Department: English Course: English 9 Teacher: Mr. Doyle


Mr. Doyle, English 9, 2020-2021

            Welcome to St. Francis Prep and English 9.  I look forward to having a productive and exciting year.  This course will help you develop several skills essential to your academic success, most notably communicating clearly through writing, as well as reading and thinking about texts critically.

            Over the course of this year, we will read several types of texts, ranging from poetry to prose to drama.  We will also be reviewing skills necessary for strengthening your writing, including grammar and writing an effective five paragraph essay.

            You can get the most out of our time together by coming to class prepared to work and participate, by having done all reading and assignments, and by being respectful of your classmates and the learning environment of our classroom.

Below you will see the supplies you will need and the rules and expectations of our classroom.  Students will be responsible for obtaining the novels/texts listed below and will be told in advance when they should have a text for class. The Pearson text is the e-book that the school uses.  Students will be shown how to access this text during the first days of school.

Reading List:

- The Laughing Sutra by Mark Salzman

- Animal Farm by George Orwell

- Night by Elie Wiesel

- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

- Othello by William Shakespeare

- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

- Text/texts to be determined

Necessary Materials:

- A notebook that you will use solely for English

- A folder for handouts and assignments (a folder in a spiral notebook is acceptable)

- A blue or black pen

- The appropriate text

- Fully charged iPad (you may not charge these in class)

Course Expectations:

- All of the following Course Expectations also apply when you are participating in class virtually. Even though you are not physically in the school building, you are still in school and a member of our class. 

- Be on time and prepared to participate.  This means that you have all necessary materials (see above), have completed all assignments, and are ready to take part in classwork and activities.

- All assignments must be completed on time.  Reading assignments will be tested with a reading quiz.  Written homework that is turned in late will result in a loss of points in grading.

- Work missed due to absence should be handed in when the student returns to class.  Work will be posted online and students are responsible for making sure it is completed.  

- Tests missed due to absence should be made up as soon as possible.  See me about missed quizzes/tests the day you return to class.

- Students are expected to be respectful of their classmates, teachers, and themselves.  Behaving respectfully and cooperatively ensures that we can focus on our work and benefits everyone.  Disruptive behavior will result in contact with parents/guardians and a loss of points from your participation grade.

- We will be using iPads and other technology extensively this year.  You are expected to follow SFP's acceptable use policy while in class.  Failure to do this will result in a loss of technology privileges and potentially a loss of points from your participation grade. 

- Cell phones may not be used in class at any time and should be turned off.



Due to the hybrid learning system we’ll be using this year, I want to take a moment to remind you of some portions of SFP’s acceptable use policy. It’s important to remember that the policy is still in effect when you are participating in class virtually. 

          -Do not use any device to record, transmit, or post photos or videos of a person or persons on campus without their express permission. 

          -Do not post or send any images or video recorded at school without the express permission of a teacher.


- Homework, Classwork, Tests/Quizzes: 50%

- Two formal writing assignments: 20%

- Projects/Presentations/Collaborative Work: 20%

- Participation: 10%

A word about plagiarism/cheating: Plagiarism and cheating, as defined by the school's Honor Code, will result in a score of zero on the assessment/assignment and the student's parent/guardian will be notified.