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Parent Information Night. Medford High School Mr. David Ambrose English 10: British Literature Thursday, September 19, 2013. Welcome, parents!. Thank you for coming this evening. Goals for tonight: To help you understand the work we will be doing throughout the school year.

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Parent information night

Parent Information Night

Medford High School

Mr. David Ambrose

English 10: British Literature

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Welcome parents
Welcome, parents!

  • Thank you for coming this evening.

  • Goals for tonight:

    • To help you understand the work we will be doing throughout the school year.

    • To explain my expectations for my students.

    • To share information about how you can support learning at home.

    • To answer any questions about the course syllabus.

A little about me
A Little About Me

  • 32 years old

  • 10th year teaching at Medford High School

  • English 11 Honors

  • English 10 Honors and English 10 Standard

  • Yearbook

  • Proud father to Ben and Charlotte (also students!)

  • UMass Amherst ’03, B.A. English and Journalism

  • UMass Amherst ’04, M.Ed.

About our student teacher ms stevens
About Our Student Teacher, Ms. Stevens

  • 24 years old; lives in Somerville; from Everett.

  • Graduate student at Lesley University

  • B.A. from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing

  • Was a permanent sub and taught a few of Mr. Ambrose’s classes last year.

  • Mock Trial Coach and Co-Advisor for the Gay Straight last year.

Curriculum goals
Curriculum Goals

  • To create a safe and comfortable learning environment for each student.

  • To provide each student the opportunity to express himself/herself in a variety of appropriate and creative ways.

  • To analyze and evaluate literature from various genres and time periods.

  • To foster a love and appreciation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

  • To prepare for standardized tests such as the MCAS and PSAT.

Common core curriculum
Common Core Curriculum

  • What is it?

  • How does it affect what we do?

  • A Greater Focus on Nonfiction

  • Reading of Literature

  • Reading of Informational Texts

  • Speaking and Listening

  • Writing

  • Language

School wide initiatives
School-wide Initiatives

  • Core Values

    • Collaboration

    • Engagement

    • Personalization

  • 21st Century Learning Expectations

    • Each is assessed by a school-wide rubric.

    • English – responsible for Communication Skills

  • Development of Common SMART Goals

    • Measurable for teachers, measurable for students

Grading policies
Grading Policies

  • Every student has the opportunity to succeed.

  • Quarterly grades will be determined by dividing total points earned over total possible points.

    • 5-30 point assignments: daily homework and classwork, participation

    • 50 point assignments: quizzes, essay rough drafts

    • 100 point assignments: projects, formal essays, tests

  • Printed grade reports are available upon request.

  • Digital grade reports are available via iParent.

Class information
Class Information

  • Literature

    • An overview of British literature

  • Standardized Test Preparation

    • PSAT (October 2013)

    • MCAS (Spring 2014)

  • Reading and Writing Workshop

    • Self-selected reading, nonfictional informational texts

  • Grammar

  • Vocabulary


  • An important focus for sophomore year

    • Graduation requirement

    • John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

  • Weekly preparation on Fridays

  • Weekly vocabulary and grammar

  • Focus on nonfiction informational texts


    • “MCAS”

    • “Test Items”

    • MCAS Question of the Day

  • A tip for MCAS success: read, read, read!

How to get involved
How to get Involved

  • Please bookmark the course website.


  • On the website, you will find the following:

    • Current and archived homework assignments

    • An e-mail link

    • Examples of student work

    • Links to help your child with homework

  • Follow me on Twitter - @misterambrose

  • Email me any time you like

Index cards
Index Cards

  • Your name and your child’s name

  • Have you been receiving e-mails?

  • Is there anything you want me to know so that I may be a better teacher for your child?

  • Is there anything you would like to share about your child’s personality, interests, or previous academic experiences?

Wrap up
Wrap Up

  • Writing Contests

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

    • Following first quarter report cards

    • 781.264.0881

    • [email protected]


  • Does anyone have any questions?

Thank you for coming
Thank you for coming!