• Welcome to English

    Mrs. Janelle Pierce



    Office Hours/Tutoring:

    Mon. and Thurs. 2:20 – 3:00 pm or by appointment

    Course Description – (from the HHS Course Catalog)

    For Course Content, please go to: https://husd.instructure.com/courses/4343


    This is a British and world literature-based course with an emphasis on analytical and evaluative composition skills. Several novels will be read and analyzed along with short stories, plays, essays, and poems. Students will present speeches, prepare a research paper, continue to develop vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills, and complete an extensive college/career project and senior reflection project.

    Course Length: 1 year                    Credits: 1                         Prerequisite: 3 English credits      

    Fees: None                                        Grade Level: 12              Location: HHS, WFHS

    Additional Course Information: Because this course focuses on British and World Literature, the coursework is rigorous, yet grade level appropriate, relevant, and will utilize the following resources:


    • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Collections, grade 12 and additional resources from HMH
    • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde      
    • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
    • Video clips and other media that are curriculum appropriate will also be used for support.


    NOTE: This syllabus has been revised in conjunction with HHS Site and District Administration.  By signing the syllabus acknowledgment, you are permitting your teen to read the texts listed herein, as well as other supplemental reading selections, all of which have been reviewed/approved by the HHS Administration.  Parents, you are encouraged to review and research these and other titles as they are assigned.  If, at any time you prefer an alternate text or reading assignment for your senior, please email me directly at janelle.pierce@husd.org with your request and an alternate assignment will be created for independent study for your senior.

    Because this is a senior level class, I expect exceptionally focused and dedicated effort from you starting today, and only ending the day you graduate! There is no room for senioritis because your grade will reflect the effort you put into our class.


    Grading Scale:

    100-90   A                                89-80   B                           79-70   C                                 69-60   D                     59-0   F

    Student performance, in connection with important course components, contributes to each student’s final grade for the course in the following manner:


    • Reading Assignments - 30% of Class Grade
    • Writing Assignments - 30% of Class Grade
    • Speaking and Listening Assignments – 20% of Class Grade
    • Final Exam - 20% of Class Grade

    Materials Needed:

    *This is a school-wide list. Students are expected to have their binder with them in each class every day with one spiral notebook for each class (in other words, if a senior is enrolled in four classes, he/she will have one 3” binder with four dividers and four spiral notebooks)

    • 3-inch binder (1) - no built in folders/accordion style 
    • Colored tabs (6, one for each class) 
    • Single-subject spiral notebooks (6, one for each class) 
    • Loose-leaf paper package, college-ruled (1) 
    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) 
    • 3-hole punched pencil case/pouch (1)


    Tardy Policy: A tardy is defined as a student’s late arrival to my class. Students are expected to be in their assigned seats by the time the final bell rings for class to begin. Students who are running in at the ringing of the bell will be considered tardy. When three tardies have been accrued in my class, ASD will be assigned with Ms. Pierce during Office Hours (listed above). If the behavior does not change (or after ASD referrals have not been served), students will be dealt with on an administrative level and Saturday School will be assigned. Tardies are a disruption to student learning for you, your peers, and Ms. Pierce.


    Attendance Policy Changes:

    This is to inform you that we have a new board policy on attendance.  A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time.  If the student has a valid reason to be late to class, it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late.  If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in ParentVUE.

    Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester. If the student acquires ten or more absences during a semester, the student will risk losing credit in those classes and will be placed on audit status. To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%. Subsequent appeals can be made to the School Board.

    Additional Absence/Tardy Information: Please know that I realize that things happen; therefore, when you are absent, you must make the effort to find out what you’ve missed when you’re gone. Checking on my website, talking to a classmate, or making an appointment to come in to see me during office hours are perfect ways to catch up. In addition, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed quizzes or tests. Because I post a daily calendar on my website, please do not come ask me what you missed before class starts (See above options/directions). If a major project or paper (i.e. Senior Capstone) is not turned in on or before a due date, regardless of your attendance in the class, the assignment WILL BE LATE and LATE POINTS will assessed. Most of all, communication is key - I do understand if there are extenuating circumstances, but these DO NOT include running out of printer ink, “suddenly” discovering a faulty printer, having computer disc/flash drive/saving issues, the Internet going down at your home, or staying up until 2:00 a.m. only to have your computer crash. You, the senior who has figured it out by now, are responsible for timely submission of your work. In some instances, an emailed assignment may be accepted, but it must be submitted on or before the due date and time. E-mail failure does not equate an extension on an assignment. Allow yourself plenty of time to be sure that the assignment has been properly sent. You will know due dates well in advance, so late work shouldn’t be a problem!


    Make Up (Re-do) Policy:

    • Missed assignments can be made up, but will NOT receive full credit.
      • Missing assignments will NOT be accepted after each unit has ended, so it is imperative to turn your work in on time and within the unit in which it is assigned.
      • Though most assignments can be made up, some will be at the teacher’s discretion
      • Students have one day for every day of an excused absence to make up and missed work (in other words, if you are absent for three days, you have three days to make up the work)
      • Not all make-up assignments will be the same as those assigned in class (and they may have added rigor), but they will carry the same grade weight
    • Grades are updated weekly in the online gradebook. Students AND parents are strongly encouraged to check grades once per week to stay on top class progress. There is a link to the gradebook on my teacher page, or you may go to the HUSD website and click on the Parents or Students tab at the top of the screen. Then scroll down and click on the ParentVue or StudentVue link.


    Behavior Policy:



    • Praise
    • Class recognition
    • Positive Referral



    • Warning
    • Move seat
    • Time out in another class/parent contact
    • Call home for detention/conference with teacher
    • Parent conference and administration referral


    Rules and Procedures:



    • Always be respectful of your peers and Ms. Pierce. (This includes words, gestures, and actions!)
    • Come to class with a positive attitude, prepared with your materials, and ready to learn.
    • Be inside of the classroom, with your hat off, and in your seat when the bell rings in order to be counted present (and not tardy).
    • Hand in all assignments on time; late work will only be accepted for full credit in cases of excused absences and communicated, approved extenuating circumstances.
    • Use MLA format and heading for all work.
    • Type, double-space, and cite using MLA format for final draft assignments
    • Be prepared to EXCEL AS A SCHOLAR and develop amazing COLLEGE skills!


    DO NOT:

    • Get Senioritis
    • Bring food, drinks, or gum to class (water is okay).
    • Expect to use the restroom during class. You must go during your passing period.
    • Sleep in class (it’s a respect thing).
    • Wear a hat in class.
    • Plagiarize for any assignment. Plagiarism or copying of any kind will result in a zero for the assignment (this cannot be made up).
    • Have your phone or earbuds out during class.
    • Pack up and intend to leave until I dismiss the class. Even if it’s after the bell.


    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice, and bigotry. As members of the Higley High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability, or sexual orientation.


    Syllabus Acknowledgement- please follow the link to complete acknowledgement

    Link to Syllabus Acknowledgement