Point Loma High School

Honors American Literature

Contact Information:

Teacher: Jennifer Roberts

Voicemail: 619-223-3121 x4864

Email: jroberts4@sandi.net or jrobertsPLHS@gmail.com 

Room: 864

Class Blog: http://imdoingmyhomework.blogspot.com/

Required Materials

  • Literature Textbook                      
  • Writing Utensil
  • Planner
  • Independent Reading Book
  • A Google Account

Course Content:

The class content is based on the 11th Grade English-Language Arts Common Core Standards for California as they apply to reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, as well as the writer’s craft. This course introduces students to a variety of text types with which students will interact through critical reading, multiple styles of writing, and discussions. Throughout this course, students will develop skills as critical readers and writers and effective listeners and communicators. Students will demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century foundational works of American Literature as they relate to contemporary issues in America.

First Semester

Second Semester

Fear and Conformity: Narrative

Wit and Critical: Commentary

Transformational Thinking: Expository

Dreams and Illusions: Argument

Environmental Visions: Argument

Insight and Implications: Expository

Classroom Expectations:

In addition to following all PLHS policies, students are expected to:

  • Arrive on time
  • Be prepared to learn with required materials  
  • Respect yourself and others (no food, hats, or electronic devices turned on)
  • Uphold the Academic Honesty Policy  
  • Be ready to contribute to classroom discussions and activities

Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs):

Complex Thinkers: Students analyze the use of vocabulary in reading and writing as well as compare literature and expository writing to real world situations.

Effective Communicators: Students write in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes as well as write and present speeches and project presentations.

Responsible Self-Directed Learners and Workers: Students learn to use a planner, adhere to due dates for assignments as given by teacher and those dates designated by group projects.

Involved Citizens: Students will most directly be involved in the creation of a safe classroom environment. They will be encouraged to reflect and act upon various topics of social justice.

Healthy Lifestyle Advocates: Respectful behavior toward others and oneself is the foundation of our course; the classroom will be a positive environment where the ideas of others are valued. 



Assessments and Assignments:  Students will be expected to:

  • Engage in short term and long term writing assignments
  • Read assigned whole class readings.
  • Read two books per grading period, one self-selected and one from a recommended list. Write reviews of each in Goodreads.
  • Participate in class discussions and activities
  • Take required assessments both written and multiple choice
  • Complete supplementary assignments as they are announced
  • Grading is based upon a weighted cumulative point system each semester, including participation, preparation, assessments, and assignment completion.

Assignment Categories:

Grading scale:

  • Reading  20%
  • Writing  40%
  • Assessments 30%
  • Participation 10%

100-90% = A    

89-80% = B    

79-70% = C    

69-60% = D    

59% and below  = F

  • Writer’s notebooks are used frequently in class for warm-ups, short writing, reading notes, etc. Notebooks will be reviewed regularly by the teacher for comprehension, completion, and organization.


  • Citizenship grades are based on the PLHS Citizenship Grade rubric and a student’s active contribution to a positive learning environment.

  • Plagiarism: This is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. Suspected cases of plagiarism will be investigated and no credit will be given for the assignment, citizenship grade will be lowered, parent and counselor will be contacted.  (See p. 6-7 of planner)

Late Work:

Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Late work may be subject to a 50% reduction.  Please be sure to communicate with me if you expect your work may be late.  Assessments must be made up after school or during Advisory.

Absences: If you have an absence from class, it is your responsibility to check the class blog for what you missed.  Unexcused absences affect citizenship and could affect your academic grade.


If you have any problems or questions throughout the year, do not hesitate to discuss them with me.  
  • Tutoring: After school, by appointment (available most days) or during Advisory.

  • E-mail - I will respond within twenty-four hours.  Email is the best way to reach me.