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Mrs. Erin Gerry

For this class, the student will need to bring the following every day: 

·         Textbook(s)

·         Notebook

·         Blue or black pen or a pencil. 


Reading Materials
Elements of Literature, Third Course. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Harcourt: © 2001

LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED.  I will not give any partial credit. You must turn in assignments on time in order to receive credit; failure to do so will result in a zero. 

If you miss class, I will allow you the same number of days to make up your work. For example, if you miss two days of school, you are allowed two days to turn in your work.  Check the missed work folder or come talk to me before/after class. I WILL NOT give reminders - THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Grading Categories:

Regular Work =                                                    80%                                        

(Includes all in class work,

homework, quizzes, and tests)

Trimester Exam =                                                20%                        1 Comprehensive Exam

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TOTAL                                                                  100%

Do not ask me about your grade during class. I am happy to talk to you about your grade outside of class time. 

Basic Classroom Policies:


You are allowed 2 hall passes for this class. Use them wisely as that is all you will be allowed the entire tri-mester. My suggestion is that you take care of bathroom and other business between classes. 

  • You will respect me – no talking while I am talking. Please raise your hand to speak.

·         You will respect each other as young adults. 

·         You will place any homework/assignments in the designated file folder when told to do so.

·         You will be seated at your desk when the bell rings.  

·         Please refer to the handbook for tardy policies.

·         No backpacks are allowed in class. 

·         No food is allowed in class unless I state otherwise. Only bottled water or soda is permitted.

Proposed Schedule

Unit 1: Short Stories 
Essential Question: Why do we tell stories?

Literary Terminology: Character, characterization, figurative language, irony, narrator, parable, plot (i.e., exposition, rising action, crisis/climax, falling action, resolution/denoument), point of view, sensory imagery, setting, style, symbol, symbolism, theme, tone
Reading/Viewing: Various short stories from our primary text Elements of Literature.
Grammar Objectives: As determined by English Department Vertical Team

Unit 2: Poetry
Essential Question: How does poetry reveal what we might not otherwise recognize?

Literary Terminology:  Alliteration, analogy, assonance, ballad, blank verse, consonance, diction, dramatic poetry, enjambment, figurative language, free verse, Haiku, heroic couplet, imagery, lyric poetry, meter, narrative poetry, octet, ode, rhyme, rhyme scheme, sestet sonnet (Shakespearean, petrarchan)
Reading/Viewing: Various poem selections from our primary text Elements of Literature.
Grammar Objectives: As determined by English Department Vertical Team

Unit 3: Literary Non-Fiction – Reflection (the memoir, the essay, and the speech)
Essential Question: How is reflecting different than remembering? 

Literary Terminology: Abstract/universal essay, alliteration, autobiography, chronological order, classification and division, compare and contrast essay, ethos, pathos, exemplification, extended metaphor, memoir, objective/factual essay, repetition, satire
Reading/Viewing: Various non-fiction selections from our primary text Elements of Literature.
Grammar Objectives:  As determined by English Deptartmnet Vertical Team

Unit 4: Drama  Fate
Essential Question: Are we governed by fate or free will? 

Literary Terminology: Aside, blank verse, classical allusions, comedy, dialogue, dramatic irony, foil, Greek chorus, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, irony, monologue, protagonist, soliloquy, stasimon, tragedy, tragic hero, tragic flaw, tragic illumination
Reading/Viewing: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, Elements of Literature Textbook  , “Romeo and Juliet”, Film 
Grammar Objectives: As determined by English Department Vertical Team

Unit 5: The Novel – Honor
Essential Question: Is honor inherent or bestowed? 

Literary Terminology: Antagonist, characterization, characters: major and minor, conflict, extended metaphor, motif, parallel plots, protagonist, setting, and theme
Reading/Viewing: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck “Of Mice and Men”, Film (Note: Film does contain some language. Please let me know if this is a problem.) 
Grammar Grammar Objectives: As determined by English Department Vertical Team

Unit 6: Epic Poetry – Heroism
Essential Question: Are epic heroes brave, smart or lucky?

Literary TerminologyAllusions, archetype, arête, chronological order, the classical epic poem, epic poetry, epic/Homeric simile, epithet, evidence, hero, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, invocation, narrative, oral tradition, thesis statement
Reading/Viewing: The OdysseyElements of Literature Textbook, “The Odyssey” – Film

Grammar Objectives: As determined by English Department Vertical Team

Every week there will be a vocabulary lesson. Students will be given the words on Monday and a corresponding assignment. They will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

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