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Melissa Espiritu (She/Her/Ella)

Melissa Espiritu (She/Her/Ella)

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Period 1 - English 10

Period 3 - English 10

Period 4 - English 10

Period 5 - English 9

Period 6 - English 9


Melissa Espiritu



Syllabus and Materials

Please click on the Course Titles below to access the Course Syllabus for each class.


Period 1: English 10

Period 2: Conference

Period 3: English 10

Period 4: English 10

Period 5: English 9

Period 6: English 9 



Students are expected to bring these items to class every day:

  • Composition Notebook
  • Post-It Notes
  • Charged Chromebook
  • Pen/Pencil

Grading Policies

Students will be graded based on mastery of 9th/10th grade Common Core standards on assessments and classwork.  All work will be graded on a 4-point scale. 





Advanced Understanding



A - 80.1-100%

Work exceeds targets. 


Highest quality work that demonstrates mastery of standard and meets all requirements of assignment.

Proficient Understanding



B - 60.1-80%

Work consistently meets targets.


Quality work that demonstrates understanding of the majority of the standard. May have some errors or miss some element of assignment.

Developing Understanding



C - 40.1-60%


Work nearly meets targets or meets simplified targets. 


Student work shows evidence approaching understanding of standard. Multiple errors are present. Multiple elements of assignment missing or misunderstood.

Limited Understanding



D - 20.1-40%

Work does not yet meet targets. 


Student work shows little or no evidence of understanding of standard. Assignment largely incomplete or misunderstood.

Insufficient Data



F - 1-20%

Insufficient data to determine mastery or 

Assignment missing.


Weighted Categories

Grades will be calculated based on the following weighted categories:


Classwork/Practice                     20%

Formative Assessments             25%

Summative Assessments           40%

Portfolio/Unit Reflections           15%



Late Work/Missing Work/Absent Work

All missing work, whether it is from an absence or simply not turned in, is due two weeks before the end of the quarter and may not be turned in past that grading period.


Todo el trabajo faltante, ya sea debido a una ausencia o simplemente no entregado, debe entregarse dos semanas antes del final del trimestre y no puede entregarse después de ese período de calificaciones.


Hello, my name is Melissa Espiritu.  I grew up in South East Los Angeles in the city of Huntington Park. I went to all LAUSD schools in the South East area and graduated from Bell High School.  From there I attended UCLA.  I got my teaching credential through the LAUSD District Intern Program.  


I have been teaching since 2001, with a short break from 2005-2007 to get my MA in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University.  I have worked at South Gate High School, South East High School, and Animo Pat Brown Charter High School.  I have taught all grade levels in English Language Arts, as well as Journalism and ERWC.  


I currently live in Montebello with my partner and our two kids.