What does it mean to be an "Honors" student?
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
These quotes sum up nicely my reasons for requiring 75 AR points from each honors student per quarter. You have the freedom to read whatever sorts of books interest you, not just the ones in our library. This total can include tests taken on class novels. AR points will count as a homework grade worth 75 possible points (so 68 points out of 75 is still an A).
In addition to having exposure to wonderful works of fiction, you'll read one book from a new section of the Dewey Decimal System each quarter. For each of these works of non-fiction, you'll complete a Dewey Report. These reports will be available in abundance in room 725.
Please know that you will write. A lot. Some writing will happen in class, and plenty will happen at home. You will share most of it, and keep all of it. You will hear and see and study and do writing. You will create, speak, and build, and it will all have to do with writing.
You will get lost in the best you have to offer because you'll want to.
Here's to you and what you have to offer as an honors student, but more importantly, as a human being!