Mrs. M. Gordon



2016-2017 Schedule of Classes

English 9 Resource Room

  English 10 Resource Room

                                                         English 11 Resource Room                                                          

  English 12 Resource Room

Supplementary Multi-sensory Reading

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I will be replacing Mrs. Doherty in the high school resource room English

classes while she is out on extended maternity leave for the year. As you may be 

aware, I taught your child when (s)he was in middle school, and I am so excited 

to be with him/her again. I am really looking forward to a great year! On the first 

day of class, your child received a paper outlining the course guidelines which we 

also discussed. I have included it below for your reference throughout the year.

Contact me at any time via email or the main office. Hope to see you at 

Back-To-School Night on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.


Mrs. Maureen Gordon

High School English Guidelines/Procedures

At the high school level, English class will be comprised of developing skills in reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. Reading comprehension includes reading many works of literature and nonfiction informational texts. Writing includes improving one’s ability to apply the conventions of grammar, usage, and mechanics and improving one’s ability to engage in different types of composition and rhetoric. Vocabulary development will provide activities using context clues and the study of word parts and their etymologies.

Course requirements:

  • Students are expected to be on time  to every class everyday.

  • Students are expected to come prepared: pen, notebook, textbook, HW.

  • Students must complete all assignments, even when absent.

  • Each student is expected to do his/her own work.

  • Students are expected to put forth effort outside of class for all assignments including independent reading, multiple-drafts writing, and serious thinking!

Important notes:

  1. A student will fail this class is if he/she does not complete all assignments. Please do not think that one incomplete assignment cannot hurt one’s overall average. Students must make effort to do their best for every assignment.

  2. If classwork is not finished during class, it is homework.

  3. It is a student’s responsibility to see me upon returning from an absence to discuss make-up work.

  4. Late work policy: A student has three days to make up work. Late work does not receive full credit. One day late = 85; two days late = 70; three days late = 55. Some late work cannot be made up, especially if it has already been reviewed.

Reminder: summer reading assignment is due on Monday, September 12, 2016. Students should be prepared to be tested on the required book AND should submit their handwritten literary terms and definitions. The test and terms will count for 15% of their first marking period grade; test = 10% and terms = 5%.


The following grading scale will be used:

A+ = 98-100         B+ = 89-91      C+ = 80-82      D+ = 71-73      F = 64 or below

A   = 95-97      B   = 86-88      C   = 77-79      D   = 68-70

A-  = 92-94      B-  = 83-85      C-  = 74-76      D-  = 65-67

First Marking Period ONLY:

Summer reading test/literary terms = 15%

Quarterly Assessment = 15%

All formal assessments (essays, tests, quizzes, projects) = 40%

Classwork, homework, participation = 15%

All vocabulary exercises = 15%

All other marking periods:

Quarterly Assessment = 15%

All formal assessments (essays, tests, quizzes, projects) = 50%

Classwork, homework, participation = 15%

All vocabulary exercises = 20%

In an effort to correct sloppy habits and replace them with more conscientious ones, the following rules will be applied to all assignments:

  1. If a student misspells a word that is spelled correctly somewhere in the passage or writing prompt, two (2) points will be deducted for each word.

  2. Two (2) points will be deducted for each occurrence of not capitalizing appropriate words.

  3. Two (2) points will be deducted for each occurrence of using “of” instead of “have”.

  4. Five (5) points will be deducted for putting quotation marks around the titles of books, movies, poems, and/or plays. The titles of books, movies, poems, and plays should be underlined or italicized!

  5. If an assignment is expected to be completed in ink, ten (10) points will be deducted if completed in pencil.

To my students: I am available everyday before and after school and during my lunch and prep periods to help you. Please take advantage of the extra help. My goal is to provide you with the reading and writing skills necessary for your success and happiness after high school including college, employment, military, or simply living as an independent adult in the world. Sincerely, Mrs. Gordon














            Week of September 26, 2016

            posted Mar 15, 2016, 8:01 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 7:36 AM ]

            This pertains to all high school English Resource Room classes:

            Monday: All extra credit is due.
            Wednesday: Vocabulary note cards OR work/study sheet due (student choice)
            Friday: Vocabulary test unit 1 

            Students will be reading in class (both aloud and independently). If students need more time, they are required to finish reading at home. All passages are in the students' literature textbooks. You can help your child if you like, or if you simply want to see what your child is reading, here are the passages.

