Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

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English III


Marissa Pona


Phone Number

856-848-8299  x608

Course Website

Google Classroom Code Period 4 - e5ks6wm

Google Classroom Code Period 5- c7ter0q

Course Description

English III is an in-depth study of American literature and informational texts in thematic units. Literature is studied in depth from a literary, sociological, and historical perspective. All readings are tied to modern social issues. Grammar, mechanics, and usage are addressed as needed in student writing. Vocabulary focuses on SAT preparation and college and career readiness. The approach to writing focuses on critical analysis, argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative forms with emphasis on citing evidence and revising and editing.

Course Expectations


✳  All assignments should be handed in on time, or they will be subject to a penalty.

✳  Writings will be critiqued and edited, repeatedly, both by the writer and the writer’s peers before a final grade is given.

✳ Rubrics will always be available for writing assignments.

Grading Scale

A = 93 -100

B =  85-92

C =  73-84

D = 65-72

F =  0-64

Grade Categories

Primary Assessments (60%)

Examples- Native American Writing Projects

Multiple Choice Assessment

Essay Writing


Secondary Assessment (30 Percent) (30%)

Announced Content Quizzes

Group Literature Circle Portfolios

Support Assessments (10 Percent) 

Daily Journals

Daily Exercises

Article Quick Reads

Course Policies 

Retake Policy

✳ Students may only retake a PRIMARY ASSESSMENT.

✳ Essay tests can and should be revisited for an improved grade. In order to rewrite your essay, you must schedule a conference with me.

✳  Content based tests (multiple choice, etc.) can be analyzed and critiqued, with a retest of the skills, for an improved grade. You will not be able to re-answer questions!

✳ All retake requests must be made the same day a test is returned, and will require an in-depth analysis of your performance.

Homework Policy

✳   Students will get homework. Most homework will be reading. All assignments will be meaningful to studies and appropriate in length.

Per school mandates, this homework will never count as a grade.

✳  However, there will be assignments in class that relate directly to the homework.

✳   Students will find it difficult to succeed in this class without completing outside assignments.

Required and Recommended Materials 

✳  A composition notebook

✳ A folder

✳ A pen or pencil

✳ Your Chromebook

*  Any texts (as needed)


Office Hours

Tuesday-Thursday at 2:26 by appointment


Monday-Thursday before school by appointment

Need immediate help? Email me or call me anytime using the information listed above.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations 

Classroom Rules

✳   Please be respectful to both your classmates and the instructors in the room.

*I believe that every person has a right to an education. If at any time you become disruptive to the learning process you will be disciplined as per the guidelines in the student handbook.

✳ Participation is extremely important; this includes completing work, forming thoughtful opinions, working independently and with peers, and being respectful of everyone’s opinions at all times.

✳  If you have a “1” in Powerschool, the assignment may be made up. However, once that “1” becomes a “0” the assignment cannot be completed.

✳  If you are absent, you are responsible for completing any missed work (tests, quizzes, etc) and catching up on any notes and class work you missed. See the “While You Were Out” Board. Please do not interrupt the class’s time to ask me what you missed. If you need help catching up make an appointment to see me during office hours.

✳  Only one person may use the hall pass at a time. If the pass is not on the board, you may not leave the room unless it is an emergency. (Students with noted medical needs will always be allowed to leave the room).

✳ Lateness will be handled as per the guidelines in the student handbook.

Cell Phones and Technology Use

✳  Chromebooks will be used daily. They are required.

✳ Unless you are given permission, please do not wear headphones during class time.

✳  Cell phones: I expect you to use good judgement. I will not hesitate to ask you to put your technology away if it is interrupting your learning. As per school regulations, I will give 3 warnings about cell phone abuse. After the 4th violation you will be written up for insubordinations.