• Sophomore English (A Level)


    Christopher Hendrickson

    Email: Christopher.Hendrickson@cusd200.org

    Voice Mail: 630-784-7200 (8656)



    Be on time. Be prepared. Be focused. Be respectful.

    Online Grades and Resources

    Student grades are posted on Synergy.

    I will post assignments, handouts, unit reviews, and other resources on Google Classroom.

    Late Work:  

    Nightly assigned work

    According to district policy, students will have one day to make up any homework for each day that the student has an excused absence.

    I will accept unexcused late work for partial credit.

    Papers and Major Projects:

    According to the English Department “Write to Pass” Policy, essays are to be turned in on time. Late work will be penalized. Students will have due dates in advance, and plenty of time in class to work, so turning in essays or major projects on time should not be an issue for any student.

    The specific school and English department policies for missing and late work (for major assignments) are currently being revised. I will update once I know the new policies.

    Quizzes and Tests:

    For excused absences, students must take the quiz or test within one day of his or her return to class. Any student, who misses a quiz or test due to an unexcused absence, will receive a zero for that assessment.


    First Semester Books (These frequently change so this list may not be 100% accurate. I will let students know well in advance if they are required to purchase a book for class):

    Independent Reading (Summer Choice) 

    Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

    A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

    Macbeth, William Shakespeare

    Anthem, Ayn Rand

    Elements of Literature (classroom anthology)

    First Semester Write-to-Pass Papers:

    Informative Essay

    Argumentative Essay

    First Semester Units:

    Summer Reading

    The World and Me--Cultural Identity

    Breaking the Cycle--Abuse of Power; Authority vs. the Individual

    Growing Up in the Digital Age--Impacts and Consequences of Digital Media on Society and Individuals


    Second Semester Books:

    Independent reading (chosen from a teacher supplied list)

    The Lord of the Flies, William Golding (student purchase novel)

    Black Boy, Richard Wright

    The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

    Elements of Literature (classroom anthology)

    Second Semester Write-to-Pass Papers:

    In-class writing/timed essays

    Argumentative Essay

    Narrative Writing

    Second Semester Units:

    Independent Reading/Literary Circles

    Joining the Conversation--Argumentation

    Human Nature--Good and Evil

    Finding Home--Defining Ourselves



    Summative Assessments (90%):

      25-30% Writing (essays and process work)

      25-30% Tests, Quizzes, Projects

      15% Discussion

      20% Final Exam

    Formative Assessments (10%) :

      10% Homework, Classwork, and Participation



    I am available for assistance most mornings (except Wednesdays) in room G183, from 6:40 until 7:15, during my lunch, planning period, and after school by appointment.