American Literature

Tefel Hall

Course Description

The primary focus of this course is American Literature.

In addition, we will cover the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. Major units include:

  • Essay Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Research
  • MLA Format
  • Poetry
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar


Grades are weighted as follows:

Classwork 50%
Quizzes 50%
Points Grade
90–100 A
80–89 B
70-79 C
60–69 D
0–59 F


I don't assign a lot of homework, but I do expect you to try your best in class. If you don't complete the classwork in class, then of course you're going to have to finish it for homework.

Tests / Quizzes

I rarely give tests, but I do assign a lot of quizzes.

Late Work

I accept late work until the last week of the grading period.


1 Raise your hand. Don't talk out of turn.
2 Treat others with courtesy.
3 No cell phones or other electronic devices!
  • Chromebooks are for classwork only.
4 No eating or drinking!
  • No food, gum, or candy.
  • No flavored drinks. (Water is okay.)
5 No computer games!
6 Stay in your seat.
7 Never throw anything. Clean up your own mess.
8 Don't leave before the bell.
9 Don't sit behind the teacher's desk.
10 Follow the teacher's instructions.


1 Gentle Reminder
2 Stern Warning / 5- Count
3 Seat Change / Assigned Seat
4 Parent Contact
5 Referral to the Office


Hall Passes


I am available for tutoring during lunch. Please make an appointment in advance.


The best way to contact me is through Gmail or Synergy.

Let's have a great year!