            English 9    -  "New Directions" and "New Road Chicken Pies" (recipe)
            English 10  -  "The Monkey's Paw" and "from Swimming to Antarctica" 
            English 11  -   three Native American myths (Onondaga, Modoc, Navajo)
            English 12  -   essay "England's Green Fertile Land" and three Anglo-Saxon lyric poems

            Week of October 3, 2016

            posted Jan 20, 2016, 7:27 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 5:47 AM ]

            All high school classes began Unit 2 Vocabulary. Notecards or study sheets are due on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

            English 9: plot diagram for "New Directions" - due Friday, October 7.
            English 10: plot diagram for "The Monkey's Paw" - due Friday, October 7.
            English 11: questions #1-7 on p. 29 - due Thursday, October 6.
            English 12: essay (three elegies) - due Friday, October 7.  

            Week of November 14, 2016

            posted Oct 13, 2015, 8:13 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 6:35 AM ]

            Tuesday, November 15, 2016: All high school English classes - complete Choosing the Right Word in your vocabulary packets. Students started them in class.

            Literature selections students are working on this week...   All stories are in students' literature textbooks.
            English 9: The Most Dangerous Game 
            English 10: Like the Sun
            English 11: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
            English 12: from the Decameron: Federigo's Falcon


            posted Sep 30, 2015, 11:35 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:37 AM ]


            posted Sep 21, 2015, 11:46 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:38 AM ]


            posted Sep 17, 2015, 6:06 PM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:39 AM ]

            Homework: Language Arts Literacy Grade 8 Resource Room

            posted Sep 3, 2013, 6:48 PM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated May 8, 2014, 6:46 AM ]

            Monday, May 5, 2014: Poetry Packet is due on Friday. Students may work on it one page a night or complete it all. I will be checking to make sure that one page is completed daily. 
            Tuesday, May 6, 2014: work on Poetry Packet
            Wednesday, May 7, 2014: work on Poetry Packet. Choose one of the three models and write a poem: I Don't Understand... Can You Imagine... Someday...
            Thursday, May 8, 2014: work on Poetry Packet
            Friday, May 9, 2014: Poetry Packet due
            PARENTS-VERY IMPORTANT!!!  Schedule for the NJASK 8 standardized tests:      Monday (April 28th) through Thursday (May 1st).
            Please ensure that your child gets a good night's rest and eats breakfast everyday of testing.
            Monday, April 28, 2014: No class. NJASK
            Tuesday, April 29, 2014: No class. NJASK
            Wednesday, April 30, 2014: No class. NJASK
            Thursday, May 1, 2014: No class. NJASK
            Friday, May 2, 2014: Working on scrapbooks.
            Monday, April 14, 2014: Complete classwork if not finished in class - Explanatory Prompt.
            Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
            Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
            Thursday, April 17, 2014: Half-day. No homework. Have a wonderful break.
            Monday, March 31, 2014: Copy Unit 10 vocabulary words, definitions, and parts of speech in notebook (if not finished in class).
            Tuesday, April 1, 2014: Vocabulary workbook pp. 103-131, Choosing the Right Word  (if not finished in class).
            Monday, March 17, 2014: ASK8 Prep workbook pp. 163. Write a persuasive essay identifying the most important invention of the twentieth century: television or computer.
            Tuesday, March 18, 2014:
            Wednesday, March 19, 2014:
            Thursday, March 20, 2014:
            Friday, March 21, 2014:
            Monday, March 10, 2014:  Write two-paragraph essay based on newspaper article. Address the issue whether the children should be returned to their parents.
            Tuesday, March 11, 2014: Write a summary for ONE of the topics that you researched today.
            Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
            Thursday, March 13, 2014:
            Friday, March 14, 2014:
            Monday, February 24, 2014: Finish three-paragraph essay: Why should students be required to read stories by Maya Angelou?
            Tuesday, February 25, 2014: No homework.
            Wednesday, February 26, 2014:
            Thursday, February 27, 2014: Study for vocabulary test Unit 7
            Friday, February 28, 2014: Complete four-paragraph essay (Eighth Grade Class Trip). Must be hand-written. Student's planning pages - that were worked on in class - must also be submitted.
            Monday, February 17, 2014: (1) Copy in notebook - words, parts of speech, definitions for Vocabulary Unit 7, p. 90 -92.  (2) Re-do homework from last Wednesday if it was completed incorrectly.
            Tuesday, February 18, 2014: (1) worksheet about comparing types of narratives - both sides!  (2) Take-home, open-book selection test on short story, Tears of Autumn.
            Wednesday, February 19, 2014: Finish worksheet for homework if it wasn't completed in class.
            Thursday, February 20, 2014:
            Friday, February 21, 2014:
            Monday, February 10, 2014: (1) Revise essay. (2) Study for vocabulary test - unit 6
            Tuesday, February 11,  2014: No homework.
            Wednesday, February 12, 2014: (1) Make chart of six irregular verbs. (2) Write two sentences for each verb including past and past participle forms.
            Thursday, February 13, 2014: Snow Day
            Friday, February 14, 2014:

