HS English A

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll be able to meet in person ALL YEAR. With that hope in mind, I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in August. If you’ve been my student before, we don’t need any introduction. If you’re new to my class and style of teaching, I hope we’re a good fit.

The class rules are simple:

  • Do the work I assign and be in touch if you’re confused. I’m here to help! You should never turn in work with the disclaimer that you didn’t understand something. ALWAYS reach out to me for clarification. I’m easily accessible. Promise.
  • Be respectful of other students’ opinions, and be courageous about sharing your own. Literature is meant to be discussed. No one, including me, wants to hear my voice for 55 minutes straight.
  • You won’t like every novel or story I assign, but that’s not my goal. Rather, I want you to recognize each work’s significance and impact.
  • MLA format is SUPER BORING AND TEDIOUS, but the sooner to accept that hard truth and move on, the easier it will become to apply it to your papers. Please familiarize yourself with Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) or the MLA Handbook.
  • Make sure you’re up to speed on using Google Docs. You’ll submit your homework and essays by sharing documents with me so I can edit them and leave you comments.

If we get the privilege of starting in person but have to move our classes online, I’ll record weekly lectures in audio format and schedule occasional Zoom meetings so we don’t forget what each other looks like.


Fall 2020 Reading
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818 edition)
The Great Divorce by CS Lewis

Spring 2021 Reading
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (No Fear Shakespeare)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley (978-0425276198)
Short stories and poetry will be provided