Language Arts

These first two weeks we will be focusing on class procedures and familiarize you with the expectations of the class and my style as a teacher. Please refer to the supply list and try to have everything ready by next week. Items such as hand sanitizer and Kleenex are very nice to have, but not requirements.

We will visit the Information Center on Friday to begin the reading competition that will be ongoing this school year.


Language Arts

 Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME to Discovery School!

Thank you for your confidence in trusting the teaching of your children in our hands.

The syllabus below is designed to give you a brief overview on different components of the Language Arts class. The goal is for each student to obtain mastery of each and every content standard for students in Language Arts for grade 12:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking, resolving issues of complex content or wording consulting references as needed.
  • Demonstrate command of standard English grammar:
    • Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
    • Observing hyphenation and apostrophes usage.
  • Apply knowledge of the language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening:
    • Apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content:
    • Using context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
    • Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech.
    • Consult general or specific material, both print or digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings:
    • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., metaphor, simile, hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in context.
    • Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with a similar definition.
  • Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level.

Class dynamics will include research, projects, oral presentations, reading of assigned material, class work, and oral or written tests. Neatness and order will be expected at all times.


It is the responsibility of the student to replenish all the work that has been assigned in his absence and to deliver them in the stipulated time, except for the following reasons:

  1. If a student misses one or two days, he/she must submit a written excuse at home to replenish the work that he was unable to do.
  2. If a student is absent three days or more, he/she must submit a medical excuse to replenish the work that he could not do.
  3. If the student presents the appropriate excuse, he will have one day for each day lost to replenish the work he was unable to do.
  4. If the student does not present his / her work in the stipulated time, it will not receive a grade.
  5. If your absence is planned in advance, the assignments that must be submitted for the day of departure must be submitted earlier.


  1. Attend class every day. Absences must be justified and documented.
  2. Students must come prepared to class, this includes bringing all necessary materials.
  3. All assignments must be submitted by the date indicated.
  4. Students must show respect and consideration to others at all times.


  1. Notebook
  2. Pencil & eraser
  3. Pens                                                                                                                                        

* Colors and markers

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Palacios

Secondary Assistant Principal

(504) 2221-7790 ext 148

(504) 9561-1434

Pia Girbal

*Substitute Teacher



Brit Lit. Week of September 19 – 23, 2016

Monday, September 19 — We will take the Beowulf  muliple choice test that was postponed from last Tuesday for your college visit.  The books will also be collected that day.  Remember that the test is open-book, open-note, use-your-pd and book, so come prepared!

Tuesday, September 20 — We begin with The Canterbury Tales, introductory lectures.  Take notes! (You get to use them later).  We will also assign dates for your presentations-projects.

Wednesday, September 21 — You will turn in your second Vocabulary assignment.  We will probably have a short review of English language syntax (of the modern variety).  We will work on prepositions a bit, but don’t worry, not even North Americans agree on them or get them right.

Thursday, September 22 — Canterbury Tales, The General Prologue

Friday, September 23 — CT, General Prologue and beyond.  No homework for the weekend, but I would be pleased if you continue to read in CT!!!!