• 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 student has an excused absence.

    I will accept 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. Students will have due dates in advance, so there should be no reason for any student to turn in an essay or major project late. If a student chooses to turn in an assignment late, then the following penalty system will be enforced:

    One day late: One letter grade will be deducted.

    Two or more days late: Automatic F: 0-59% according to the quality of the assignment. Please do not find yourself in either of these categories.

    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:

    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 essay

    Argumentative Essay

    Narrative Writing


    Second Semester Units:

    Independent Reading/Literary Circles

    Joining the Conversation--Argumentation

    Human Nature--Good and Evil

    Finding Home--Defining Ourselves



    25-30% Writing (essays and process work)

    25-30% Tests, Quizzes, Projects

    15% Discussion

    10-15% Homework, Classwork, and Participation

    20% Final Exam


    Help:  I am available for assistance most mornings (except Wednesdays) in room G183, from 6:40 until 7:15, during 4th hour lunch, 5th hour planning, 8th hour study hall, and after school by appointment.