Language Arts

blessed trinity catholic school

Welcome to Language Arts

English & Literature, Middle School

Mr. di Georgio

email: digeorgio@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”

– St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice, p. 148

“The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness. It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path.”

– Pope Francis,  Lumen Fidei: Enciclica sulla Fede, § 25 


Sacred Heart Catholic School, 2003
Bishop John J. Snyder High School, 2007
B.A. in English Literature, University of North Florida, 2011
Honors B.A. in Philosophy with Thesis, University of North Florida, 2011
Minor Degree in Psychology, University of North Florida, 2011
M.A. in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2013
PhD (c) in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2018-9
Dissertation: A Phenomenology of Religious Conversion
Memberships: American Catholic Philosophical Association, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Society for Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy (SPEP), American Philosophical Association (APA)


Language Arts the Week of 16 April 2018:

6th: Final Accelerated Reader Quiz, Sentence Analogies, Poetry

7th: Final Accelerated Reader Quiz, Dangling Modifiers, Sentence Analogies

8th: Final Accelerated Reader Quiz, Q4 Composition Project, Poetry, Film Interpretation


Current LIT book studies:

6thWonder (2012 novel)

7th: Stargirl (2000 novel); Next: A Ring of Endless Light (1980 novel) or The Chocolate War (1974)

8thThe Lord of the Flies (1954 novel)



LIT Notice: There is no replacement for reading the texts in my middle school LIT courses. Reading summaries and shortcut guides are not appropriate.  If you want to use materials like these, you should understand that this is permissible only on a supplemental bassis. The assessments in LIT, especially the reading quizzes, are very straightforward, and if your student is regularly doing poorly on these quizzes, the most plausible explanation is that the student isn’t actually completing (or mindfully completing) the regular reading assignments. I am working with individual students who continue to struggle on these quizzes even though they have completed the reading. The best way to improve as a reader, though, is to read more, even if it does not come easy. Keep in mind the following tautology: READING is PRACTICE for READING.

“Extra Credit” Notice: Parents, please do not inquire about “extra credit” for your student.  I tell students this all the time in class — Q3 is harder than Q2, which was more difficult than Q1. I have to prepare every grade for the next step. Please be patient with your student as adjustments are made. I do not, and cannot, “wave a magic wand” to inflate scores artificially, since doing so would undermine the scientific validity of my assessment data. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy and my expectations. Please contact me if you have any questions about this policy.

Homework Notice: If you’re looking for detailed information about homework assignments, please check Schoology, which is always up to date. If an assignment is locked then I likely will not accept late submissions, unless there is a documented and warranted absence accounting for the late work. I do not remind students about late/missing work.


  1. Work hard. If we work hard in the classroom then there is less need for lots of homework.
  2. Do your own work. Unless an assignment is given as group work, all assignments should be completed independently and honestly. Parents should not complete assignments for students. Students should not use the internet as a shortcut to circumvent their own thought and effort. Plagiarism is a serious offense for which you will receive a 0 on the assignment, as well as a behavior sanction.
  3. Respect your peers, be responsible, and show care for yourself and your work.
  4. Come to class prepared. You need to come to class every day with your iPad charged. You also need paper, a pencil or pen, a folder or spiral notebook, your book (if we are studying a text), and any assignments that are due. We all have those days when we forget something, but if a student forgets something essential, then it will be noted in the teacher’s log. The 1st time the student will be allowed to return to his or her locker. The 2nd time he or she will receive a two point referral. The 3rd time will result in another referral and possibly a parent conference.
  5. Conduct: This year conduct will be recorded within Renweb, including referral points.
    1. Do not talk or socialize while the teacher is talking.
    2. Do not make excuses for not being prepared.
    3. Use time wisely! If I give you time to work on an assignment, use it!
    4. Address all teachers and classmates with respect.
  6. Homework: All assignments will be posted on the board in the classroom. You need to copy what is written on this board every day on which there is homework. You are also able to use the iPad to keep track of due dates. You can also use Schoology to keep up to date with assignments and due dates.

Note: Any infraction of these expectations will result in documentation thereof, in addition to a parent-guardian conference.

Classroom Rules:

1. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.

2. Respect your fellow student’s right to physical and emotional privacy.

3. Academic honesty must be maintained at all times.

4. Ask questions (and listen actively!)

5. Strive to be better every day.

Classroom Procedures:

1. If there is Bell Work, complete it immediately after entering the classroom.

2. You need not request permission to use the restroom. Please sign out and hurry back to class, whence you should sign back in.

3. Remain at your desk at the end of the period until the teacher dismisses the class.

4. Remain seated at your desk during class unless given permission to do otherwise.

5. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak during the class period. Do not shout out answers to questions.

6- 8 Language Arts Opportunity Sessions: Every Monday from 2:50 to 3:30 in Room 208. Students who already demonstrate understanding in the classroom should not attend. Please let me know by the Friday before if you plan to attend, You can also email me but please do so by Sunday afternoon. If you stay you’ll need transportation home at 3:30, or you’ll have to sign into Extended Day Care at your parents’ expense.