• English 10, American Studies

    Madison High School                                                         Course Expectation Sheet


    English 10, American Studies


    Mrs. Gabel

    Telephone: 973-593-3117

    E-mail: gabelm@madisonnjps.org

    Webpage: MHS site --Teachers--Gabel

    Location: Room A-1



    I.       Course Description


    Units in literature, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, research, speech, vocabulary, and study skills form the basis of this course.  Literature genres studied include novels, short stories, nonfiction (essays and biography), poetry, epic, and drama.  Composition is taught through the combination of traditional and writing-as-process approaches, with the emphasis on prewriting, composing, peer revision and editing, and final draft form.  Editing for mechanics is stressed for all final, graded writing in preparation for the PARCC, PSAT/SAT and other standardized tests taken by MHS students.

    II.    Required Text and Materials

    • Three ring notebook binder used only for English class (can be left in class)
    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Highlighters
    • Binders with dividers (I will distribute them)
    • Chromebook and charger
    • Textbook, American Literature which includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, narrative, writing prompts and more
    • Vocabulary
    • Novels, Plays and Poetry, including but not limited to:

     Black and White, Native American Literature, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Ethan Frome, Of Mice and Men, PARCC Review, Death of a Salesman, Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Catcher in the Rye

    III. Classroom Expectations

    • Bring your Chromebook, book, notebook, writing instrument and assignments to class
    • Arrive on time
    • Participate
    • Phones go in the clear pocket holder next to the door.  My phone will go in there as well. :) 

    IV.   Grading Policy

    ¨      2/3 of your grade is tests and essays

    ¨      1/3  is quizzes and homework

    ¨      I will hand back your papers as soon as reasonably possible.  I believe that immediate feedback is important for growth.  I will also discuss your successes and shortcomings on your assignments so that you can continue to improve.

    ¨      Papers will be handed back and placed in a classroom portfolio folder.  You will record your assignment title and grade in your folder grid (much like keeping a check book).  You will have time to continually tabulate your average, so you will always know where you stand in terms of your grade.  I will also correspond with you via Google Docs and Google Classroom when we work on assignments using our Chromebooks.  

    ¨      All writing is graded using a rubric.  You will receive the rubric along with the applicable writing assignment so that you may edit your work accordingly.  The rubric eliminates “guess work” and will keep you on track for the elements you need for an effective essay.

    V.      Late Work & Make-Up Policy

    ¨      If work is not completed in class, students must complete the work as homework.

    ¨      Homework assignments have specific deadlines and are due in the beginning of the class.  Please speak with me if there is an extenuating circumstance.  I pride myself on being reasonable.

    ¨      Tests, quizzes and writing assignments are given advanced notice.  If you know you will be absent on the day of an assessment, please see me so that I can get you caught up before or promptly after your absence.

    VI.   Participation

    Participation includes coming to class with required materials, completing assignments, being ready with questions for material not understood, and taking part in class discussions with relevant commentary. 

    VII.          Teacher Availability

    I am available for extra help in room A-1.  We can also prearrange extra help after school.  Feel free to email me at gabelm@madisonnjps.org.