Mary Helen Gallucci


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Hello! This is my first year teaching Literature at Mishawaka Catholic, and I'm delighted to be here! For the last seven years (five at Notre Dame), I have been in graduate school studying medieval literature, and teaching several college courses — particularly about Saints’ Lives. Prior to graduate school, I received my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Northwestern University (I play violin), and then taught grades 1-8 English in the Marshall Islands. I also have two kids, Beatrice (3) and Benedict (1), who are my world!

Each grade will be reading between 4 and 6 class novels this year, as well as short stories, poems, and individually-chosen books. We will be diving into plot, characterization, and symbolism while working on important study skills like summary and annotation.


Students must come to class each day with their copies of our book(s), prepared to contribute to discussion of the assigned reading and listen respectfully to their peers’ thoughts. A majority of their homework will be reading outside of class; this should be done with attention to detail and vocabulary.


Open-ended written assignments and presentations are graded based on consistent rubrics; late work loses 10% per school day. Students’ grades will be comprised of their assignments, quizzes/tests, and participation.

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