HSAP Test Prep: English/LA

2013-2014 Course Expectations

Course Description

The HSAP course is an elective course designed to prepare students to take the South Carolina High School Assessment Program test. The HSAP exam is a test that is required for graduation in the state of South Carolina.

Meet Your Instructor

I am Mrs. Jackson, and this is my first year with Provost Academy.  I am excited about this new opportunity to help students in the virtual classroom.  I will be teaching English Common Core Grades 9 and 10 and HSAP Prep for English/Language Arts. I live in Greenville, SC where I taught at Hillcrest HIgh for 10 years.  I taught English and led the theatre program while there.  I have two small girls, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, working out,  and consuming Starbucks and chocolate.

Important Information to Note

If you have a question, feel free to call/text. If I do not answer, leave a message and I’ll call you back by the end of the following day. If you email me during my work hours, more than likely you will hear from me that day. If you email when I’m not “working," you will most likely not get a response until the next day.

*Your writing assignments will usually be graded within 72 hours (not including weekends) of being submitted. Research papers may take one week. Please click here to view the school calendar!

Please note: When there is a holiday, you probably won't be able to reach me, and I may not be grading anything that day. Make sure you take a look at the calendar to know those dates.

Check your email daily!

I will be emailing you many, many times about several things:

  • Deadlines
  • Forum Posts
  • Important Information
  • Lesson Recordings/Seminar Information

USA Test Prep

USA Test Prep is a site that we will use to practice and prepare for the HSAP. Click here to access the website.

Here is your login information:

Account id: provostacademysc

Username: same as your Provost portal username (sc and then six digits after it, like this: sc987654)

Password: same as your Provost portal password

Recordings and Seminars

There will be recordings done by me to correspond with many of the lessons in this course. The recordings are intended to explain the information in the lessons in a different way to help you understand the content. Click here to access the Google Doc that contains the lesson recordings. Please use the recordings as you need them. If you are stuck on a lesson, check out the recording.

Seminar Recordings:

At least once a month, we will have a live seminar. I will email you information about the time and place of the seminar in advance so you can plan accordingly. These seminars will be very important for you to attend and will be counted as Extra Credit! The seminar will take place in my classroom. If you miss it, you will have access to the recording afterwards.

You will be reminded of this routinely....no worries!

Course Breakdown

This course is broken up as follows:

1 Total Part

3 Units
  • 10 Lessons in Unit 1 and 2
  • 15 Lessons in Unit 3

Each Unit Ends with an exam--resulting in 3 exams total.

Lessons 10, 20, and 35 require writing a five paragraph essay.

Deadlines and Pacing

Course Deadline: March 24

Recommended Pacing:

October 21 (end of Q1)-complete Unit 1

  • Week 8/18-24: Lesson 1
  • Week 8/25-31: Lessons 2-3
  • Week 9/1-7: Lesson 4
  • Week 9/8-14: Lessons 5-6
  • Week 9/15-21: Lesson 7
  • Week 9/22-28: Lessons 8-9
  • Weeks 9/29-10/12: Lesson 10 (essay writing)
  • Week 10/13-19: Exam

January 21 (end of Q2)-complete Unit 2

  • Week 10/27-11/2: Lesson 11
  • Week 11/3-9: Lessons 12-13
  • Week 11/10-16: Lesson 14
  • Week 11/17-23: Lessons 15-16
  • Week 12/1-7: Lesson 17
  • Week 12/8-14: Lessons 18-19
  • Weeks 12/15-1/11: Lesson 20 (essay writing)

March 21 (end of Q3)-complete Unit 3

  • Week 1/26-2/1: Lesson 21-23
  • Week 2/2-8: Lesson 24-26
  • Week 2/9-15: Lesson 27-29
  • Week 2/16-22: Lessons 30-32
  • Week 2/23-3/1: Lessons 33-34
  • Weeks 3/2-15: Lesson 35 (essay writing)
  • Week 3/16-21: Exam

*Please note that you may work faster than this schedule. Regardless of your pace, you must be finished by the deadline.

Plagiarism Policy and Honor Code

It is important that all written work that you submit is 100% yours. You may not paraphrase or copy anyone else's work unless you give them credit for it. Please understand that plagiarism is something that will not be tolerated. Please view the PASC plagiarism policy by clicking here. Follow the directions and submit this form.

PASC Honor Code 2013-14

Students enrolled in Provost Academy South Carolina are expected to complete their own work. Any actions from students that in any way interfere with delivery of instruction or threaten the integrity of the school will not be tolerated. If more than one violation occurs during any course, the student can be removed from the course and receive a failing grade. Instructional staff is required to document and contact the student, parent, and Advisor of any honor code violation.

Important--Netiquette Rules

***Remember—You must always show respect for your instructor and your classmates on Edmodo and anywhere else in the class. Edmodo is a tool we use to connect as classmates and friends so that we can have appropriate, beneficial, and educational discussions. Failure to adhere to appropriate behavior will result in your inability to access posts, forums, or discussions for the remainder of the year.**


We have a class Edmodo page!

Code to Join: s2nm0d (everyone is expected to join)

Edmodo is a great way for us to “connect” as a class.

We use Edmodo for the following:

· Group Discussion/Forums (we will have at least 1 per week)

· Classroom Posts

· News/Help Forums

· Resources—oh my the resources you will find on there!

· Extra Credit Assignments

· Question/Answer sessions—for when that one lesson is just bugging us all

Please click below to join now!

Scavenger Hunt Clue #3

Go to edmodo for your next clue. Haven't joined yet, no big deal. Click on the link below to sent a request to join our group. You will just have to wait for my approval.