• Honors English III


    Rahway High School                                                                        Ms. Kiefer

    Email: kkiefer@rahway.net

     **Please see our Google Classroom page for all assignments and Daily Google Meets 

    Texts &  Selected Readings

    Elements of Literature, Sixth Course, Literature of Britain with World Classics, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.

    Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel; Frankenstein, Mary Shelley; Macbeth, William Shakespeare; Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; outside reading selections, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by John Gardner; 1984, George Orwell;  and selected poems by British and Irish poets.


    Program Description This literature-based course provides the structure and environment to establish and enhance the development of reading and writing skills through exposure to literary models.  Additionally the course encourages and facilitates growth in critical thinking, reading, oral expression and reinforces vocabulary and study skills.  As a Pre-AP class, students will learn and use skills and strategies that will prepare them from future AP English courses.


    Assigned Units (order is subject to change)

    Unit I

    The Short Story and Summer Reading—Reading and Writing about Literature



    Unit II

    Origins of Heroism / Heroes, Monsters, & War


    Unit III

    Mankind and Its Monsters

    Unit IV

    Things Are Not What They Seem: Examining Paradox, Oxymoron, and Irony


    Unit V

    Irish Poetry and Social Class in British Society


    Unit VI

    Outside Reading


    Unit VII

    The British Middle Ages


    Ongoing Unit

    College & Career Readiness





                Readings—Students are required to have completed all assigned readings by the following class period.  Reading, study and or written homework will be given on a daily basis.         Essays – Students will be required to complete approximately 8-10 essays of varying lengths.  I will be collecting ALL PHASES of the writing process:  pre-writing (brainstorming), outlines, drafts and final products.  Papers will not be considered complete unless all phases of writing are submitted.

                Portfolios – All class work, essays, notes and responses to readings MUST be SAVED to be considered for self-assessment and inclusion in a mid and final year portfolio presentation.  Parents/guardians will be invited to submit a written response to his/her child’s portfolio and progress during the fourth marking period.

    Important Policies

                Technology Recommendations

                            If student do not yet have a Google mail account, it is strongly recommended that they create one.  This will enable each student to use Google Documents on the internet and avoid the need for both compatible software (between home and school) and a memory stick that can so easily be misplaced or corrupted.


    • 40% homework/
    • 10% participation/engagement – Discussion and exploration of the readings and student writings will be done as a class and in small groups; therefore each student’s participation during class is crucial.
    • 50% essays, quizzes and tests

                Work Completion

    • Late work is marked down one letter grade for each day it is overdue. No assignment will be accepted more than 3 days late, excluding emergencies. Emergencies do not include computer problems or regular absences and are up to the discretion of the teacher. Documentation must accompany any emergency.
    • Extra credit may be earned in two ways: 1) Excellence in homework or essays completed (and submitted on time); 2) Bonus questions on quizzes and tests. **Extra credit will not be offered to replace or improve previously incomplete or late work. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


    • RHS is a member of the plagiarism network, www.turnitin.com. Any student found plagiarizing will be subject to a 0 on that assignment and will earn a 0 as a participation grade for that marking period.
    • During the first week of school a handout/worksheet outlining the elements that constitute plagiarism will be distributed to all students. It is strongly recommended that students keep this handout in their English binders.


    • All students must come to class prepared to read and write each day. Pencils/pens and paper are the responsibility of each student. A three-ring binder or notebook and folder is required of all students to effectively organize papers, notes and to save daily assignments. **Agendas are to be used by each student on a daily basis for recording homework and long-term assignments.  Students must have their agendas to be excused from the class room for any reason.