Ms. Sharon Hinkle
Ms. Hinkle, English teacher
Graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Ms. Hinkle obtained a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing.  Ms. Hinkle joined Colgan in 2017 and is currently teaching English 12 for the 2019-2020 school year. 

    2019 - 2020 Schedule:

    P1 English 12
    P2 Planning
    P3 English 12
    P4 English 12
    P5 Planning/Duty
    P6 English 12
    P7 English 12

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    Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School

    “Preparing and Inspiring Students for their Future”


    Ms. Sharon Hinkle

    English 12

    2019–20 Course Syllabus

    Phone: 571.374.6550 

    Twitter: @SaysHinkle


    Office Hours: M, T, W, Th 2:20 - 3 p.m.

    Course Description:

    Since the beginning of time, humans have used stories to make sense of their world. Though much has changed, they’re still the best meaning-making tool at our disposal. The goal of this curriculum is to show students how much stories have to offer them and how much they have to offer the world in return. Students will read a variety of texts across different mediums and hone their ability to interpret and communicate knowledge in both written and multimodal forms. This course will provide students with knowledge and skills that will serve them whether they’re attending college or joining the workforce.

    Required Class Materials:

    Journal, Notebook (binder), Paper (loose-leaf), Expo Markers,  Pens/Pencils (#2 for tests), Highlighters, Post-It Notes, and  Index Cards

    Unit Descriptions: 

        Unit 1: Seeking Ikigai:Treating the Exe-senior-stential Crisis

Unit 2: Heroes & Villains: How Stories Shape Us

Unit 3: Power, Ambition, & Greed: Interpreting Patterns Across Text

Unit 4: Rage Against the Machine: Social Commentary & Critique

Unit 5: Speak Your Truth: Creating & Curating Meaningful Texts

Unit 6: Build Your Community: Creating Change Through Empathy & Design

Grading/Missed Work:

The students will be graded on an 80/20 scale. 80% of their grade will come from the summative assessments (tests, essays, projects) and 20% will come from formative assessments (quizzes, classwork, homework).  The consistent completion of the formatives will prepare the student for the summative assessments thoroughly. 

If a student is missing work or turns in an assignment late, they will fill out a reflection sheet with a portion about how to avoid missing work in the future.  There will be a date cutoff of accepted missing work when the grading period ends to which the work is correlated.  Students will be informed well in advance of the cutoff date.

Retake Procedures

All students have the opportunity to retake a summative assessment.  There will be one summative assessment per unit of study. If a student desires a retake of a summative assessment, he/she will design a relearning plan, prepare, and meet with the teacher in order to retake.  If a student needs help in preparation, they may schedule one-on-one time during office hours.

Contact Information: Students

If you have any questions about homework, tests, classwork, etc. the fastest way to reach me is through the or email at, or the Edmodo class page. Please follow the class Twitter @SaysHinkle (though I will not follow you back) and check the Google calendar frequently for changes and updates.  If you do not have a Twitter account, please contact through Email or through the class Edmodo website.

Contact Information: Parents

The best way to contact me is through email at  Please encourage your student to be proactive and self-advocate.  Both students and parents should check for weekly messages, as I update Fridays, and address any concerns as soon as they arise.  The use of ParentVue, the class Edmodo website, Twitter, and email will be extremely beneficial in monitoring your student’s progress.

Additional Information:

To support student learning, I have weekly Office Hours for students who need additional support and tutoring: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. Students who schedule conferences with me beforehand have priority; drop-ins will be seen in order of arrival. Emailing is another way of receiving help. I check email often, so always know that is another way for you to get in touch.

If a student is uncomfortable with the prescribed assignment at any time, please contact me so that we may conference in order to discover the best path forward for the student on the specific assignment and to explore alternatives.

“During the course of the school year, your child will read several texts in his or her Language Arts class. Some of these texts will be required for whole class or small group instruction. Other texts that students select for independent reading are not necessarily included on the PWC Instructional Reading List. If for any reason you are not comfortable with your child reading a certain text, please contact me so that we can work together to find and appropriate alternative.”

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