English 9 is a general English course preparing students for the more specialized course in American and English Literature in the next two years.  The course covers vocabulary, sentence structure, sentence improvement, all usages in the English language, and general knowledge about English such as denotation, connotation, and various thinking strategies.  Literature includes fiction and non-fiction novels, plays, poetry, essays, and short stories.
          My classroom expectations are pretty simple; I expect each of you to be respectful of one another.  Often in English classes, discussions occur where students are able to voice their opinions on various subjects.  We must learn to listen before we speak and give each other the time to express thoughts without the fear of judgment.
          I expect each of you to be to class on time every day with your required materials:  reading assignment completed, any written work completed, pen/pencil, notebook/binder, and student planner.  Should you find yourself running late, please return to the teacher you were with prior to English class to obtain a late pass.
          I realize that each of us will find ourselves, at one time or another, forgetting something we need for class.  Perhaps a computer malfunction occurred at home and you were unable to print your assignment, or you became ill.  I am asking that you speak with me privately before class.  It is uncomfortable to be greeted at the door with problems and concerns.  Please see me before school begins if at all possible.  I find myself being much more tolerant of late work when I know before class is to begin.  Remember, any late work will result in 10 points being deducted for each day it is not turned in.  The assignment will be considered a zero until it is handed in.
    Literature:  The Reader's Choice Course 4,  Glencoe, McGraw-Hill Corporation, 2007
    Forms of Literature, Scott Foresman, 1997. 
    Forbidden City
    Farewell to Manzanar
    Warriors Don't Cry
    Give a Boy a Gun
    Julius Caesar
          If at any time during the school year you have questions or concerns, I welcome the opportunity to discuss these directly with you.  I have listed my contact information on the "Welcome" page.