Honors English 12 - Kolbe Academy

Honors English 12

Creative Writing

According to the Ignatian Method, Kolbe Academy’s Grade 12 English course has been designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act.  The lessons of the three component parts of the course—Vocabulary, Composition, and Oral Presentations—will all contribute to development in these fields.  This course is also designed to help stimulate and develop the student’s creative imagination through admiration and imitation of great writers and styles.

This course teaches skills for:

  • Using words well & continuing to develop vocabulary
  • Developing thoughts & ideas logically so as to become an effective writer & speaker
  • Discovering creative writing as a useful vortex for both expressing & understanding emotions
  • Appreciating Poetry & Fiction, particularly in the Short Story genre
  • Learning the basic elements of stories & poems

Students will learn the fundamental elements and various styles of stories and poems, how to interpret and present poetry, and how to write well, by reading great writers and imitating classic styles, through composition work and vocabulary practice and tests, writing creative stories and poems, and oral presentation exercises.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit will have eight composition assignments, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, honors students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Sadlier-Oxford
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G Teacher Manual, Sadlier-Oxford
  • The Art of the Short Story, edited by Dana Gioia & R.S. Gwynn
  • The Menagerie of Marsepink, Claudio Salvucci, Arx Publishing
  • Writer’s Workshop, Gregory L. Roper
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • English 12 Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Poetry: A Spoken Art, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Outline 0f Poe’s Essay Week 3: Short Story Premise
Week 2: A Sonnet* Week 4: Character Development
Week 3: An Imitation Poem* Week 5: Outline
Week 4: An Imitation Poem* Week 6: Introduction
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 11: A Humorous Poem* Week 10: Background Details
Week 12: A Monologue* Week 11: Conflicts
Week 14: A Rhapsodic Poem* Week 12: Climax Scene
Week 15: Three Haiku* Week 15: Short Story First Draft*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed rubrics to assist in grading the composition assignments.  Each composition assignment will have a rubric available for the student in the course.


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

11 – 12 (12th)


Ms. Finnigan

Lecture Format




Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

10 (English)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Modern Era Literature
US and Modern History
Morality and Church History III

Online Companion Courses

Modern Era Literature
US and Modern History
Morality and Church History III


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors English 12

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.