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Suspenseful American Literature 

Strengthening reading skills through a literacy workshop

Monday-Friday 10:55 am - 11:45 am


Course / Content Area:

In this class, students will be expected to increase their literacy levels by reading out loud, learning about comprehension strategies, learning how to determine the meaning of unknown words by analysing their roots, prefixes and suffixes. One of the most important ways to get students engage in more reading is to assign texts that are riveting, interesting, and at their skill level. Suspense literature provides all kinds of thrills, and intrinsically motivates young readers to keep reading! Reluctant readers will experience the rush of a god page-turner! 

At the end of this class, students will:

  • be able to:

-Read with accuracy and fluency 

-Summarize the contents of at least 3 novels

-Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis 

-Determine the meaning of words, both connotative and figurative 

  • understand… the importance the author’s craft in producing a desired effect by manipulating time, and space and the reader’s emotions.


  1. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  3. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson 
  4. A Good Man is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor



General Rules:

The class will be expected to maintain appropriate behavior with regard to respecting themselves, their peers, their superiors as well as their classroom. Failure to be respectful will result in a discipline referral and/or detention. 

Smart Phone use is not allowed in class UNLESS the teacher specifically asks students to use it for class purposes. 

Laptops must be signed out on the chart on the cart. 

Grading Policies:

  • Daily participation 10%
  • Formative exercises and activities 40%
  • Summative assignments 30%
  • Midterm/Finals 20%
  • Extra Credit points will be given each day for handing in smart phones to the charging station. 


Marianne St-Laurent

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