Literary and Poetic Terms (All Students):
Grades 9-12 will explore, understand and come to recognize through your reading various literary devices. The attached list contains all of the terms and their definitions you will be exposed to throughout your four years here at Notre Dame.
Glossary of Poetic Terms

Writing The Research Paper Guide for Junior/Senior Students:
This link offers you advice on how to start and begin the structure of your research paper. This link offers you advice on notecards, starting your introduction, MLA Citation information, and explains the overall design of research the essay itself.
MLA Formatting and Helping Guide for All Students
The following link below offers you a video on "how to" steps in regards to the MLA formatting of your paper. Issues such as embedding quotes and citing them properly, margins, heading, and the works cited page are included in the discussion.
Effective Quotation Helping Guide for 9-10th Grade Students
Students, this guide allows you to see effective and ineffective quote integration examples. This information will help you throughout the writing process in terms of embedding quotations.


ND English Teacher, Greg Beckman, Honored by University of Rochester
Greg Beckman received the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from the University of Rochester on May 16, 2015.  Mr. Beckman received the honor after being nominated by ND alumnus Lily Camp, ND Class of 2011, who is a student at the university.  Rochester students are invited to nominate high school teachers (with a short essay citing examples that demonstrate distinct and effective teaching methods in addition to a commitment to activities outside the classroom) that have significantly influenced them.  Rochester faculty members review nominations and make final selections.  Mr. Beckman is one of eight teachers receiving the award this year.  In addition to the award and travel expenses to Rochester for Mr. Beckman,  Notre Dame High School received a contribution of $2,500.00 in honor of his recognition.  The award has been bestowed since 2010 and is named after and made possible by Paul Singer, who is a Class of 1966 alumnus of the university.

Congratulations is in order!
Beth Moulton  participated in the Gilder Lehrman Seminar this summer and Sara Hinds spoke on "utilizing effective technology in the classroom" at the 2012 NCEA Convention in Boston

The MLA/NDHS Guide for Student Writing is in progress and should be effective late September. Parents, this guide will allow your child to see the progression of writing expectations throughout their years here at Notre Dame. The Guide will contain the following: rubrics, sample body paragraphs, sample introductions, conclusions, MLA works cited info., and sample college entrance essays. This site will act as an at home tutorial for students and we are highly excited about it.

Courses Offered

-English I
-Honors English I
-English II
-Honors English II
-English III
-Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
-English IV
-Advanced Placement Literature and Composition


During the first few weeks assessments will be taking places across the curriculum in regards to summer reading. Students please make certain you are annotating your texts and are prepared upon your return from summer. Reminder: Texts should not be pre-annotated by another student since your instructor may want to generate additional notes with you in class those first few weeks back.