The Common Core standards address the strands of reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening in the curriculum.
- Reading: a study of both fictional and informational texts and the various genres
- Writing: a study of the writing process
- Language: a study of the conventions of standard English, language, and vocabulary
- Speaking and Listening: a study of comprehension and collaboration and the presentation of knowledge and ideas
Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature: British Tradition, EMC Publishing, and supplementary material from the publisher
Elements of Language, Fifth Course (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)
Looking Beyond the Ivy League (Loren Pope)
Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition (Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz)
Ancillary Materials, The Center for Learning
The Riverside Reader (Joseph Trimmer)
**There will also be music and art representative of the various time periods. In addition, films, educational videos, and contemporary articles may be used if appropriate and relevant for the lesson.
Possible Novels or Drama for SSR (Sustained Silent Reading):
Dante Alighieri's The Inferno
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; A Tale of Two Cities
John Gardner's Grendel
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis
Daniel Keye’s Flowers for Algernon
John Knowles’ A Separate Peace
George Orwell's 1984
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front
William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Hamlet, and/or Macbeth
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and/or Treasure Island
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and/or The Importance of Being Earnest
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein
Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Karl Weber and Participant Media's Food Inc.: A Participant Guide
T.H. White’s The Once and Future King
Student choice from departmental reading list
Homework Research Project and/or paper(s)
Class Work (both individual and group) Tests and study guides
Oral Presentations Journal Topics
Projects Semester Exam(s)
Socratic Seminars Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
* Three-ring notebook with assigned tabs
* Pens and pencils
* College-ruled notebook paper
* Textbook, classroom handouts and/or notes, and any other supplementary materials
Students will access individual grades through the program Parent Portal. Grading will be done on a total point system; point values are based on the importance and complexity of each assignment. For example, tests will be worth 100 points, and quizzes, projects, and other assignments may vary.
If a student is absent or needs to check on assignments, it is his or her responsibility to make up missing work in accordance with the deadlines outlined in the syllabus. If there are questions about an assignment or additional materials that the student needs, arrangements need to be made for a time to come after school. Instructional time will not be used to do this.
Please see the student handbook for the University School policy regarding cheating and plagiarism.
Late work policy: Please see the Policy for High School English Department which is posted on the web page. This is extremely important to your child’s success.
Electronic devices may occasionally be used for class assignments, projects, and activities. These are allowed to be used in class only when the teacher has given permission to do so. Students using an electronic device without permission are subject to the consequences outlined in the student handbook.
* Be on time to class and seated when the bell rings.
* Be prepared for class. You will not be allowed to return to your locker once class begins.
* You are responsible for and expected to give your very best work. In order to be successful in this class, you will be expected to complete all homework and class assignments.
* Be fully present in class. Listen actively and engage in the learning process.
* Respect the dignity and worth of every person in the classroom. This includes your peers, your teacher, and the perspectives of those individuals studied in class. Use “I” statements in class discussion.