ENGLISH 10 and AP Language

Welcome to my page!

I have taught at Wells High School for seventeen years! I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful school community and to be able to engage with students every day! 
I have been married for ten years and have two daughters, Jenna (8) and Leah (6). We live in Kennebunk, but spend a lot of time at our camp on Little Sebago. We enjoy boating, water skiing, hiking, and beach-going in the summer months and in the winter we enjoy skiing as a family and try to make the most of the cold weather! 

It is my pleasure to be your teacher and I look forward to a great year ahead! I currently teach three sections of English 10 and one section of AP Language and Composition. Below is a description of each course, but for more detailed information on daily assignments, calendars, and grades, please go to Jupiter Grades or Google Classroom.

 English 10 Course Overview:

This course focuses on close reading of literature. Students will analyze characterization, plot, conflict, and writing style in each novel. We will read a variety of novels: The Catcher in the Rye, The Kite Runner, Night, Animal Farm, and The House on Mango Street. 

Another focus will be reading Articles of the Week and analyzing the author's methods of argumentation as well as their tone and voice. 

Throughout the course students will write analytical essays, research essays, narrative essays, and argumentative essays. 

*Please see Jupiter Grades for an updated schedule of weekly assignments. To visit Jupiter Grades to see your student's grades, please click the link.

 AP Language and Composition Course Overview:

The AP Language and Composition Course, as the College Board website states, is designed to "align to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods."

Please expect your students to have nightly homework that will consist of reading and annotating. Also, students will write an essay each week. Each Monday students will receive a "Weekly Sheet" that details what we will accomplish in class and what is assigned for homework. AP Language and Composition is a rigorous course and students must maintain a certain pace in order to cover all of the material. This is a great course and truly prepares juniors and seniors for college! 

Exemplars of Journals
Reading List

*Please see Jupiter grades for an updated schedule of weekly assignments. To visit Jupiter Grades to see your student's grades, please click the link. Also, I use Google Classroom where students have access to the materials that they need for class. This site is student-centered and they can access it using their classroom code.

                   Please feel free to contact me at rmurphy@wocsd.org.


Wells High School Mission Statement:
"Our mission is to empower all students through individualized instruction to become literate critical 
thinkers and problem solvers committed to civic engagement".