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Honors English 11: Fall Semester Final Exam

The final exam for this course is designed to measure the development of your skills in the three areas of English as recognized by the local, state and national curriculum standards. The three areas are: Reading, Writing and Listening/Speaking/Viewing.  

 Your fall semester final exam will also explore the meaning of this semester's essential question which is: "How do writers create truth through fiction?"

In the context of this exam, you will read two non-fiction articles related to the semester's essential question. Each article will serve as a critical lens through which you will reflect on literary works encountered this semester through our reading, writing and listening/speaking/viewing activities. 

 Here’s how the exam will be structured and how you should prepare for this exam:


Standards Area: Reading

What’s being assessed here?

  • Student’s ability to independently and critically analyze/interpret literary “texts”. ("Texts" will include literary works from the semester as well as literary works selected for this exam specifically.)
  • Student’s ability to interpret the essential question in the context of selected literary works.

How should you prepare for this part of the exam?

Use your completed semester portfolio to review this semester's literary works and your response to those works. As you review, consider how these works relate to this semester's essential question.




Standards Area: Writing

What’s being assessed here?

  • Student's ability to create an essay which communicates an effective and insightful answer to the selected essay question/prompt while demonstrating a clear and coherent progression of ideas which reflect an in-depth and sophisticated understanding of literary works.
  • Student's ability to introduce, place in context and parenthetically cite the required number of supporting passages from selected literary works and further reveal precisely how and why passages provide support.
  • Student’s ability to complete the full writing process and create an essay which reflects strong idea development, clear organization, precise word choice, appropriate voice/tone and a thorough understanding of conventions.


How should you prepare for this part of the exam?

  • Review your digital portfolio and look for errors you commonly make in the writing process. Be sure you know how to fix these errors. Click here for help.
  • Review your portfolio and look for your strengths. Try to find out which brainstorming process, which revision process and which editing process worked best for you. You will have time to write and then revise your essay.


Essay Scoring Rubric 


Essay “demonstrates clear and consistent mastery, although it may have a few minor errors” in the following:



Essay “demonstrates a reasonably consistent mastery, although it may have occasional errors or lapses in qualityin the following:


Essay “demonstrates adequate mastery, although it will  have lapses in quality” in the following:



Essay demonstrates consistent flaws in one or more of the following:



Essay  fails to show mastery of any of the following:


  • A well- developed thesis which clearly answers question/prompt.
  • A strong use of organization.
  • An in-depth and sophisticated understanding of the critical lens article(s) as well as references to two or more literary works from the semester.
  • Carefully chosen and cited passages from the critical lens article(s) which offer evidence of support (using MLA citation guidelines).
  • Identification of stylistic or persuasive elements (word choice, appeals to emotion to add power to the ideas expressed) contained in the critical lens article(s)
  • A “strong command of the conventions of standard written English” (SAT Essay Scoring).

Essays not written on the essay assignment will receive a score of zero.


Work Cited

 "SAT Essay Scoring." SAT Suite of Assessments. The College Board, 03 Dec. 2014. Web. 25 May 2016.