• Updated as of Monday, April 6th

    Covid-19 Absence Update

    Hello to the best juniors around! Your first priority is to take care of yourself to ensure the safety of your family and community. This information has been updated as of 4/6/2020 and will be updated when necessary. This week, tenatively by Wednesday, there will be a link posted here to required assignments that will be evaluated on a credit/no credit basis. The school district will be contacting home in the next day or two with the details. Please make sure you are checking your school email daily, and that your parents check their email as well. 

    Conference Calls

    I miss you all and would like to provide you with the opportunity to get instruction on the assigned topic, discuss the directions to the the required assignmets/activities and to stay connected I will no longer be posting the invitation to our Zoom meeting here on my public website. It is important that you check your school email for the invitation. I will post the schedule of the Zoom meetings here; the next of which is Tuesday, April 7th at 1:00 pm. After the question of the day students will be able to ask clarifying questions for any of the work assigned and then we can catch up on what everyone has been doing during their time at home. 


    The following was the suggested work assigned for the weeks of 3/16 through 4/3

    For all completed assignments please type them in Google Docs and share them with me when you are done. If you cannot type them up in Google Docs go ahead and handwrite them, take a picture of the assignment with your phone and then email them to me at afoley@shschools.com. 

    If you cannot access the following assignments please contact me.

    Here is a link to the folder on my Google Drive with all the assignments:


    The Great Gatsby

    3/16 - 3/20:

    Read Chapters 3 &4 and answer Reader Response Questions

    3/23 - 3/27:

    Reah Chapters 5 & 6 and answer Reader Response Questions

    3/30 - 4/3:

    Read Chapter 7 and answer Reader Response Questions

    Outside Reading Book (ORB)

    The Outside Reading Book #2 Project will be due Monday, June 8th. Although this may seem a long way off, I recommend you try to read daily in the book you chose. Take the total number of pages in your book and divide it by 75 and the answer is how many pages a day you should be reading. Your ORB should be read by June 1st. The project for this ORB is a One Pager assignment. The directions for the One Pager assignment and exemplars will be listed on the Resources page for this class.


    Study the Unit 8 Vocab words and be ready for a test when we get back to school. Also, complete Unit 9 flashcards. If you do not have flashcards at home please write down the words, definitions and sentences in your Vocab section of your English notebook. The list of words for will be listed on the Resources page of for this class.



    College Prep English 11

    Course Expectations

     Course Description:

    Welcome to College Prep English 11! Here is the “official” course description as it appears in the syllabus:

    The course will concentrate on American literature from 1700 through the present. Students will read novels, plays, poems, short stories and nonfiction. Students will develop their ability to understand and interpret literature in relation to their own experience, historical context, and major themes found in the readings.  Students will refine their skills as effective readers and further develop the capacity to write about literature.

    **If your student is not reading or writing at grade-level—do not be concerned with the above description. We will work diligently throughout the year to remediate weaknesses and build upon existing strengths through a variety of academic and instructional supports***

    As eleventh graders, you will spend the next two years learning with your friends and teachers, exploring subjects that interest you, participating in the school community, and finally taking the first steps toward being an adult. While math, science, social studies, and art are all worthy and fascinating pursuits, it is literature that helps us make sense of the world around us.

    Literature provides a “rehearsal” for the real-life experiences that confront you every day. C.S. Lewis, author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe said, “We read to know that we are not alone.” The books that we read will deal with all the themes that you deal with every day – friendship, struggle, love, courage, and all the other events, emotions, and struggles that make our lives interesting.  As you read, you should be thinking about how you would respond in the situations presented, and why you feel that way.  It will make the stories far more interesting and help prepare you for what you will encounter later in life.

    Focus Points:

    A major goal of class this year will be developing more than just your English language arts skills.  We will also be developing the skills and capacities you need be successful in school in general and your academic courses in particular.  You will learn how to:

    • Read more strategically
    • Write more effectively
    • Think more critically
    • Take notes more successfully
    • Express yourself through both oral and written expression
    • Develop and effectively use a variety of organizational skills
    • Develop and effectively use a variety of study strategies

    (While the last two focus points are not specific to ELA, I feel as though they are important to incorporate within all subject areas.)

