•                                                                                                                        COURSE PROFILE





    The English III College Prep (CP) course of study is designed for junior students who plan to continue their formal education beyond high school. The course is designed to enhance levels of proficiency in areas of writing, usage, literary comprehension, and communication goals. This course explores fiction/drama, as well as the short story and poetry. In addition, writing, vocabulary development, language usage, journal writing, listening, and speaking will be reviewed, reinforced, and further developed. Students will also receive instruction in research techniques and will write a research paper. Students must also complete a variety of enrichment activities and projects. The course fulfills the state requirements for English and explores American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


    Reading Through novels, short stories, poetry, etc, the focus is on challenging the students to comprehend, interpret, and synthesize facts and ideas. Additionally, the students will identify the author’s purpose in literature, as well as the effects of structure, cultural perspective, style, and point of view. Novels/plays will be chosen from the following collection: The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, The Things They Carried, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Adventures in American Literature (textbook). In addition, we will also be reading various works/excerpts of nonfiction.

    Expository, creative, and journal writing accompany these works. Projects and additional information will round out each novel/play of study.

    Writing Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically in written expression. There will be a variety of writing including expository, persuasive, and narrative compositions. As mentioned above students will complete a research paper. Journal writing and reaction pieces are integral parts of the curriculum.

    Vocabulary Students will learn and use vocabulary in context. Students will receive handouts with the words for each work of study. Quizzes will be given on all vocabulary words. 

    Grammar All classes use the text Holt Handbook, which focuses on grammar, usage, mechanics, and sentences. It is important to note that grammar is done both in isolation (as in the book) and in conjunction with writing assignments.


    Grades will be based on the following:

    • Tests/Projects
    • Writing Assignments
    • Quizzes- Vocabulary and Reading
    • Homework
    • Classwork
    I make it very clear to my students that being prepared on a daily basis leads to better learning, better results on quiz/test grades, and ultimately a better grade for the marking period. Homework, class participation and overall preparedness also factor into the marking period grad

    I believe homework is critical to a student’s learning and success. I expect homework to be done with the student’s best effort. If homework is poorly done I cannot know to what degree the learning was reinforced.

    • No credit will be given for late work.
    •  Any writing assignment or project received after the due date will be deducted ten points or one letter grade for each day it is late.
    •  The amount of homework each night varies greatly. An average night may require 30-45 minutes. When we are reading our novels, however, the amount of time will depend on the student.
    • If a student cheats on and/or plagiarizes an assignment, he or she will receive a zero as per the Somerville High School Grading Policy. 
    •  In addition, each student must come to class prepared each day with a writing utensil, his or her notebook and textbook.


    My Schedule

    A student may see me either before or after school for extra help, to make up a test or work that was missed. Also my office hours are Tuesday’s after school in room 205 or by appointment.