ELA/ELL Syllabus



    Ms. Gomes

    E-mail: gomesste@orange.k12.nj.us

     Course Description

    Students will build a strong foundation of skills, knowledge, and strategies that will be applied as students engage in more complex texts and tasks. Students will be introduced to various genres of literature while developing and enhancing their writing and grammar skills.

     Classroom Management

    It is expected that each and every student:

    • will come to class prepared
    • will not use their cell phones during class
    • will respect everyone in the classroom
    • will complete and make up all assignments

     Grading Policy

    • Homework 10%
    • Classwork 20%
    • Test 25%
    • Quizzes 20%
    • Authentic Assessment 25%

      Late Assignments

    If a student is absent, it is his obligation to either ask me or a classmate about any work that was missed. They will have an extra day, after their absence, to submit their work.

     If homework is late, there will be a deduction of 5 points. Homework cannot be late for more than three days. For example:

    • 1 day late – 5 points deducted
    • 2 days late – 10 points deducted
    • 3 days late – 15 points deducted

    Please refer to the student handbook for additional information regarding student discipline and attendance. 

     Academic Dishonesty: In this classroom, plagiarism and cheating will NOT be tolerated. If an assignment has been plagiarized, it will result in an automatic zero. Cheating on any tests/quizzes will also result in an automatic zero.  


    • Notebook
    • Pen/Pencil
    • Highlighters
    • Pocket Folder
    • Headphones

    Expectations for Reading Plus, Newsela, and Brain Pop ELLwww.clever.com

    Reading Plus


    Brain Pop ELL

    Every student will be required to complete FIVE Reading Plus lessons per week. Your average for all lessons must be 80% or higher. These five lessons will be counted as a homework grade for the week. You will be expected to work on your Reading Plus during small group rotations.

    Every student will be expected to engage in content-related articles on Newsela during each unit of study. You will be expected to read a Newsela article during small group rotations.

    Every student will be expected to review grammar and vocabulary words through Brain Pop ELL. You will be expected to work on Brain Pop ELL during small group rotations.


    These are the texts that we will cover throughout the school year:

    ---Module 1—


    “Teens and Decision Making”


    “What’s Going On In Your Brain?”


    "Insight Into the Teenage Brain" 


    “Hanging Fire” 


    “Summer of His Fourteenth Year” 


    “The Debt We Owe to the Adolescent Brain”


    “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”




    “Outsmart Your Smartphone” 



    ---Module 2---


    “What is the Horror Genre?” by Sharon A. Russell 

    “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe 

    “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs 

    The Masque of Red Death


    RL Stine’s “Intro to the Master Class”

    How to Write a Horror Story in 7 Steps



    ---Module 3---

    from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass 

    from Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry 

    “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”


    Emmett Till


    “The Scottsboro Boys”


    from Walking with the Wind by John Robert Lewis


    “I Have A Dream” Speech by Martin Luther King Jr