• Core Texts*

    Macbeth, Shakespeare
    Lord of the Flies, William Golding
    Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas Foster
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    Kaffir Boy, Mark Mathabane
    The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
    Night, Elie Wiesel

    Classroom and Homework Policies

    Studies show that students who miss school for any reason earn lower grades, score lower on standardized tests, and experience less intellectual growth.  Therefore, it is essential that you make a concerted effort to be in class every day. I post all assignments on the board in class and on the school website, but it is your responsibility to write all assignments in your planner.

    • Absent work is the responsibility of the student.  If you have been absent, check the Google Classroom for information on what you missed. Quizzes/tests must be made up during your GAEL period in the HUB Testing Center. Note: Large, long-term assignments (essays, projects) are still due on their original due date, regardless of illness. Either have someone drop it off at school or submit via email by class time.
    • Homework is assigned for practice and review, mastery of learning objectives, assessment preparation, reading for next day's discussion. All assignments are communicated through the daily agenda in class, Google Classroom, and the class calendar.
    • Extra credit is occasionally offered to the entire class. Individual extra credit will not be given to a student performing poorly in class. When extra credit is offered, it is up to you to take advantage of the opportunity.
    • Google Classroom is used for this course during the school year.


    • English-only spiral notebook or 3-ring binder
    • Pens (blue, black, red ink) and pencils
    • 3x5 notecards
    • Sticky notes
    • Highlighters or colored pencils (different colors)

    Grading Scale

    This course is structured on a traditional grading scale of 90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D.  

    Seminars/Discussions 10%
    Assignments/Journals 15%
    Writing 35%
    Tests/Quizzes/Final Assessments 40%

    Classroom Expectations
    All students are expected to behave appropriately in class in accordance with school rules.  I enforce the DHS behavior rules as outlined in the discipline policy, and expect students to follow them at all times.  Any behavior that interrupts my ability to teach and the other students’ ability to learn will not be tolerated.

    * Parents: Novels in this course have adult themes. If you are concerned about these themes, we recommend you read the text before the class or with your student during the school year.