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 All of my students should expect a challenging and enlightening year of literary study. Students will have nightly reading assignments as well as daily in-class discussions and writing prompts. Students are expected to be on time to class, respectful, and ready to participate. Please consult the syllabus I hand out the first day of school for more detailed classroom expectations.


Period     Class
A Honors English 11

AP English Literature & Composition


Honors English 11

F AP English Literature & Composition
H Honors English 11

*all of my classes are in room 208



This is my 13th year as an English teacher at LHS, and I have taught all levels and grades. I have a bachelor's degree in English from UAlbany and a master's in English Education from Union College. I live in Goffstown with my husband and two sons. I co-advise the LHS Dance Team with Melissa Hoffman and the LHS International Club with Donna Chisholm.



432-6941 ext. 2768 or (email is the fastest way to contact me since I am in classes most of the day)



Some of the books we will be reading:

College Prep English 11 & Honors English 11- A Raisin in the Sun, The Crucible, Out of the Dust, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, October Sky, The Things They Carried, The Fault in Our Stars...(please see "topics of study English 11" in the documents tab for a more detailed chart of the curriculum)

AP English Literature- Crime and Punishment, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, All the King's Men, Beloved, 1984, The Kite Runner...



I update X2 regularly, but parents and students should feel free to contact me if they have any questions regarding grades.



Honors English 11

Note: My Junior English classes will be implementing select features of Google Apps for Education this year. Please visit the Google Apps for Education site for more information and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We will also stay connected outside the classroom with Edmodo.

AP English Literature


CP English 11 & Honors English 11:In the context of the fall semester, students will satisfactorily complete (with a grade of D- or higher) two of the competencies listed below. In the spring semester, students will satisfactorily complete (with a grade of D- or higher) the remaining two competencies.






Competency  # 1




Students will be able to show sufficient growth of their writing skills to analyze the meaning of various works of American literature.



Essay response to a prompt regarding American literary work(s) in the context of an essay test.


Junior Essay Scoring Rubric (see appendix)

Competency  # 2


Students will be able to “use a variety of technological and informational research to gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate discoveries in” ethical “ways that suit their purpose and audience” (NCTE).



Assessment Options (see appendix):

  • The Crucible Introductory Web-Quest
  • Colonial Info Search
  • Kate Chopin Introductory Research
  • The Great Gatsby Introductory Web-Quest



School-Wide Rubric Specified for Course Competency (see appendix)

Competency  # 3


Students will be able to use the writing process to compose a literary based thesis paper that utilizes correct MLA format including citation, as well as the 5 Traits of Writing.



Assessment: Literature-based thesis paper



5 Traits- Research Thesis Rubric (see appendix)

Competency  # 4


Students will apply a wide range of literacy strategies to comprehend, interpret, analyze, evaluate, and appreciate texts, connecting what has been read (plot, ideas, concepts) to prior knowledge, other texts, or the broader world of ideas.



Essay response to a prompt in the context of an essay in which the student independently deconstructs a new piece of literature connected to American literary works. 

Junior Essay Scoring Rubric (see appendix)


AP English Literature:

As we progress through the school year, these assessments will be periodically administered. You will hear much more about them prior to their occurrence. Briefly, the competencies in this class will assess your ability to write essays of literary critical analysis (one for short fiction, one for the novel, and one for poetry) and to write essays of personal reflection.  The personal reflection essay will be assessed from the autobiography that will be an ongoing project.

AP English Literature is designed for seniors who plan on entering a four year academic program after high school.  Those who take this course are urged to take the AP English Literature and Composition Test in May.  Students who are successful in this class should be adequately prepared to do well on this test.  Many colleges will award up to two English credits to students who achieve a score of three or higher.

Because this is essentially a course for college credit, the expectations are high.  Students may have to make sacrifices to get grades which previously came to them without much effort.


Perrine’s Literature:   Structure, Sound and Sense, 8th edition

Barron’s AP English Literature and Composition, 4th edition

Some of the works we will be reading in addition to our short fiction “boot camp” & poetry units:

 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 Beloved by Toni Morrison

 Othello by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams


Month / Book Title or Unit Competency
Sept / October Sky #1 Essay
Oct / The Crucible #2 webquest
Nov / The Things They Carried  
Dec / The Fault in Our Stars  

Jan / A Raisin in the Sun (prior to exams) &

A Farewell to Arms (after exams)

Feb / Death of a Salesman  
March / Independent Reading &  Research Paper #3 Research Paper
April / The Great Gatsby #4 Essay
May/ Realism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism  
June / Feminist authors & overview of early American Lit.  



The LHS Dance Team was created to promote school spirit and to highlight all the great
dancers we have at our school.


 Michelle Wooding & Melissa Hoffman


Practices are usually held in the cafeteria from 2:15 to 3:15 as well as on
occasional Sundays at a local dance studio. We generally meet once or twice a
week before the Fall, Winter and Spring pep rallies. Once we have learned our
routines, we only meet the week before an event.


Please follow the rules in our student handbook (you must be passing 5 courses in
order to maintain eligibility)

We perform at all three pep rallies, a Make a Wish benefit, and an occasional
invitational or competition.

Tryouts will be held the second week of school. We will have the date shared on
the announcements as well as on school bulletin boards throughout the building.
Our routines are generally a combination of contemporary and modern.

Please email Mrs. Wooding at if you have any
questions or stop by room 208.