Mr. J. Oviedo                                                                                                                                  Room A173

English III                                                                                                   



Course Description/Objectives:
English III is designed to teach students to communicate through the written and spoken word, as well as to analyze and appreciate a variety of literature: novels, poetry, speeches and informational articles. Students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills, learn to work collaboratively and expand their vocabulary while increasing written fluency stressing literary and expository writing.  


Students should come to class on time and pay attention. They should arrive prepared with their materials, obey class rules, complete homework and class assignments on time and perform to the best of their ability on all assignments. Students are required to take notes and keep an organized and chronological ordered binder (binders are graded).   Failure to meet expectations will reflect poorly on student’s class average.

Reading Materials:

Novel selections are announced prior to a lesson. I recommend students purchase the novel, if possible. 

            Possible Novels: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)


Materials Required: Students must bring the following materials to class on the 1st week of school: BINDER IS GRADED.

  • 1 1/2”  binder and a package of 5 dividers, plus notebook paper

  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters ( NO HAPPY-COLOR PENS - BLACK INK ONLY)

  • USB/Jump Drive (will announce in class when needed)


Grading Policy: The following ELA grading policy is used to calculate student averages.  


Essays/Exams/Projects                                        60%      (literary and expository essays, etc…)

            Quizzes/Daily Assign/Homework                         40%      (vocabulary, reading comprehension, journals, etc….)



Classroom Rules:

  • Be on time, seated, and READY TO WORK (with materials in hand) when the bell rings.

  • Respect ALL campus staff, your peers and environment. Be mindful of your language and conversations.

  • Respect YOURSELF – if you don’t like yourself and you don’t respect yourself, what are you telling others?



Make-up and Late Assignments: Students are allowed to make-up work missed due to any excused absence. Time is equal to a day for a day of absence. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about work missed during the absence.

Students are given a total of 3 days to turn in late work or missed assignments (at the deduction of 10 total points per day) as per district policy; thereafter, any late work will not be accepted.



BYOD (Bring Your Own Device):  This district initiative will be utilized in this classroom via a phase in approach. We will be using it once a week during the first 6 weeks and begin to incorporate it more regularly as the semester goes. One rule stands: ONLY during that time is it permissible for students to have their devices out. Policy that applies to electronic devices will be enforced at all other times (please refer to Student/Parent Handbook).



Email is the most convenient manner for parent/teacher communication. If you wish to email me my email address is . If emailing is not an option, I suggest, as a general rule, parents call their child’s teachers for a behavior/academic update once every 3 weeks and please sign up on Skyward so that you may have access to your child’s grades online (call PHS front office/271-1600 and ask for instructions to sign up).