Course Syllabus

English 9 ACP  Syllabus

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Dear Families,

Welcome to the high school! I look forward to getting to know you better over the course of the year.

Entering a new school year with higher student accountability and more work can be difficult to balance at first. While I encourage parents to be supportive and involved with their children’s education, I also ask that students be allowed to complete their own work independently. Through doing their own work, students build skills they will need to be successful for the rest of their time in high school and beyond. Please note that using sites such as Sparknotes and Shoomp, which summarizes and analyzes literature for students, is considered cheating. Also please note that homework will be assigned every night, to reinforce or extend the lesson goals of the day, or prepare for next class.


Texts and Units for the Year:

  • Short Stories (Various)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Grammar Unit
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding


Broad Objectives for the Year:

  • Master the art of writing a paragraph, with correct citation and embedding of evidence.
  • Examine word choice and how it influences the author’s writing.
  • Compose a 5 paragraph essay with theses that analyze the author’s commentary on a theme.
  • Reinforce active reading and participating in class based on the reading.
  • Learn and use correct grammar when writing essays, as well as the correct format.


Grading Policy

  • 50% Tests, Papers, Vocabulary Quizzes, and Reading Quizzes
  • 30% Homework Assignments*
  • 20% Class Discussion and Notes


Please Note: Late homework (the exception being papers) can be completed for half credit if turned in at the next class.  Students who are sick have 24 hours once they come back to school to make up the work missed, unless they are sick for an extended amount of time. Further information about grading, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty can be found in the student notebook, if there are any questions.


Materials for Class


  • 3 Ring Binder (at least 2 inches...3 is better)
  • Loose leaf paper for your binder (notebooks can be tricky in binders, or easily damaged over the course of the year).
  • Pencils, Pens
  • A laptop
  • Access to Canvas, an online classroom/homework tool. Students are encouraged to use the WHS library as well as the Wellesley Free Library, if they do not have access to wifi or printers.


  • Dividers in a notebook
  • Highlighter
  • Smart device (Laptop, Smart phone, and/or Tablet)


Contact Me:


Phone: 781 446 6290 x 4310


Email is a better way to contact me than phone. If you wish to have a phone call, I have found it easiest to email me to set up a time to talk on the phone. Please give me at least 24 hours to respond to your email.  Thank you!


Best Regards,

Jenna Stacy

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