English Department


SHS English Department Class Resources

10 Honors Research Paper

English Survey

Mrs. Trainor's World Lit. & Culture

Mrs. Rocchio's Class

Ms. Pedro's Reading Blog

Mr. Bagley's Twitter- (For current students only)- @SHSMrBagley

English Department Faculty

Kristy Antonelli kristy.antonelli@scituateschoolsri.net
Chris Bagley christopher.bagley@scituateschoolsri.net
Anne Pedro anne.pedro@scituateschoolsri.net
Nora Pace nora.pace@scituateschoolsri.net
Maryann Ragno mayann.ragno@scituateschoolsri.net
Maggie Stormont maggie.stormont@scituateschoolsri.net
Ruth Trainor ruth.trainor@scituateschoolsri.net

The English Language Arts Department of Scituate High School supports and actively engages students in achievement of Scituate High School's academic expectations and learner outcomes. Students engage in activities that promote effective communication through speaking, writing, listening and reading, critical thinking and problem solving, effective and responsible use of technology, and exploration of creativity and curiosity. Our courses at each grade level offer multiple opportunities for self-responsibility, recognition and respect for individual differences and diversities, and appreciation and respect for the abilities and achievements of others. Each course also offers the opportunity for students to practice leadership and membership skills by working in groups to solve problems.

The English Department faculty is dedicated to developing the whole student, and in this effort recognizes students' diverse learning styles. Our collective goal is to provide each student with a learning base that carries beyond the high school setting and enables students to apply the knowledge attained in high school to college endeavors and future employment. To this end, each course is designed to expose students to relevant literature, and current global and domestic themes pertinent to the human condition. Students who successfully complete four years of English experience multiple genres of writing and reading and actively use current technology and media.

In recognition of 21st century learning, students use technology to research topics, communicate with other students, locally and globally, analyze media bias, vet internet site credibility, and present researched topics in a professional manner. Students work in pairs and groups to collaboratively attain prescribed goals, create original works and solve problems.

The department has a firm belief in a common academic vocabulary that allows for student progress to be commonly recognized and fairly and consistently accessed. We use the District-Wide Writing rubric, and school wide rubrics to instruct and measure: effective class communication, critical thinking, comprehension and analysis of visual materials, research and analysis of a variety of sources, active listening, self-evaluation and class critiques, self-responsibility, working cooperatively, application of appropriate technology, and oral communication. Additionally, we use common benchmarks as a calibration tool.



English Department Policies

Grading

English grading criteria consists of the following categories and percentages. The final exam is a full 20% of the year-end grade constituting the fifth segment of the year. Segment One only:

Summer Reading
Tests, major papers, and projects
Quizzes
Homework
Segment 5
Final Exam Includes:
Vocabulary
Grammar
Writing/Reading


Late Work

Plagiarism

"Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source. This includes:

submitting someone else's ideas or words as one's own;
carelessly or inadequately citing ideas and words borrowed from another source;"
cheating or copying from another student on a test, quiz, or homework assignment.


(Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices. Council of Writing Program Administrators. 2009. Web.01June2010..)

A plagiarized assignment earns a ZERO on that assignment with no opportunity to make up the work. An act of plagiarism is reported to your parents, school counselor, and principal.