Department: English Course: English 11 Teacher: Ms. Rehill


Course Requirements

Junior English 2020-2021, Mrs. Rehill 

 Welcome to Junior Year! 

Please read these course requirements thoroughly as this is sure to be a very unique year.   Below, you will find information you will need to know to be successful in my class this year.  You will find both my behavioral and academic expectations. Should you follow these guidelines, you will see that your achievements are entirely in your hands.  And I am always here to help should you have any questions because I want you to do well!

 Please share this information with your parents or guardians so they understand what is expected of you as well.

I hope you had a great summer and that you are excited for this school year. While I know many of you may be anxious, I am excited that we will all be together.  As we navigate this new world of hybrid and distance learning, it is imperative that we follow all school protocols to ensure our health and safety.  I expect that you all come to class engaged each day and I will do my best to provide an education, fun, and safe place to learn.  It may take a while to get used to the new school health and safety protocols, but I am sure it will become second nature after a while and we can focus on our learning and time together.  

Junior year English is a study of American Literature that will include journal and formal essay writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical analysis and research procedures, class discussions, and appreciation for what makes American Literature unique.  We will be covering important works in American history by thematic units. All of this and more will aid you for your English Regents and SAT preparation.   


SUPPLIES needed by Monday, September  14, 2020

 iPad (always fully charged and ready to be used) -  You need your iPad all day everyday.  Please make sure you are never without a fully charged iPad.

A notebook or loose leaf binder dedicated ONLY to English. (Your iPad will be occupied with google classroom, apps, texts, etc.  Your notebook will keep your class notes and work separate so you are organized and have space for English.)

Pens – Blue or Black



A folder just for English

Sufficient loose-leaf paper (this is your responsibility to keep replenished during the year)

Access to a computer with internet and a printer (It is the student’s responsibility to check daily assignments online, upload papers, and occasionally print their typed assignments.)



  1. You all have signed St. Francis Prep's acceptable use policy for technology.  This policy promises that you will use your iPad, google classroom, school related apps, and communication with me and your fellow students in a responsible and appropriate manner.  The school has outlined severe consequences for anyone who does not treat this online learning environment with respect.  I expect each of you to take this very seriously, as I do.  
  2. We all must follow the school's health and safety protocols.  I will provide time for a mask break at the end of class, but it is up to you to maintain appropriate hygiene, cleanliness, and social distancing so we do not spread any illness.  
  3. In class or at home online, you are expected to be in your seat, ready for class ON TIME, in complete uniform, with the proper materials needed for that day, and all your homework assignments completed, neat, and ready for review. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class.  I will periodically check that you are on screen throughout the class when you are at home.  Pop quizzes and assessments will be given to ensure you are focused. 
  4. You must be in school the day your cohort meets.  You must justify absences with an appropriate pass or note, and all planned absences must be announced AHEAD of time. Planned or expected absences, including half-day "absences," do not excuse you from getting, completing, or handing in assignments! Work missed due to illness must be made up at the first available opportunity, which is usually the day you return, and it is your job to ask me about that!
  5.  When your cohort is at home doing distance learning, I will provide opportunities for you to ask questions, but please do not interrupt.
  7.     Any form of misbehavior such as disrespect, lateness, or cheating (including plagiarism, copying homework, or stealing answers for tests/quizzes) will NOT be tolerated. Cheating and plagiarism result in an immediate zero for that assignment.  
  8.       While I encourage the use of e-books and iPads in class, they must be used responsibly.  If you fail to use these electronic devices for academic purposes only, you will NOT be allowed to continue using them in my classroom.  Cell phones are NOT permitted at any time. 
  9.      We will be using Google Classroom.  This app is our lifeblood this year.  All communication from me, important documents, assessment information, quizzes, tests, etc. will be posted here.  In turn, you can send me any questions you may have.  You are required to check it daily to stay informed.  Check your email for information on how to connect.  
  10.     Respect is THE MOST important guideline I have.  I expect you to show respect for yourself, your classmates, the school and me.  My classroom is a safe place to learn from each other through the sharing of ideas and keeping an open mind.   Bad attitudes, hurtful comments, and any form of disrespect to me or your fellow students will NOT be tolerated.  Your insights and opinions are welcome in my classroom, but please voice them while respecting those around you. J 


Vocabulary/Grammar: Every other Friday is Vocabulary Homework Day.  Vocabulary quizzes will be assigned per cohort.   Worth100-150 points

Writing Assignments: You will have at least 2 writing assignments per quarter. They will be submitted via  Worth 300-400 points

 Tests: You will have unit tests based on your notes and the reading.  They will include questions that test your knowledge of the reading as well as critical analysis writing. Worth 300-400 points

Classwork/Homework/Participation/Preparedness:  Be  prepared, have your homework, participate, and work hard during class.  Worth 100 points a quarter.  Everyone starts with 100.  If you do not have homework, are unprepared, or contribute to the disruption of class, points will be deducted.  

Socratic Seminars  and group projects:  You will have a Socratic Seminar for most major works.  This is a class-run discussion where I evaluate the class based on your insights.  You may also have a large group project.  Worth  200-300 pts.

Independent Reading: You will be responsible for reading books outside of our syllabus.  This will be assessed.  Worth 100 points

Required Reading: 

·         The American Experience Common Core Literature (Pearson e-textbook)

·         Sadlier-Oxford’s Vocabulary Workshop: Level E (e-text) 

·         Reading selections from the Common Core curriculum

·         Full-length works for discussion (This list may change during the year.  You are responsible for purchasing the novels or borrowing them from the library. Some may appear in your textbook.  I will give ample notice when they are due in class.)

 The Catcher in the Rye                  The Secret Life of Bees                                    The Crucible        

The Death of a Salesman              The Great Gatsby                                       The Things They Carried                                The Scarlet Letter

Readings/Short Stories: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, ” “The Devil and Tom Walker,” The Minister’s Black Veil,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Killers” “A Clean Well-Lighted Place, ” Selections from Emerson and Thoreau.

Poems  Bryant “To a Waterfowl, ” Dickinson: “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” “I heard a Fly Buzz” et al. Whitman “Song of My Self” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Pound “In a Station of the Metro, Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow, ”Frost “Mending Wall,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Hughes ,“A Dream Deferred," “I, too...,” Gwendolyn Brooks  “We Real Cool,"  James Dickey, “The Leap.”