• General Expectations

    We are going to have a great year, but before we get started there are a few things you should know;

    • Follow all school rules. All behavior should be conducive to the learning process for you and your peers.
    • Be actively involved in your own learning. Make an effort to stay engaged and attentive. 
    • Be nice to one another. You will find out that my biggest pet peeve is when students are rude or unkind to one another. This will get you in hot water fast. Try to make sure that all of your peers remember their encounters with you as positive experiences.


    Daily Materials

    You will need the following supplies EVERY DAY:

    • Pen (blue or black)
    • Highlighters
    • Notebook paper
    • Necessary handouts

    Keep these materials handy…everything else, including backpacks, purses, notebooks, etc. should be under or beside your desk—not on top of it.


    English IV Content

    This year we will be exploring British Literature. The school will provide you with a copy of the novels we are studying, but if you want to buy your own, that’s great too! We will be doing a lot of reading and writing (duh). Listed below are the works we will study:


    Grendel by John Gardner

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

          Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

            Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
          The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

     English III Content

    The first semester course serves as an introduction to composition.  We will focus on writing different types of papers and adjusting our writing to fit the appropriate audience.  The second semester course focuses on rhetoric and argument. 

     Additional Dual Credit content may be accessed through the student's Eastfield log in.


    Try to be here every day. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to come to me before or after school for make-up work. Typically, all make up work will be due the next class day. If there is a special circumstance of course we can work together to find a fair due date.



    Major grades- 50%

    Intermediate grades- 35%

    Minor grades- 15%


    I will let you know the categories for specific assignments.


    **UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will major assignments be accepted through Google Drive 


    Late Work Policy

                    Students should have any work ready to turn in at the beginning of class. If an assignment requires printing, it should be printed before class begins. You will not be allowed to leave class in order to print an assignment.

                    No late work will be accepted unless an extension has been discussed and agreed upon by me.


    Classroom Environment

                    No food or gum in class. It appears it is too tempting to dispose of waste in an improper manner. I can’t tell you how many sticky pieces of gum I found under the desks when I moved in this classroom. 


    Academic Dishonesty

                       Plagiarism is a serious offense, and as such there will be serious consequences.  Students caught plagiarizing will receive zeros on the relevant assignment.  Parents will be contacted.  Additional disciplinary measures may be taken. 

                      This is a college course, and cheating will be taken very seriously. In any cases, there will be consequences varying according to the degree of the offense.   



                        I will be available for tutoring in the mornings. If mornings do not work for you, I can be available in the afternoons, but advance notice should be given.


    Disciplinary Procedures

    All discipline issues will follow the following steps:

    1.       warning

    2.       personal conference

    3.       contact parent/detention

    4.       office referral


    Tardy Policy

                    Students will be allowed one tardy per class each semester.

                    The second tardy for the semester in each class will result in a 30 minute detention assigned by the teacher.  Each tardy after the second tardy in each class will result in an office referral.

                    1st office referral(3rd tardy)..................1 detention

                    2nd office referral (4th tardy)...............Saturday School

                    3rd office referral (5th tardy)...............Saturday School

                    4th office referral (6th tardy)...............1 Day of ISS

                    5th office referral (7th tardy)...............2 Days of ISS

    6th office referral (8th tardy)..............3 Days of ISS

    Cell Phones and other devices

    Cell phones may only be used with my permission for academic purposes only. 


    English Department Computer Usage Guidelines:

    *Students should remember that they have already signed the district’s Acceptable Use Policy for computers.  That policy remains in effect with the English Department computers.


    1.     English department computers will not be used outside of English classrooms and will not be used without English teacher supervision.


    2.     Students will not be allowed to use the computers when there is a substitute teacher.


    3.     English department computers will be monitored with the ARD monitoring software. This means that all four English teachers can monitor all thirty computers at all times.


    4.     Students will not be allowed to play games on English department computers unless they have been specified by the teacher for educational purposes (such as the Game Mode on Study Island). 


    5.     Students will not watch movies on the English department computers.


    6.     Students will not listen to their music from English department computers.


    7.     Anything accessed on English department computers must be for specific educational purposes.


    8.     Any unauthorized use of these computers will result in the IMMEDIATE REVOCATION OF COMPUTER PRIVILEGES for a time period to be determined by the teacher.


    9.     Any student who maliciously damages a computer is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.