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Hello! My name is Will Shelton, and I'm excited to begin my fourth year of teaching (my second here at Central). I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees respectively in English literature. My research interests specialize in the long 19th century, specifically in the Romantic period from 1789-1837, with ancillary studies conducted in the Early Modern Renaissance and Greco-Roman periods. I also like tea!
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English I/II Syllabus



Academic standards, chosen by the Tennessee State Board of Education, provide a common set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of a specific grade or course.  Local school districts determine the order in which these state-mandated standards are addressed in their schools.  For a breakdown of standard pacing and course objectives for English I students in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System, please visit the Curriculum Navigator on the CMCSS homepage found at:


It is the policy of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System to follow the dictates of state statues in the selection and use of all instructional materials.  Parents or legal guardians may request to review any instructional materials used in the classroom of the parent or legal guardian’s child following the guideline set forth in Instructional Policy INS-A073 found at:


The chart below outlines the units of study for English I/II and possible major assignments or field trips that could be used to enhance student learning or solidify mastery of standards in each unit.  This chart is not inclusive of every assignment for English I/II, as additional or different assignments may be created based on the needs of students.  Specific details for major assignments will be shared with students and parents or legal guardians as the standards related to the assignments are addressed in class.




Topic/Major Texts

Possible Major Assignments

Possible Field Trips


Introductory Level of Literacy Standards

·       English I: The Odyssey

·       English II: Anthem and 1984

Narrative essay

Benchmark exam

Nashville Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TBA)


Intermediate Level of Literacy Standards

·       English I: Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

·       English II: Merchant of Venice

Informative essay

Midterm exam



Proficiency Level of Literacy Standards

·       English I: Animal Farm and
The Book Thief

·       English II: To Kill A Mockingbird

Argumentative essay

Benchmark exam



Extended Proficiency Level of Literacy Standards

·       English I: The Book Thief (cont.)

·       English II: Call of the Wild

End of Course exams


The "BP" Rules and Expectations:

  1. Be placed in your seat when the bell rings.
  2. Be prepared for and participatory in class.
  3. Be polite to and mindful of your school, your fellow peers, your faculty, and your facilities.
  4. Be purposeful in your word choice (i.e., engaging in intellectually stimulating verbiage... without swearing).
  5. Be phoneless. Per the Student Code of Conduct, phones are to be turned off and put away, or they're mine.