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Teacher: Ms. Friedman

Email: [email protected]

Office: N-102 (behind the security desk near the main entrance)

Hello and welcome to English 9!  This year we will be studying key novels, short stories, and poems in the canon of literature in English.  Studying literature is not solely limited to studying words on a page, and requires greater context, which is why we will be looking closely at relevant cultural and historical context to better understand what we are reading.  

Required Reading:

  • Myperspectives - ELA National 9 (textbook- available on your iPads)

  • Sadlier Vocabulary Workbook, Level D

  • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros ISBN 9780679734772

  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare ISBN 9780743477116 (Or an edition with a modern day translation companion)

  • Night, Elie Wiesel ISBN 9780374500016

  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck ISBN 0140177396

  • The Odyssey, Homer (will be distributed as handouts in class)

  • Short stories and poems (will be distributed as handouts in class)

***The first novel we are reading is The House on Mango Street, and you will need a physical copy of the text in class ASAP!  We will be starting the novel sooner than that, but I will begin checking to make sure everyone has a physical copy of the novel on Monday, 9/20.  If you are waiting to receive your novel in the mail, you may use an etext until you get the physical copy.

You DO NOT have the option of using a physical book or an etext.  You MUST use physical paper copies of the text.  You must also have your copy of the text with you for class every day!  

Classroom Rules:

  • Be respectful!  This means be respectful to your teacher, your peers, and any visitor who comes into the classroom.  Do not speak over anybody else who is talking.  Do not use hateful language.  This also means be respectful of the space of the classroom.  Do not leave garbage behind in the classroom.  If it is your trash, you are responsible to throw it away/recycle.

  • WEAR YOUR MASK!!!  (Yes, I know it’s part of the uniform, but I will repeat myself.  If my mask is on, your mask has to be on too!)  

  • Any assignment (homework or otherwise) is expected to be turned in on time!!  If you fail to do so, the grade is automatically a 0.  If you are absent or there are other outstanding circumstances, we may of course discuss it privately.

  • If you are absent you are responsible for checking Google Classroom for any work you may have missed.

  • Always be prepared!  This means having your notebooks, something to write with, the text we are working on, your iPad (charged), any work due that day.

  • Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask for help!!  The works we are reading are challenging, and we will work through them together.  I would never give you an impossible assignment!  Do not be afraid to express anything that you find difficult or confusing.  Come to class with questions!  Chances are if you’re having trouble, you’re not the only one in that boat!  If you do not feel comfortable bringing it up in class, please seek me before/after class, during a free period, or via email.


  • Students will be graded on a total points system, meaning that each assignment is weighted based on its significance.  

  • Every student will begin the quarter with a class participation grade of 50 points.  Classroom misconduct will result in a deduction of participation points.

  • Essay tests will count for 100 points.

  • Quizzes, including vocabulary quizzes and reading checks, as well as classwork will count for 20-50 points.

  • Homework checks will count for 10 points each.  Either you have it or you don’t- grade is a 10 or a 0.  These cannot be made up.

  • Your final grade will be the amount of points you earned divided by the total amount of points in a quarter.  This means failing a 100 point essay test will have a much greater impact on your final grade than missing a 10 point homework assignment.

  • Opportunities for extra credit points and assignments will be announced in class.

Required Materials:

  • Notebook- physical paper notebook MUST be used for notetaking in class!  You will NOT be allowed to take notes on your iPad.

  • Folder

  • Pen or Pencil

  • Highlighter

  • Post-it notes

  • iPad (Charged. Outlets to recharge in the classroom are limited.)

  • Recommended: 

    • External battery (to charge your iPad in class.  As previously stated, outlets in the classroom are limited.)

    • Stylus (for times when we are using iPads in class)

iPad use in class:  You will only be allowed to use iPads in class when directed.  Note taking will be limited to pen and paper exclusively.  If you are caught using your iPad when you are not allowed to during class, that may result in a loss of participation points, or a loss of your privilege to use your iPad in class at all.  Photos, as well as video and audio recordings of class are strictly prohibited.

Academic dishonesty/plagiarism: I take academic honesty very seriously.  All instances of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarising are not tolerated and will be met with severe penalties.  If you are caught you will meet the following consequences:

  • Assignment will receive an automatic 0.  This grade cannot be made up or replaced.

  • The student will receive an honor code violation.  Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be immediately notified.

Absences: Attendance is a priority.  All students are responsible for all assigned work, even if they are absent.  You are responsible for checking Google Classroom for missed assignments.

Electronic Devices: Cell phones are not permitted in class.  During class they should be in your backpacks and silenced.  Cell phone use will result in a deduction of class participation points.  

Class participation: You start every quarter with a class participation grade of 50 points.  You are expected to maintain that 50/50, through regular participation in class.  This does not just mean you speak and answer questions in class, but also come to class prepared.  This means you come into class every day with your notebooks open, the text we are working on out, you’re not always asking me to borrow a pen.  I understand that some of you like to speak more in class, while others may just like to sit back and listen.  If you find that you speak more, be aware of how much conversational space you use in class.  If you prefer to sit back and listen, make an earnest effort to challenge yourself and speak during class.

Extra help: As stated before, do not be afraid to ask for help!  I am here to support your success!  Extra help is always available.  If you need extra help, talk to me before/after class or send me an email and we can arrange a time to meet.

Your first assignment (10 point homework check) is to submit the course outline with your signature as well as a parent’s/guardian’s signature to Google Classroom to show that both you and your parent/guardian have read and understand what is expected of you in class.

(student’s name) have read the classroom rules and expectations and hereby agree to comply with them through the 2021-2022 school year.

Student’s signature:

Parent/Guardian signature:

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