Senior English Policies


This class is designed to prepare seniors for communicating in the future. Whether you are entering college, technical school, or the work place, effective communication is a key to success. We will be working on sharpening your skills as both writers and readers. Teaching Philosophy 
Teaching and learning are lifelong activities for me. My hope for you as students is that you will continue to develop the love of learning and literature. I am excited to be a partner in developing this expertise and exploring this challenging curriculum.

Late Work

Late work will result in a 5% deduction per day that it is late. This adds up quickly! Major papers I will cap at a 35% deduction so you can retain the possibility of a passing grade on the paper and for the class. All major papers must be turned in to pass the semester.

Excused and unexcused absences

In this class, discussion is very important to your growth as reader and to your grade. You may have to take a test, write a short essay or bring in your notes and chat with the teacher to make discussion up. You will have five days to do so. Speak to your teacher to arrange this. This is your responsibility. Unexcused absences follow the WCHS policy as outlined in the handbook.

Class Components

Course Assignments 

These will include writing assignments, presentations, participation in discussions, daily assignments and quizzes. Being prepared for daily discussions will be as crucial as any daily assignments. Be mentally ready for class. Ask about parallels that you see with the language and literary terms. Be willing to connect ideas and readings from all of your reading and writing experience.

Discussion Guidelines

Discussion is key to this class and counts for towards your grade. Follow these general guidelines.

1. Do not speak if you have not read the text.

2. Disagree with ideas – not the person.

3. LISTEN as others are speaking and build on ideas. Part of this is not interrupting others.

4. Share the floor. Monitor how much you and others are speaking so everyone gets the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Independent Reading

Reading literary works of your choice for credit in class is a major requirement for this component. In addition, we will read several books as a class. You will need to keep a reading log of your reading through the course of the year, to be turned in each quarter for a grade. In addition, you will need to complete one book each semester.

Group work

Group work is also a common activity in the classroom. I may form the groups, or at times students may be allowed to form their own groups, as long as no student is left out. Grades for this may vary from group to individual. I do expect all group members to participate and stay on-task. The ultimate goal of group work isn’t necessarily to complete the assigned task in the least amount of time, but to fully explore the task in a setting that allows more individual contribution.

Extra Credit 

Extra Credit is available for any student that has shown evidence of hard work throughout the course. This option is only open to students who have all regular assignments turned in. Contact Mrs. Schumacher for possible extra credit. However, work must be completed at least one week before the end of the grading period.

Journaling Guidelines

Journals are a key component of your Senior English class. They serve as a vehicle to develop your writing and facilitate communication between you and the instructor.

Requirements: All students are required to write five pages of original writing, worth ten points each time, approximately every two weeks. Students will have at least two weeks to complete their next set of journals from the time that all journals are returned to the class. Journal due dates will be clearly listed on the upper right corner of the white board. Original writing is defined as the students’ own writing, not copied from another source or repeated text, and not notes from other classes.

Late policy: Each set of journals are worth ten points. Students will lose one point per day that journals are late, with a resulting score of “0” should their journal not be turned in by the next journaling cycle. No make-up journals are allowed after the next set has come due.

Confidentiality: Students may choose to have me read and respond to their journal entries or paper clip them shut for privacy. If a journal is paper clipped, I vow not to read that text. But, a quick note there: If for any reason I suspect that the entry is not original writing, I may ask the student to look at it with me. If I do read a journal, I will not share the contents with other students, faculty, or parents. There are two exceptions: If students write about illegal activities, I am obliged, as a teacher, to report that behavior. Also, if the contents of a journal lead me to believe that a student poses a danger to themselves or others, I may share that with parents and/or counselors. What not to write about: ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES!!! Don’t write about these unless you want me to report them. Also, while some activities aren’t illegal, they may not really be appropriate to write about (you all know what I’m talking about). If you just have to write about that, paper clip it, okay? That way I’ll be able to sleep better at night. Thanks.