    In order to improve your skills, you will be expected to:

    1. Participate appropriately in in-class discussions.
    2. Read selected novels, poems, essays, and texts.
    3. Write longer, analytical essays about literature.
    4. Present oral reports to the class about topics you select.

    Materials Needed:

    You will need to bring the following to class everyday:

    • A pen or pencil – every day!
    • A 3 subject notebook or binder with loose leaf for class notes & activities
    • A homework planner for copying down homework/projects
    • A yellow and pink highlighter
    • The book, play, text, or story that has been assigned
    • A year-long supply of Post It Notes
    • A year-long supply of notecards (I suggest four packs)

    If you are unable to purchase any of these items, please let me know.

    Note – if you walk into class without these items, you are unprepared for class, and therefore unable to fully benefit from what we will be doing. It is critical to come to class prepared.

    Class Procedures:

    1. Please go to the bathroom before you come to class. 
    2. Please sit down immediately upon entering class and begin the “Warm Up” assignment. 
    3. After completing your “Warm Up”, please write the day’s HW assignment into your planner.
    4. The last 5 minutes will be time for us to summarize what we have accomplished and to write any additional notes or comments about that night’s homework.
    1. Cell phones, iPads, Food – As these are all forbidden by the school, they are forbidden in class unless I designate permission to use them (learning tool etc.). If I see them (during an undesignated time), I will ask you to hand them over to me and the device will be turned into the administration. If you refuse, you will be sent to the Planning Room.


    Your grade will be calculated in the following manner:

    • Assessment 80 % (Writing, Tests, Quizzes)
    • Practice 20% (Classwork, Homework)

    Make-up & Late Policy:

    Part of becoming a successful adult is learning to manage and meet deadlines.  For that reason, I expect that you will hand in homework, projects, and other assignments on the day that they are due. 

    • For major assignments & in class projects: If you do not hand in the assignment on time, you will have three days to complete it and hand it in.  You will lose 15% for each day it is late. For example, an assignment handed in three days late will have 45% subtracted from the real score.  Assignments will not be accepted after the three days. 
    • For homework assignments: In English class, homework is assigned to either practice a skill or concept we covered in class or prepare for an upcoming lesson.  For that purpose, homework is due on the indicated date.  Homework may be handed in a day late for ½ credit, after that it will not be accepted for credit.
    • You are responsible for getting any and all make-up work. If you are absent for one day, you will have 3 school days to make up missed work. If you are absent for two or more days, you will need to discuss the due dates with me.
    • If you have a conflict with another class, sporting event, work commitment, or other family function, please see me before the assignment is due.  I will be more than willing to work out an arrangement. 

    * Students with IEPs and 504 plans who have “extended time” accommodations are expected to meet with me - before the established due date - to discuss when the assignment will be handed in.

    Re-Take Policy:

    • Long-term writing - no revisions
    • Timed, one-class writing (not on a test) - if score is lower than 80, then a student may revise within one week of it being returned after meeting with teacher. Take higher grade up to 80.
    • Tests/quizzes: if score is lower than 80, then a student may retake within one week of the test/quiz being returned after the student comes for extra help. Take higher grade up to 80.

    Discipline Policy:

    Our goal is to have an interesting, lively class.  However, it is critical that we are respectful of each other as we try to work each day in class.  If I have to ask you to stop talking or discontinue a distracting behavior more than two times in a class, you will be asked to stay after school with me and/or sent to the Planning Room. I hope to avoid these steps, but it is important that we have a respectful class so that everyone has the opportunity to learn.

    Class Website

    At the site https://ma02202349.schoolwires.net/Page/3902 you will find web pages containing class policies and expectations, homework assignments, and when possible copies of assignments to download. This website will not be updated for the current academic year until after Tuesday, September 10th, 2019.

    Contact Information:

    I am available every day at 7 AM in room 515.  My designated extra help day is Wednesday. I am generally after school until 3:00 Monday through Friday. Please feel free to stop by if you have a question or concern. I do not always stay late on Fridays. You may also email me at any time with any question or concern. My email address is afoley@shschools.com, or you can leave a message for me on my school line at 413 538-5063 ext. 3515.

    I look forward to working with you this year.  I hope to learn a lot this year and I’m sure you do too!


    Ms. Foley