Sophomore Honors Expectations
To be considered for this course, students should:
1) have a desire to think critically about literature and world cultures.
2) be highly self-motivated and self-disciplined.
3) be able to write an essay (preferably a 5 paragraph essay) that scores a high 3
or 4 on the CAHSEE rubric.
Essays will be assessed with the CAHSEE Combo Rubric.
Students’ essays should:
Š express original ideas and analysis
Š focus on the topic
Š be consistent and well-organized
Š be clear
Š use quotations as evidence to support original claims
Š clearly connect the examples/quotations back to the thesis (commentary)
Š acknowledge and response to counterarguments (if appropriate)
Students’ essays should avoid:
Š waffling ideas or limited statements
Š use of personal pronouns
Š lack of structure
Š errors that interfere with the reader's understanding
Š using quotations as claims
Š lack of evidentiary quotes
Š lack of commentary or incomplete commentary
4) be exposed to the following works:
Romeo and Juliet
To Kill A Mockingbird or
The Miracle Worker or
Of Mice and Men
“The Most Dangerous Game”
“The Scarlet Ibis”
5) be familiar with and able to distinguish between analysis and summary.
6) know how to annotate and analyze non-fiction.
7) be familiar with the dialectical journal format and giving oral presentations.
8) be able to actively participate in a discussion of literature or non-fiction.
9) know and be able to use the basic literary terms for English I.
10) know the rules of MLA format including the format of in-text citations and
basic works cited entries.