ELA I - English 9

Welcome to English 9, 2018-2019

Thank you for visiting my web page. My name is Jason Gielow and I have been a Starpoint teacher for seventeen years. I spent my first five years at Fricano Primary teaching second grade. My jump to the high school came after receiving my Master's in English Education 7-12 from Buffalo State. I currently teach only 9th grade English, but I have taught 9-12 during my twelve years here in the high school.

I have a wonderful family including my wife Renee and my three daughters Lydia, Ava, and Ella. My favorite hobbies include playing and watching hockey, fishing and watersports, and playing music. I grew up in the Wheatfield School District and I am thrilled to be working so close to my home and family. To dispel any rumors, Mr. Daugherty is my brother-in-law. He is a 9th grade math teacher and his room is right next to mine. We did not plan that, however we are both happy to call Starpoint our home!

My office hours are officially Monday and Thursday, but I usually stay tenth period Monday - Friday. I am also a Drama Club adviser and that is held during 10th period on Fridays. I encourage students to come to office hours for extra help or just quiet time to work on homework.

For the past ten years I have been the producer of Starpoint's High School Musical Club. We have produced the shows High School Musical, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Titanic, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom of the Opera, High School Musical 2, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins. This year's production is 42nd Street. This year's show will be March 7-9, 2019.

This web page is an additional source of information regarding class policies, activities, and homework for both students and parents. Please continue to look for new information and resources.

Course Syllabus

Office Hours are now Monday and Thursday with Tuesday as an alternate.

Drama Club will now meet on Friday 10th period

ENG 9 Information - Also found on the course syllabus:


Summer Reading - Book of choice. The Starpoint English Department has started a fREADom initiative, allowing some fREADom of choice as long as the books are appropriate for the student's reading level. Students will be held accountable for reading, and this will be assessed through journals and teacher/student conferences. One fREADom book must be completed over the summer. Some staff recommendations are linked to my teacher website. Select the fREADom tab at the top of this page.

I. Travels with Charley

II. Greek Mythology

III. Homeric Epics (The Odyssey and The Iliad)

IV. Short Stories: “The Most Dangerous Game,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Necklace,” “The Scarlet Ibis,” “The Interlopers,”

V. Anthem by Ayn Rand

ELA Module 9.1

VI. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

VII. Passages from: “St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” “Black Swan Green,” “Letters to a Young Poet”

ELA Module 9.2

VIII. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

IX. Poetry – “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain”

X. Passages from: “True Crime: The Roots of an American Obsession,” “How Bernard Madoff Did It,” and “The Wizard of Lies; Epilogue”


  • Covered Textbook (received after first 10 weeks)
  • Three Ring Binder (1” to 1.5”)
  • Ruled Paper, Pen, Pencil, and Highlighter
  • Post-it pads (many) 1.5" x 2" is preferred
  • A box of Kleenex to share is appreciated but not required


  1. Be on time to class with required materials.
  2. No personal electronic devices are permitted during my class time.
  3. Sit in your assigned seat.
  4. Complete homework assignments on time. Homework is collected and graded. Late homework will receive a 10% penalty. This penalty does not escalate. Once an assignment has been corrected and returned to students, no additional late papers will be accepted.
  5. Homework is assigned approximately 4 times a week. This includes written work, reading, and studying for tests and quizzes.
  6. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to see me upon returning to class for make-up work.
  7. If you are absent from class due to a music lesson, field trip, or a school appointment, you are still responsible for the homework the next day. You can obtain an assignment from me during my free periods, from my website, or from a reliable classmate.
  8. Cheating is not tolerated. A zero will be given for any work that reflects cheating or plagiarism, with no opportunity for making up the test/assignment.
  9. If you skip a class, a zero will be given for any test/assignment for that day. You will also be asked to attend my office hours to make up the absence.
  10. All work must be completed in legible pencil, or standard blue or black ink, on straight edged white lined paper. Some assignments may only be accepted when typed.
  11. No extra credit assignments will be given throughout the year. You must keep up with your assignments.


  • Students are expected to take a serious approach to their studies.
  • Effort is expected on all assignments.
  • Students are expected to be punctually present on a daily basis. NO EXCUSES!
  • Students are expected to take advantage of office hours for help. (Mon. & Thurs.)


Grades are posted to Parent Portal every two to three weeks. Grading for this course consists of seven categories including homework, writing, spelling/grammar, vocabulary, quizzes, unit tests, and attendance. Each category is weighed equally so there are many opportunities for success.

Attendance is a new category being used in the high school. Regular attendance and class participation are important for success in this course. There will be a daily participation grade of two points—one point for being present and on task, the second point for being prepared with necessary materials (a blue/black pen, paper, binder, books, etc.). For a typical five-day week, a student will have a 10-point assignment on the portal.

  • If a student has a legal absence, he or she will have up to a week to recover points through make-up work and staying during office hours if necessary.
  • If a student has an illegal absence, the student will receive 0 unrecoverable points for the missed class.
  • A student who puts his/her head down during class will also receive 0 unrecoverable points for the “missed” class.

This link will take you to my Musical Club Website.