The English Department

Mrs. Heather Gifford           Ms. Gina Despres

Ms. Gina DespresMrs. Heather Gifford


Mr. Sergio Pedrosa             Ms. Toni Weeden

Mr. Sergio Pedrosa

Ms. Toni J. Weeden


Welcome to the English Page

Curriculum is aligned to the Common Core as part of the Federal government’s Race to the Top Program. Curriculum continues to be reviewed and revised.

Extended Text

Grade 9

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • “Harrison Bergeron” by Ray Bradbury
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

Grade 10

  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

Grade 11

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Grade 12

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Use of Technology

The English Department utilizes a wide variety of technology in and outside of the classroom, including hybrid programs (a combination of digital and face-to-face instruction), instruction on the use and application of multiple software products, and a wide-range of Google Applications (including Google Classroom, websites, documents, etc.)

Guiding Principles

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

2016 Summer Required Reading List

The Old Colony English Department 2016 Summer Required Reading List is as follows:

Summer Reading List and Requirements 2016

Please be prepared for an assessment of the book on the second day of your first academic cycle.  The assessment for each grade level is the same and the assessment documents for each grade level are posted to this page.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Gina Despres, English Teacher at gdespres@oldcolony.us.

Old Colony graduates enter their post-secondary years with both standard and contemporary communications skills that will command respect through their personal and professional lives, unlike the more generalized preparation provided by many comprehensive high schools.

The department facilitates:

  • Proficiency in reading and writing skills
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Researching capabilities in accordance with the latest MLA and electronic documentation criteria
  • Oral presentation and public speaking experience
  • Literary exposure through classic and contemporary genres
  • MCAS preparation
  • Components for professional career and/or college portfolios
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