            Monday, February 3, 2014:  Snow Day
            Tuesday, February 4, 2014:  worksheet page 42 - Vocabulary Warm-up.  Study for vocabulary test Unit 6 on Friday. Study for test on short story elements in literature textbook pages 232-236. Test date will be later on in the week.
            Wednesday, February 5, 2014: Snow Day
            Thursday, February 6, 2014: Teacher absent
            Friday, February 7, 2014: Vocabulary test postponed to next week
            Monday, January 27, 2014: Students took the multiple choice portion of their exam today. Each student received a copy of the three essays for tomorrow's section of the exam. Students should choose ONE essay and plan/organize their thoughts in preparation for tomorrow's second half of the exam.
            Tuesday, January 28, 2014: Study for tomorrow's exams.
            Wednesday, January 29, 2014: No homework.
            Thursday, January 30, 2014: Finish writing the definitions and parts of speech for Unit 6 vocabulary (in notebook).
            Friday, January 31, 2014: No homework.
             *Any work not completed during class must also be completed as homework.
            Monday, January 13, 2014: Packet pp. 44-47. Misspelled words/Personal Narrative
            Tuesday, January 14, 2014: Packet pp. 48-51. Observations Journal/Autobio. Essay
            Wednesday, January 15, 2014: Packet pp. 52-55. Compare/Contrast Text/Summary
            Thursday, January 16, 2014: Packet pp. 56-59. Setting/Character Traits. STUDY for Vocabulary Test Unit 5 tomorrow.
            Friday, January 17, 2014:
            Monday, Jan. 6, 2014:  Packet pp. 26-29. Author's purpose/Main ideas and details.
            Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014:  Packet pp. 30-33. Mood/author's style.
            Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014: Packet pp. 34-37. Comparing characters/root words.
            Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014: Packet pp. 38-43. Pronouns. Study Unit 5 vocabulary for test.
            Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: Take-home Selection Test "A Tell-Tale Heart"
            Monday, December 9, 2013: Vocabulary take-home test 4B.
            Tuesday, December 10, 2013: SNOW DAY
            Wednesday, December 11, 2013: Work on three-paragraph essay.
            Thursday, December 12, 2013: If not finished in class, complete essay.
            Friday, December 13, 2013:  No class due to Quiz Bowl. No HW.
            Monday, December 2, 2013:  Worksheet- choose the correct pronoun based on case.
            Tuesday, December 3, 2013: Write 5 sentences using demonstrative pronouns. Write 5 sentences using demonstrative adjectives.
            Wednesday, December 4, 2013: Complete vocabulary worksheet started in class.
            Thursday, December 5, 2013: 1) Study for vocabulary test Unit 4B.  2) Worksheet - relative pronouns.
            Friday, December 6, 2013: No HW.
             Monday, November 25, 2013: Worksheet - personal pronouns and case (nominative, objective, and possessive)
            Tuesday, November 26, 2013: Worksheet - twenty sentences. Circle the correct personal pronoun to complete the sentence.
            Wednesday, November 27, 2013:  Happy Thanksgiving 
             Monday, November 11, 2013: No Homework. Please note: Students need a scrapbook by Friday.
            Tuesday, November 12, 2013: No Homework. For students who were absent on Monday, write vocabulary definitions/parts of speech for Unit 4A (annul) in notebook. 
            Wednesday, November 13, 2013:
            Thursday, November 14, 2013:
            Friday, November 15, 2013: Students will work on their scrapbooks. They must complete two entries in class. If two entries are not completed in school, they must be completed for homework.
            Monday, November 4, 2013:  No Homework
            Tuesday, November 5, 2013: No Homework
            Wednesday, November 6: No Homework
            Thursday, November 7, 2013:  No School
            Friday, November 8, 2013: No School
             Monday, October 28, 2013:  (1) Finish writing prompt from class if not completed. (2) Finish vocabulary flash cards if not completed.  (3) Worksheet on complete sentences.
            Tuesday, October 29, 2013: Write one sentence for each vocabulary word.
            Wednesday, October 30, 2013:
            Thirsday, October 31, 2013:
            Friday, November 1, 2013:
            Monday, October 21, 2013:  (1) Selection Test about Old Ben and Fox Hunt  (2) Worksheets pp. 152 and 153
            Tuesday, October 22, 2013: worksheet/Author's Purpose
            Wednesday, October 23, 2013: No homework
            Thursday, October 24, 2013:
            Friday, October 25, 2013:
            Monday, October 14, 2013:  No school
            Tuesday, October 15, 2013:
            Wednesday, October 16, 2013:
            Thursday, October 17, 2013:
            Friday, October 18, 2013:
            Monday, October 7, 2013:  Write 5 analogies.
            Tuesday, October 8, 2013: Write a paragraph using seven idioms. Topic of the paragraph is student choice.
            Wednesday, October 9, 2013: Write sentences for vocabulary words.
            Thursday, October 10, 2013: Study for vocabulary test.
            Friday, October 11, 2013:  Vocabulary Test 2B.
             Monday, September 30, 2013: Complete any class work not finished (p. 52 Practice A & B. Page 53 write a new ending for A Retrieved Reformation in which Ben Price arrests Jimmy Valentine.) Selection Test including 10 multiple choice questions and B and C.
            Tuesday, October 1, 2013: Complete classwork if not finished (Reading Warm-up A and B). Write one sentence for each vocabulary word.
            Wednesday, October 2, 2013:
            Thursday, October 3, 2013:
            Friday, October 4, 2013:
             Monday, September 23, 2013: List five things you want to change about yourself/ five things you like about yourself.
            Tuesday, September 24, 2013: Write one sentence for each vocabulary word.
            Wednesday, September 25, 2013: Two worksheets-pronouns/antecedents
            Thursday, September 26, 2013: Two worksheets-Was justice served?/Study for vocabulary test Unit 1B (hover).
            Friday, September 27, 2013:
            Monday, September 16, 2013: (1) Worksheets Narrative Text: Main idea and Theme, Plot. (2) Begin reading, Raymond's Run, pp. 29- top of 33. (3) Finish classwork if you didn't finish it in class (vocabulary flash cards).
            Tuesday, September 17, 2013: (1) Worksheets Narrative Text Setting and Character
            Wednesday, september 18, 2013: (1) Worksheets Narrative Text Vocabulary
            Thursday, September 19, 2013: (1) Worksheets Narrative Text Literary Awareness and Dialogue. (2) Study for vocabulary test - Unit 1 (adage).
            Friday, September 20, 2013: 
            Monday, September 9, 2013: worksheets pp. 2-3, "Make Predictions"
            Tuesday, September 10, 2013: worksheets pp. 4-5, "Use Information to Solve..." 
            Wednesday, September 11, 2013: worksheets pp. 6-7, "Literary Analysis: Plot"
            Thursday, September 12, 2013: worksheets pp. 8-9, "Literary Analysis: Conflict..." 
            Friday, September 13, 2013: worksheets pp.10-11, "Literary Analysis: Comparing Narrative Structure"       
            Thursday, September 5, 2013: Have parent/guardian read and sign Classroom Policies. Bring signed form to class as first homework assignment.
            Friday, September 6, 2013: Continue working on summer reading. Cover textbook. Obtain three-subject notebook.

