Course Description:

This course is designed for students identified as gifted/talented in reading/ language arts. Our main topic of study the first quarter will be reading, discussing, and reflecting on a series of literary and informational texts including the novel "Frankenstein" related to the theme of "dangerous knowledge.” Students will write an argumentative essay using these texts as evidence at the end of the quarter. Other focuses will include grammar, on demand writing, and shared inquiry.


Major Instructional Goals:

  • Students will work individually and collectively to analyze and interpret a variety of texts.
  • Students will develop individual skills in research, questioning, literary discussion, responding to text, and writing.


REBELS Expectations:


        Ensure safety

        Be Responsible


        Lead by Example



Classroom Rules:

  • Respect others; keep hands, feet and other objects to yourself.
  • Be on time, prepared and on task when the bell rings.
  • Directions should be followed the first time they are given.


Missed Work:

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the homework assignments, notes & any other pertinent information that is missed during an absence. Additional time and full credit will be allowed for each day of a verifiable and excused absence.  



The District grading scale as applied to points earned by the end of a grading period is as follows: 

A = 100-92%, B = 91-83%, C = 82-74, D = 73-68%, F = 67% and below.


Grades will be taken for completing bell ringers/exit slips, reflective journal entries, daily assignments, quizzes, and essays.


Classroom Supplies:

Students are asked to provide a notebook (single subject or composition) and a folder.