Members of the Wildcat Family:
Welcome to English III! In this course, we look at the development of American writing. From the earliest colonists to the 21st century, American writers have sent messages about America to the world. We will explore America’s past and present through the literature we read; we will also explore how we can play a role in shaping this future through the writing of research papers as a part of the CMS Graduation Project.
We will also focus heavily on college-and-career preparation. Now – not senior year – is the time students need to begin seriously planning and preparing for life after high school. We will have a range of guest speakers and career events throughout the year, as well as regular seminars with our resident college adviser. Additionally, all juniors are required to take the ACT in the fall; our goal is to increase overall school proficiency by 15 percentage points.
As far as materials are concerned, I ask that every student comes prepared (by Wednesday, August 28th) with:
- Two black or blue pens — NO red or colored pens
- One pack of pencils
- One 1.5-inch (or larger) binder.
- One 180-page (or larger) spiral-bound, college-ruled s
- One pack of tab dividers.
One final note: Please do your best to ensure that your students are at school every single day. We have a large amount of content to cover in a short period of time, and the only way we can make sure our students are learning is by working with them in the classroom. Once students fall behind, it is very difficult to get them back to speed.
I look forward to working with you over the course of the semester! You should expect an introductory phone call from me within the next three weeks — but feel free to reach out at any time. All of our class information will be viewable online at gregasciutto.com. If you ever need hard copies of documents or content in a different language, please let me know.
Garinger High School
All class documents can be accessed by clicking here.