            About Reading 8 Resource Room Final Exam...

            posted Jun 4, 2013, 8:50 AM by Maureen Gordon

            The final exam for Resource Reading 8 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th.
            The final exam consists of a three-page reading passage, 25 comprehension questions, and one essay. It will test the reading and writing skills that students should have developed throughout the year. As such, students cannot study for it. 
            Students can prepare by getting a good night's sleep the night before the exam and eating breakfast in the morning.

            Homework for Reading 8 for week of May 13 to 17, 2013:

            posted May 13, 2013, 7:50 AM by Maureen Gordon

            Monday, May 13: If classwork was not finished, it must be completed for HW. Study for vocabulary Unit 9A test tomorrow.
            Tuesday, May 14: Study literary terms for test tomorrow.
            Wednesday, May 15:
            Thursday, May 16:
            Friday, May 1&:

            Homework for week of March 25th:

            posted Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM by Maureen Gordon   [ updated Mar 27, 2013, 11:46 AM ]

            Monday, March 25: In Act II, scene 1, identify three subplots. (Answer in notebook.)
            Tuesday, March 26: Answer 12 comprehension questions in complete sentences on white lined paper to be handed in. Staple to worksheet. CORRECTION: Third question should be What does Mrs. Frank ask Anne to do?
            Wednesday, March 27: Act II, Scene 3. Answer 10 comprehension questions in complete sentences on white line paper to be handed in. Staple to worksheet.
            Thursday, March 28: Happy holiday!
            Friday, March 29:  School closed

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