Rules & Rubrics

Writing Help:

AHS English Essentials (created August 2017)

  • Formatting, Citation, Plagiarism, Writing Essays, and Speaking Tips
  • MLA and APA information
  • Packet used by all AHS English teachers

How I Grade Writing (updated September 2016)

  • Contains a broad overview of what I expect to see for all written assignments, whether handwritten or typed; information covers my expectations for both homework questions and essays.

Expository Essay Power Point (updated November 2015)

  • A short yet detailed step-by-step walkthrough for writing an essay; when I ask you to answer a prompt, this is the type of essay you are writing.

Character Analysis Power Point (created October 2016)

  • A step-by-step walkthrough for writing a specific type of essay called a character analysis

See also: this website’s Grammar and Citation Pages!

Reading Help:Reading Fiction

 Important Rubrics

  1. Literary Analysis/Expository Essay Rubric (updated November 2016)
    • Reading this will show you every single element I am looking for; failure to include any element or follow any rule listed on this rubric results in a deduction of points.
  2. College Admissions Essay Rubric
    • A strong “College Admissions Essay” will hold up well when compared to this rubric; you can use this rubric to figure out what readers are looking for when they assess your college essay.
  3. Persuasive Speech Rubric
    • An excellent persuasive speech will meet the requirements outlined in this rubric; you can use this rubric to see what elements of content and delivery I will assess to come up with your persuasive speech grade.
  4. Body Biography Rubric
    • This rubric is a good way to see what elements you must include and what strengths you must demonstrate in your body biography assignment. Please read the rubric carefully before starting a body biography.


Mrs. Lamp’s Syllabus

Courses (2017-18)

  • American Literature: Mastering English Literature and Composition (11th grade)
  • AP Literature and Composition (11th or 12th grade)


  • All work is expected to be either typed or handwritten in dark ink. 
    • There is a 10% deduction for work written in pencil.
  • Computer/printer problems are not an excuse for late work. 
    • Handwrite or e-mail the assignment if you must, and then present the typed work within 24 hours.
  • Assignments are to be placed in black bucket at start of class, prior to the bell.
    • You have 24 hours to turn in late work, but you will receive a 10% deduction.
    • Work turned in more than 24-hours late will receive 0 credit. 
    • Late work (and absent work) goes in the red bucket.
  • Come prepared!
    • Whenever there is a reading assignment, you should be prepared to A) take a reading pop quiz, and B) have your reading notes checked for credit.
    • A-students always come to class prepared to discuss the material.


  • I expect that you will do your own work. When you are doing an individual assignment, stealing ideas from other people (friends, parents, internet sources) does not show me what you are learning.
  • What if a friend asks to see my work or to work together?
    • It is NEVER okay to work together without permission.
    • Helping someone understand what a question is asking or what he/she is supposed to be doing is okay.
    • “Helping” someone else with answers or with what to write for a paper is cheating.
    • If someone needs help, tell him or her to ask or e-mail the teacher.
  • What about internet or book sources?
    • Obviously, you should not take words from an outside source without citing. Also, taking IDEAS from the Internet or a print source without citing is plagiarism, even if you put everything in your own words.
    • We will go over proper documentation in class, and you are expected to understand how and when to cite. If you are unsure whether you may be plagiarizing, ask the teacher.
  • Cheating and plagiarizing will result in serious academic consequences.
    • Consequences include parent contact, detentions, re-doing the assignment, and losing 50-100% credit (see Student Handbook).
    • Do not use any source other than your own brain without A) either being directed to do so in class or discussing it with me and B) taking steps to ensure you are not plagiarizing.
    • Do not give or receive help with classwork unless you have cleared it with the teacher.



  • It is your job to find out what you missed and schedule make-ups.
    • I will not answer any questions until you have checked the unit calendar yourself.
    • I will not discuss your absence before class starts; either e-mail me or wait until we have work time or until the end of class.
  • If you missed something, you must make it up within the number of days you missed + one. (See Student Handbook)
    • Extra handouts and packets are located in the file system in the front of the classroom.
    • Absent work (and late work) goes in the red bucket.
    • Make-ups may be done before or after school, WITH ME IN MY ROOM. No, you may not come in during a free period. No, you may not take them in the LRC unless you are operating under extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Management

The following behaviors are both rude and disruptive, and they will not be permitted:

  • Interrupting
  • Using derisive or foul language
  • Eating (although drinks are permitted)
  • Doing work for other classes*
  • Using your phone or computer for anything other than course work* 

Consequences include…

  • Verbal Warning
  • Five Minutes in the Hall
  • Referral/Call Home

*If you are done with your work, you may use your phone/computer or work on other classwork so long as you are not being disruptive and not cheating (I will report copying to other teachers). However, you must leave your finished work on your desk so I can see you are finished.

Extra Credit

Each quarter, you start with ten extra credit points. These points are contingent upon being present and ready to learn each day. Leaving the room for any reason will deduct one point. Tardies and absences will also result in the deduction of a point.

You may earn additional points through games in class; however, these points “cap out” at 5% of your quarter grade.

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