Welcome to the new school year! Please bring your summer reading books to class every day! x

All About English I

English I, which typically occurs during a students first year of high school, focuses on the power of the English language throughout a variety of mediums. Students will be exposed to the language in poetry, drama, short stories, novels, films, plays, and music, as well as a multitude of other channels. There is also a strong focus on adjusting students to the expectations and rigor of the high school environment. Because of this, there is a large focus in the beginning of the year on acclimating students to not only the classroom expectations, but also the tools they will use not only in English I, but in their later English classes and post-secondary education.

Because of the depth of mediums within the English language, we will institute a few key practices within the classroom, including literature circles (“What Are Literature Circles and How Do We Use Them?”), Word Wall and vocabulary implementation, and the use of graphic organizers throughout the class. These materials will be available online as well, as they are needed throughout the year. If you have any questions about these tools, please feel free to contact me using the link at the top of the page.

Below you will find the syllabus for the class, which includes my classroom expectations and requirements, a book list of potential books students may read throughout the year, and PDF documents of each unit within our SpringBoard text, the primary educational text that is utilized alongside our novels throughout the year. This is accessible to both parents and students, so feel free to use these links as needed.


To access the syllabus for English I: English Textual Power, please click here.
You can download a PDF of the document after clicking the link.

Book List

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school.

This book-entertaining for both adults and children-follows the fantastical adventures of a little girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a nonsensical world full of peculiar creatures. She returns to that world six months later through a mirror.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s short novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first published in 1886, became an instant classic, a Gothic horror originating in a feverish nightmare whose hallucinatory setting in the back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence. Its revelatory ending is one of the most original and thrilling in English Literature.

Ender, who is the result of genetic experimentation, may be the military genius Earth needs in its war against an alien enemy.


Due to the amount of assignments, click the following link to access the English I homework.


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