Rules and Expectations

English 9A

Course Outline

Literary Works

We will be reading many works this year. Night, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, Go Ask Alice and The Chocolate War are just some of the works you can anticipate reading. My goal is to read about two works of literature per marking period. In addition to the major works, we will read a selection of short stories and poetry.

Writing Assignments

Students will be expected to complete a minimum of three essays per marking period. Many of these essays will be literature based, however, by the end of the year, each student will have had exposure to each of the four Regents essays. There will also be various writing projects throughout the year. In addition to this, each student is required to write during the do now and the summary segments of class.


Vocabulary will be derived both from the literary works we are studying as well as from SAT lists. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary words by using them in written expression. Prefixes and suffixes will also be studied. Tests will be given several times during the marking period.


Homework will be assigned three to four times a week. If you do not have your homework in class the day it is due, you will receive a 0. Homework is typically checked during the do now segment of class.

Requirements and Rules

  1. Please arrive to class on time and ready to work. You should be in your seat when the bell rings. The first thing you should do is open your book and begin working on the do now question. When you are done with the do now, please write your homework down.
  2. Please bring all materials to class. When asked to bring your books, you should have them with you when you come. You will not be allowed to go to your locker to get books.
  3. When handing in work, please make sure that you have written legibly and that you have used either blue or black ink.
  4. When typing your work, please make sure that you use font 12 and double space. Also make sure that your margins are normal sized.
  5. Please know that I check websites extensively when literature based essay questions are collected. Anyone who copies any information off of any web site will receive an F and be required to redo the assignment for a grade. The F will be averaged into your final average.
  6. The same rule applies to any students who are found to have unnaturally similar information in their work. In other words, it will be quite obvious that information was shared in some way. Saying that something was done “together” will not change the F or the phone call home. All work must be original.
  7. All work must be handed in on time. This means that work must be in the room – not in your locker – the day it is due. You will not be allowed to get work from your locker. All late work will have 10 points deducted per day.
  8. Please make sure that you have ink, paper, a monitor, and a functional keyboard when an assignment that must be typed is due. In the event that your computer really does break down, there are computers in the school that are available for you to use. If for some strange reason you cannot access a school computer, please hand write the work until the problem is rectified and you can bring in the typed piece. If this is not done, points will be deducted.
  9. The 10/10 Bathroom Rule: No two people can be out of the room at the same time. No one may leave the room the first ten minutes or the last ten minutes of class. Generally, no more than one or two people may leave the room for the bathroom in one day. Keep this in mind!!

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Men are respectable only as they respect.

Mrs. Caputo: People are respectable only as they respect.

This is my biggest rule!! I want respect, so I will give you respect. I expect that every person has the same desire. Please respect me as well as each other. My classroom will NEVER be uncomfortable for anyone.