•             This year, we will be covering a wide range of content, as this course is Early American Literature.  As a class, some novels and plays we will be reading include, but are not limited to, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden.  In addition, we will be going over numerous poems and short stories, as contained in our textbook, Elements of Literature, Fifth Course.  This yellow-bound volume should become a regular staple at home, as class time is short and we will need to read at home to stay on task as the year progresses. 

                If at any time your student feels he needs extra help in any aspect of the curriculum, there will be after school extra help offered by myself on a case-by-case basis.  For example, if your student feels he needs help, it will be his responsibility to ask me.  If a group of students need help before or after school, then I will schedule a day to meet and go over the information again. Also, don't forget that I am always available during Transition and Lunch in my room, 1400.

    One of the most important elements of my philosophy of education is that the students need to have accountability for their actions.  With this in mind, I place a large part of the responsibility on the students to help them grow as learners; if a child is not challenged, then he is never going to grow.  It is my mission as a teacher to make the classroom environment as challenging as possible.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at russonielloj@middletownk12.org or call the school at 732-706-6061 and leave a message.  All meetings will be taken care of in this fashion.