions by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing applicable information with careful attention to organization and accuracy. 


    Classroom Rules (All school rules are in place in this classroom, especially, bell-to-bell no cell is enforced.)

    Always be signed on to this English class at your scheduled time. I will only take roll at the beginning of the class, so it is vitally important that you are signed on and PRESENT for the class. Just as excessive absenteeism is reported for in-person classes, it will be reported for this online class, and there may be consequences, but most importantly, if you are absent, you miss vital information you will need to complete assignments and of course to be a competent and literate high school junior.


    Netiquette rules you are expected to follow:




    1. Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply.
    2. Stay on topic. Don't post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts or pictures.
    3. Don't type in ALL CAPS! If you do it will look like you are screaming.
    4. Don't write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you're joking.
    5. Always remember to say "please" and "thank you" when soliciting help from your classmates.
    6. Respect the opinion of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate's argument.
    7. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate!
    8. If you ask questions, many people respond. Summarize all answers and post that summary to benefit your whole class.
    9. Be brief. If you write a long dissertation in response to a simple question, it's unlikely that anyone will spend the time to read through it all.
    10. Don't badmouth others or call them stupid. You may disagree with their ideas but don't mock the person.
    11. If you refer to something your classmate said earlier in the discussion, quote just a few key lines from their post so that others won't have to go back and figure out which post you're referring to.
    12. Before asking a question, check the class FAQs or search the Internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
    13. Check the most recent comments before you reply to an older comment.
    14. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don't badger him or her for it. Just let it go.
    15. Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board.


    You will be completing your assignments online and submitting them in your Teams’ Classroom. I will be explaining more about this later this first week.

    Due Dates/Makeup Work

    To receive full credit, all assignments are due on time.  If a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the student to check the website for the date missed and check with the teacher about questions of those missed assignments. If you do not submit makeup work, the grade will result in a zero. You have one day for each day missed (maximum 3) to turn in the late work. Please be online and in class, on time, and ready to work because missed due dates, and missed makeup work may result in a failing grade. Late work is accepted with a ten percent deduction for every day late. It is anticipated that many of you may not complete an assignment during class; however, it must be completed before midnight of the same day to be considered on time.

    Grading Procedures

    Because this is an online class, most of the work you do will be labeled as “classwork,” but there may be an occasional quiz or test to check for understanding and participation. Everything will receive percentage values with assignments receiving a value of one, quizzes are worth two or equal to two assignments, and tests are worth five or equal to five assignments. Essays will vary in weight from one to five depending on the length. When totaled, you will find that the majority of your grade will be from assignments (70%) with the remaining 30% being quizzes, tests, and essays.

    A         90-100%                      D         60-69%

    B         80-89%                        F          0-59%

    C         70-79%


    Any unacknowledged use of someone’s work other than yourself is considered plagiarism and is considered a serious academic offense.  If you are found plagiarizing and/or cheating, your grade will result in a zero and discipline action will be taken per Dunnellon High School’s integrity policy.

    First Nine Weeks

    • Unit 1: Collection 1, “Coming to America”
    • Unit 2: Collection 2, “Building a Democracy”
    • Informative and Persuasive Essay Writing

    Second Nine Weeks

    • Unit 3: Collection 6, “The Modern World
    • Unit 4: Collection 3, “The Individual and Society”
    • Persuasive Writing Continued

    Third Nine Weeks

    • Unit 5: Collection 4, “A New Birth of Freedom”
    • Unit 6: Collection 5, “An Age of Realism”
    • Review of Informative and Persuasive Writing

    Fourth Nine Weeks

    • Unit 7: Collection 6, “The Modern World”