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  • blue/black pens

  • Pencils

  • Notebook (spiral or composition, college ruled)

  • Loose Leaf (notebook paper)

  • A book EVERYDAY

  • At LEAST 3 different colored highlighters

  • MPS issued Device (with charger)

  • An English folder/binder



  • Be on time- RMHS attendance/tardy policy will be followed

  • The RM Way will be demonstrated in class

  • Dishonesty/Cheating/Plagiarism will earn a grade of 0. (No redo’s)

  • Be ready to think

  • Be open to new ideas

  • Be willing to take risks


Grades in an English class primarily reflect a student’s proficiency on adopted state standards.

  • A= 90 -100% (mastery or highly proficient)

  • B= 80 - 89% (proficient)

  • C= 70 - 79% (proficient or partially proficient)

  • D= 60 - 69% (minimally proficient)

  • F= 59% and below (not proficient or not enough evidence to determine proficiency)

Semester grades will be fully cumulative.

Each assignment will fall into one of the following standards-based categories and will be weighted according to the following scale:

  • Speaking and Listening = 15%

  • Language = 15%

  • Reading = 20%

  • Writing PROCESS = 20%

  • Summative Assessments (including final exams and final essays) = 30%


Late work, make-up work, missing work, and revised work will be accepted under the following conditions:

  • First and foremost, the RMHS English Department expects all assignments to be turned in on time.  As a reflection of that expectation, all assignments will incorporate a responsibility component and a level of mastery score.

  • Students may turn in late and missing assignments in order to earn credit and have teachers evaluate their skill, progress, and mastery.                                                                                                                                     However, students will not receive the responsibility component of the score when turning in late work.

  • Work must be accompanied by a department or PLC generated cover sheet. There are two separate cover sheets--one for late work, make-up work, missing work and a separate one for revised work.

  • English teachers have final say in whether an assignment will be accepted late.

  • Cut-off days for late work/revised work will be set at the end of each quarter. Students may not turn in assignments/revise assignments/retake assessments from previous quarters.


  • Lion Time has been designated for academic growth and will be used in the English classroom for reteaching, retesting, tutoring, practicing, and independent reading time.

  • Students will not be allowed to watch movies or TV shows (Netflix), youtube videos, or participate in unsanctioned non-academic activities during Lion Time.


All English students will be required to take department reading and writing assessments, district benchmarks (if required), and the state assessment to determine correct placement, to assess skill level, to determine proficiency, and to plan curriculum/intervention/enrichment:

  • August: a department reading and writing pre-assessment will be administered within the first three weeks of school.

  • October: a department reading and writing post-assessment will be administered at the end of first quarter.

  • December: a grade level final will be administered at the end of first semester.

  • March: a department reading and writing assessment will be administered at the end of third quarter.

  • April: a state mandated test will be administered during a state testing period

  • May: a grade level final will be administered at the end of second semester.


  • All English students will be required to take an academic final each semester.

  • All English teachers will administer the grade-level approved final for each semester on district designated finals days for both fall and spring semesters.



  • Use of cellphones in the English classroom is strictly prohibited unless the teacher has given specific permission for an academic use.

  • Cell phones must be turned off (or set to silent mode) and put away during the entirety of class.

  • Some English classrooms may require students to place their devices into a cell phone holder during the class period.

  • Violations per school policy will result in cell phones being confiscated and held until the end of the school day. It is the student's’ responsibility to arrange pick-up of their devices after school.

  • The instructor is not responsible for damage or loss of these devices.



Course Unit Overview: The District adopted new textbooks this year called Collections by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt (HMH) that contain 6 collections of literature. This year, we are studying four of the collections. Along with the textbook, each quarter will include a novel study, writing assignment, vocabulary/grammar skill building units, and assessments found in the HMH online portion of the textbook.

Starting with:

COLLECTION 5: A Matter of Life or Death, Major Piece(novel): The Call of the Wild, by Jack London.

Other Works/Excerpts may include:

  • The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Informational Texts/Articles
  • Memoir from Night
  • Is Survival Selfish? by Lane Wallace
  • various poems

COLLECTION 6: Heroes and Quests, Major Piece (Epic Poem): The Odyssey

COLLECTION 4: Sweet Sorrow, Major Piece(novel): The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

May include the viewing of:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)

COLLECTION 3 : The Bonds Between us Major Piece(novel): To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

May include the viewing of:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)


Please complete a Google Form linked  here acknowledging your understanding of these classroom policies for Freshman English Literature taught by Jennifer Caruso at Red Mountain High School. By submitting the Google Form, you also grant your student permission to read, watch, and discuss the outlined novels,, poems and plays listed in this syllabus and the student online textbook..


Please complete a Google Form linked here acknowledging your understanding of these classroom policies for Freshman English Literature taught by Jennifer Caruso at Red Mountain High School.