POSSibilities English Course Overview

POSSibilities English: Mrs. Laurie Geckeler

Course Overview and Policies


Course Overview:

This year in English, students will sharpen their Language Arts Literacy skills and open their minds to literature.  The course concentrates on samples of British literature, including short stories, poetry, the infamous Shakespeare play “Macbeth”, and online articles.  We will also conduct research. In addition to reading, discussing, and analyzing texts, students will work on writing, listening, vocabulary, and speaking skills.  Course content is drawn from National Common Core Standards and the general education English curriculum at our school. Students' Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals will also be incorporated.  We will utilize technology to both access new knowledge and show acquired knowledge.

Students will utilize critical thinking skills. They will connect what they read to their own lives and to other things they have read. They will make inferences, compare and contrast, and find main ideas/themes. They will formulate claims based upon what they have read and use quotes from texts to support answers.  

Writing will be a large part of the course. It will be included in every unit. Students will write throughout the year for various audiences and in various modes. They will strengthen their use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. They will prewrite, draft, edit, revise, and publish their writing.

Vocabulary will be incorporated into each unit. Students will pre-view targeted words in upcoming readings and work with the words to increase comprehension and fluency. Students will have vocabulary homework, quizzes, and tests.

In order to be successful in the course, students will need to be actively involved in class, participate in discussions, work cooperatively in groups, complete homework, and study for quizzes and tests. Coursework will be modified according to students’ individual strengths and needs as outlined in their IEPs.

Grading Policy:

Students will earn grades each Marking Period based on a wide variety of work, including preparation, participation, quizzes, tests, projects, and oral presentations.  The unique strengths and needs of each student are kept in mind when grading. Grades are calculated using an online grading system, called Genesis, which families may view from home using the Parent Portal.  You can sign up for the Parent Portal through the Main Office at the high school. Students can earn an easy 100% for preparation by coming to class every day with their ID, planner, folder, and a pen or pencil.  Please provide your student with a folder and pen or pencil. Marking period grades are calculated using the following percentages: 25% for homework; 25% for quizzes/writing; 25% for tests/projects; 25% for classwork, preparation, and participation.


Homework and Absence Policies:

Students are required to record all homework assignments in the planners they are given.  Late work is accepted for up to two weeks. Five points will be deducted per day late. Students who are absent should ask for the work they missed as soon as they return to school.  Work will be set aside. Extra help is available.


Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at LGeckeler@nbtschools.org or leave me a voicemail at    (732) 289-3700 x74035 with any questions, concerns, or comments. Thank you!