Course Outline

English is about people and the stories that make us who we are.  By reading a diversity of fiction and nonfiction texts, we will do more than learn about the world around us: we will learn about ourselves and our own beliefs, so that in turn, we can learn how to face adversity and change as well as how to enact positive changes in our lives and our communities.

Along with reading and writing on a daily/weekly basis, we will also participate in:

  • Touchstones program
  • Community Circles
  • Fishbowls/Socratic seminars
  • Blogging

Shared Reading - Novels
1. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
2. Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


English – Additional Supplies List


  1. 1 notebook for Dialogue Journal
  2. 1 box of tissues
  3. A positive attitude!



Tests/Projects                                   40%

Classwork/Quizzes                           30%

Participation/Effort                          15%

HW                                                      15% 


Note: Students will start with a HW grade of 100 for the trimester. Five points (-5) will be deducted from this HW Total for every missing HW. Some HW assignments will count as an independent grade--not part of the HW Total-- and will follow the late assignments policy below.


Late Assignments Policy

  • –3 days to turn in late work or make up assignment/test; afterwards = 0


    If Absent

  • –YOU are responsible for missing work.
  • –You have 3 days to complete missing work.
  • –Check absent folder & website, ask classmates and myself


Extra Credit: Opportunities will be built into units and assignments