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Denise Donofrio

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Welcome back!  smiley Vocabulary books will be distributed in class, and we will begin using them in class immediately.  Thank you.

My Philosophy

Learning should be fun!  I believe strongly that while my students learn from me, I too learn from my students.  Come in with a great attitude, ready to work hard, laugh a lot, get involved in class discussions, and learn every day.


Freshman, Track 2 Syllabus (distributed in class)

Junior, Track 1 Syllabus (distributed in class)

Creative Writing/Film as Visual Lit Syllabus (distributed in class)

Please Note:  Any student who does not satisfactorily complete the requirements of ELA I, ELA III, or Creative Writing/Film as Visual Literature course at the end of the year, will not be permitted to move to the next grade (Freshmen and Juniors) or graduate (Seniors) until the course is made up through Educere at the cost of the parent.

Classroom Expectations and Goals

Classroom Expectations and Goals (distributed in class)

Technology Help

Tech Sheet (distributed in class)

Parent Guide to Edmodo (follow intstructions to access your student's progess on Edmodo)

Online Text Sign Up Instructions

Period 2

Period 5

Period 7


Junior Project (Test Grade)--Due: Tuesday, Jan. 5

7 Steps to an Effective Speech (Slide presentation/notes from class)

Freshman--Christmas Carol Worksheet--Due: Tuesday, Jan. 5 (Test Grade)

Full text of A Christmas Carol--Feel free to read the book online by clicking this link

Freshman 2nd Quarter Project--Due: Monday, February 1 by 7:00 am to Edmodo.

Junior Semester Assessment Project--Due: Monday, February 1 by 6:00 pm via Email.


Creative Writing Assignments


Poetry Assignment--Due: Tuesday, Dec. 22

Short Story--Due: by 11:00 pm to on Friday, Jan. 15

MySelfie Project--Due: by your class period on Monday, February 1.

Test and Quiz Information

Periods 1, 2, 5, 7--Thursday, Nov. 19--Vocab Quiz, Unit 3

Periods 1, 2, 5, 7--Monday, Dec. 7--Vocab Quiz, Unit 4

Period 7--Thursday, Dec. 10--Lit. Test--"Speech in the Virginia Convention" and "Speech in the Convetion"

Periods 1, 2, 5--Tuesday, Dec. 15--Lit. Test--all notes on Nonfiction, "There is a Longing" and "Glory and Hope"

Glory and Hope

There is a Longing

Periods 1, 2, 5, 7--Tuesday, Jan. 12--Vocab Quiz, Unit 5

Periods 1, 2, 5--Semester Assessment--Monday, February 1*--Assessment will cover the questions from the literature tests this semester, vocabulary (completing sentences), and subject/verb agreement (grammar).

* Because of school being closed for snow on Monday, January 25, the testing days have been pushed back one day; therefore the ELA testing day is now on Monday rather than Friday.


PLEASE NOTE:  Any homework assignment that is not turned in ontime, must be shown to me in class. No late assignments should be emailed to me or uploaded to Edmodo.

Periods 1, 2, 5--Due: by the start of your class period on Jan. 11--Complete Ex. C on pg. 190 of the grammar book.  Follow the instructions and upload your sentences to Edmodo via Google docs, PDF, or directly on the site.

Period 6--Due: by the start of your class period on Jan. 19--Write a reflection paragraph on your favorite short story and why.  Upload your paragraph to Edmodo via Google docs, PDF, or directly on the site.

Periods 1, 2, 5--Due: by the start of your class period on Jan. 21--Give examples of three allusions from books you have read, TV shows, or movies you have watched.  For each of the three examples please list: 1. The title of the book, TV show, or movie, 2. the allusion, 3. the purpose or explanation of the allusion.  For example: 1. Romeo and Juliet  2. An allusion was made to the Greek goddess Diana who is the goddess of chastity.  3. The purpose of the allusion was that Shakespeare wanted the reader to know that Rosaline wanted to remain chaste. Upload your examples to Edmodo via Google docs, PDF, or directly on the site.

Archived Homework






Subject/Verb Agreement Worksheet

SAT Essay Scoring Guide Class passwords and IDs


Blogging Information Sheet (distributed in class)

All posts must be completed by 6:00 pm the Thursday after the video is shown in class.  For example, if a video was shown on Friday, December 2, your post is due by 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 8.

Freshman Blog link

Junior Blog link

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check your post each week to see that it has been accepted and posted on the blog.  If it has not been accepted and posted in a timely manner, relevant to the date you submitted it, then there is an issue with it in terms of format or content as discussed in class. 

You can always update your post and resubmit it for approval, provided you get it in by the due date. 

Romeo and Juliet Link

Romeo and Juliet Character List

Macbeth Link

Macbeth Character List

Junior Research Paper Topics

Research Topics

Junior Research Paper--Helpful Links

Online libraries to help with research:

Outline Presentation from Class

Evaluating Web Pages (video shown in class)

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

Annotated Bibliography Example

Annotated Bibliography Example (Excellent resource for FORMAT)

How to Outline

Types of Outlines and Sample Outlines

MLA Citation

Easy Reference for MLA Citation (Scroll down page for examples)

Format of Research Paper  DO NOT USE SECTION HEADINGS

Works Cited Format


Paranthetical Citations/In-Text Citations

--PSAT Review Booklet link--