“All our dreams can come true --  if we have the courage to pursue them."

    ~Walt Disney

    Middle School English will offer you the opportunity to challenge your writing skills, improve your reading level, and develop your comprehension abilities.

    The following are a few of the topics we will cover:


    We will read a variety of short stories from the Literature Bronze and Gold books.  Novels will be read as a class including a historical fiction selection.  We will also complete a research paper as part of the Effective Communicator curriculum.


    Interpretation of poetry in preparation for the NYS CCSS ELA Exam 


    The students will be responsible for weekly and mini lessons which will include identifying  parts of speech and reading for understanding based on context clues.  Knowledge will be assessed with quizzes to reinforce the lessons. 


    Writing folders, which will include Effective Communicator character analysis, compare and contrast assignments, response writing and literature logs.  We will also complete a journal entry at the beginning of class each day.


    Students will complete two to four book reports this year.  The reports will cover a variety  of  genres and  will  have  optional  written  or  oral  formats.   Students will be responsible for reading a total (including the assigned novels and book reports) of twenty five books throughout the year. Summer book jacket project description is on the school website. 

    “Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you are right."

    ~Henry Ford

    You CAN succeed in English!  The following format will help you organize yourself for success:

    • Proper headings on all papers include:
                      First Name, Last Name
                      English, Period _______
    • Bring your assignment notebooks and journals to class every day.
    • Assignments are handed in on time.

    “I do the very best I know how; the very best I can;

    and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” ~Abraham Lincoln 

    My grading policy is very simple and offers you the greatest opportunity for making your best effort pay off! 

    • Homework with class time to start and finish
    • Book reports
    • Quizzes
    • Tests including quarterly exams
    • Attitude and behavior
    • Effective Communicator assessment pieces

    “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.”

    ~ Zig Ziglar 

    You  must  follow  proper  classroom procedures if your ability is to reach its  maximum potential!  The following rules are posted in the classroom:

                *Be punctual!                *Respect everyone!                *Come prepared!

                *Follow directions!                *Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself! 

    “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

    ~ Albert Einstein 


    I  am  available  everyday  from  2:20 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for any one who needs extra help.  Athletic practices do not start until 3:00 p.m.  Check the late bus schedule!