• English 4


    Instructor Names: Mrs. Rebecca Bell, Mrs. Theresa Trubiano, Ms. Janet Jacobsen

    Office Location: 200, English office or

    Email Address: rbell@somervilleschools.org, ttrubiano@somervilleschools.org, jjacobsen@somervilleschools.org

    Office phone: 908-218-4108

    Office hours:  

    Mrs. Bell:  Monday and Thursday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment in Room 209 

    Required Materials

    You may use one of two options:

    1.     A 3-ring binder with dividers (this one is preferred)


    2.     A pocket folder and a spiral notebook

    A pen/pencil

    A highlighter is preferred

    ***Recommended: Thumb drive (computer/printer problems are not an excuse for missing assignments)



    You will be graded in a variety of ways. Some of your assessments will be formal such as tests, essays, and projects. Others will be more informal such as exit cards, pop quizzes, and short responses to the reading. Each graded assignment will be given a point value.


    For every day an assignment is late, a ten-point deduction will be taken off the final grade.  



    Please make sure you are on time for class. For the first late, you will receive a warning. For subsequent infractions, you will have detentions or be referred to the appropriate administrator.

    Second Late—15-minute detention

    Third Late—Referral


    No cellular devices will be accepted in the classroom, especially because you have Chromebooks. Use the passing time to text if necessary. If we see you using your phone, we reserve the right to refer you to the appropriate administrator. No warning will be provided prior to referral.



    We do not accept late homework. If the assignment is not present on the due date, you will earn a zero.



    Somerville High School requires independent, honest work on the part of its students, and students are expected to conduct themselves with scholarly integrity. Each confirmed incident of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism must be reported by administration. Any plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and possible referral to the administration.

     Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

    1)    Copying answers from a textbook to submit for a grade.

    2)    Copying answers from another student to submit for a grade.

    3) Quoting text or other works without citation when requested by the faculty member to present one’s own work.

    4) Submitting a paper or essay obtained from a term paper service or taken from the Internet.

    5) Submitting a paper or report written by another student, a parent, or a colleague as one’s own.

    6) Submitting another student’s project, essay, research paper, or computer program as one’s own.

    7) Submitting a paper wholly or in substantial part using the exact phrasing of source material.

    8) Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, where the original source material is simply edited with perhaps minor word changes occurring.

    9) Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, splicing together sentences from scattered segments of the original.


    Computer Usage

    Computers are to be used only for instructional purposes. Please be aware that if you are on other sites or assignments, not school/teacher approved, you will be locked out and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Additionally, if you are caught using another student’s work via Google, it is plagiarism and the plagiarism policy will be enacted.


    Reading Selections


    The Anglo-Saxon Period (449-1066)

    Beowulf Translated by Burton Raffel


    The Medieval Period (1066-1485)

                “The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer

                “The Pardoner’s Tale”

    “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”


    The Elizabethan Age (1564-1616)

                William Shakespeare

                “Sonnet 18”

                “Sonnet 29”

                “Sonnet 30”

                “Sonnet 73”

    “Sonnet 116”

    “Sonnet 130”



    The Victorian Era (1837-1908)

                A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens


    21st Century Literature (2000-Present)

    A Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon


    ** We reserve the right to add or remove any reading assignments during the school year.