High School Literature and Composition

Welcome to English class! I hope you’ll find this page easy to navigate. I’ll post class recaps here each week by Tuesday morning so those who are absent can easily see what was missed.

There are four primary elements to this class:

  1. Assigned reading: You will have something to read almost weekly, so it’s imperative you keep up. Since everything overlaps, falling behind on reading leads to falling behind on everything else. 
  2. Reading Quizzes and Response questions: I’ll post weekly quizzes and response questions related to the books. The quizzes are self-explanatory, but the response questions take a little more work. Your answers need to be substantive, meaning they need to have some substance to them. Short answers won’t be given as much credit as longer, more thoughtful answers. (We’ll go over this more in class.) Response questions need to be turned in by Sunday evenings to receive full credit.
  3. Academic papers: You’ll write two academic papers this year, which must follow MLA format, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with it sooner than later. We’ll go over some key formatting issues early in the semester. Please get a copy of the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook
  4. Tests: You’ll take several tests this year, and all of them will be open notes (not open book or open cell phone). Do yourself a favor and take diligent notes in class. You will be rewarded with easy tests 🙂 

Students must have a gmail account, either their own or access to a parent’s account, so that homework and academic papers can be submitted via Google Docs. This allows for easy submission and feedback.

Books are listed in the order we’ll read them: 

Fall 2021
*Short stories, essays, poems, and speeches will be provided here to print or read on the screen. (There will be a lot of them, so hold on tight!)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Spring 2022
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth, a novelization
Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)

Please get a copy of the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook. We’ll use them in class throughout both semesters.

See you Monday, August 16!