• Selected Texts

    “St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves” by Karen Russell

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Letter to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

    “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    The Wizard of Lies by Diana B. Henriques

    Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

    Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos




















    Homework: 10%

    Classwork: 20%

    Quizzes: 20%

    Tests: 25%

    Authentic Assessments:  25%


    Academic Expectations

    • Students should arrive to class on-time with a notebook and a pencil or (preferably) a pen.
    • Students should expect that they will be submitting some of their work on paper and some through Google Classroom.
    • Students are required to complete five Reading Plus lessons every week.  These lessons are mandatory for every ELA-9 class and will count toward the final marking period grade for each student.
    • Late work will be accepted and reviewed at the teacher’s discretion.  A student should not expect her grade to change immediately when handing late work.
    • Only original work should be submitted, for any classwork or assessment unless otherwise specified in the instructions for that assessment.  Any attempt to submit work found on the internet or elsewhere will result in a 0 for that assignment.

    Classroom Expectations


    1. No disrespectful language (toward teacher or one another)
    2. No “zoning out” by staring at screens during learning time
    3. Keep the drama outside of the classroom
    4. Maintain an attitude of self-respect and professionalism
    5. Leave the classroom in a clean and organized state
    6. Desks are arranged in specific ways for specific reasons; do not move them
    7. Seating arrangements are entirely based on the teacher’s discretion
    8. Keep your phone in your pocket or bag; no cellphone use during class
    9. Students are expected to make up missing assignments even when absent
    10. Refer to student handbook for additional information regarding discipline and attendance