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Denise Donofrio

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Welcome back!  smiley Please be sure that you purchase your vocabulary book.  Freshmen should purchase Vocabulary Workshop, Level E.  Juniors should purchase Vocabulary Workshop, Level G.  We will begin using the books the first full week of school, so please be sure that you have purchased the vocabulary book in a timely fashion.  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.


Junior, ELA III, Track 1 Syllabus

Freshman, ELA I, Track 1 Syllabus

Freshman, ELA I, Track 2 Syllabus

Freshman, ELA I, Track 3 Syllabus

Classroom Expectations and Goals

Classroom Expectations and Goals

Online Text Sign Up Instructions

Period 2

Period 5

Period 7


Periods 2,3,7--Romeo and Juliet Differences Essay--Due: Friday, Mar 6 by 8:00 am to  Type it in MLA format.  This will count as a test grade.

Period 5--Romeo and Juliet Differnces Intro. Paragraph--Due: Friday, Mar 6 by 8:00 am to  Type it in MLA format.  This will count as a quiz grade.

Period 6--"Celebrity" Essay--Due: Friday, Mar 6 by 8:00 am to  Type it in MLA format.  This will count as a test grade.

Freshman 3rd Quarter Project--Due: Monday, March 30

-----Research Paper Due Dates

Thesis--Due: Moday, 3/23

Annotated Bibliography--Due: Wednesday, 4/1

Outline--Due: Monday, 4/13

Research Paper--Due: Thursday, 4/30

Junior 3rd Quarter Project (Annotated Bibliography)--Due: Wednesday, April 1 by 11:00pm to

Junior Research Paper Project--Due: Thursday, 4/30

Research Paper Rubric

Test and Quiz Information

Periods 2,3,6,7--Monday, April 13--Vocab Quiz--Unit 10

Period 5--Monday, April 13--Vocab Quiz--Unit 6, all words

Periods 2,3,6,7--Tuesday, April 28--Vocab Quiz--Unit 11

Period 5--Tuesday, April 28--Vocab Quiz--Unit 7, all words


Period 6--Due: Friday, April 24 by your class period--Please see Edmodo for the homework assignment.  Remember to upload your response to Edmodo directly on the site, via Google Doc, or via PDF.

Archived Homework







SAT Essay Scoring Guide Class passwords and IDs


Blogging Information Sheet (given out in class the first week of school)

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

Macbeth Link

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