Ms. Gomes 


    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. 


    Grading Policy  

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

    Classroom Management  

    It is expected that every student:  

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

    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 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 student handbook for additional information regarding student discipline and attendance.  

    Academic Dishonesty  

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

    Required Materials

    Notebook, Folder, Pens/Pencils, Reading Materials 



    ---Module 1--- 


    “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” Karen Russell  


    Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare  


    Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke  



    ---Module 2--- 


    “The Tell-Tale Heart” (Edgar Allan Poe) “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” (Emily Dickinson)  


    Oedipus the King  


    “True Crime” (Newsweek) New York Times Book Review “How Bernard Madoff Did It,” by Liaquat Ahamed The Wizard of Lies Epilogue (excerpt), by Diana Henriques “$50bn Ponzi Scheme - How Madoff Did It.”  



    ---Module 3--- 


    Grandin, Temple, and Catherine Johnson. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior and related supplemental research sources. 



    ---Module 4--- 


    Aronson, Marc and Marina BudhosSugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science and supplementary module texts. 



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