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Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School
English 10 Honors
Class Expectations and Requirements
Ms. De Anda
1. Class Overview:
Reading List—Major Works:
1. Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey
2. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner
3. Chris Bohjalian’s The Sandcastle Girls
4. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
5. U.S. Documents of historical and literary significance
6. Select poems and short stories from Prentice Hall textbook
7. A selected play by William Shakespeare
8. Select articles from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune
PORTFOLIOS – You are required to keep an English Portfolio. The English Portfolio will help you keep your work organized. The portfolio will also be a way for you to keep track of your work and reflect on your needs/successes. Follow ALL directions on the Portfolio Directions Sheet. DO NOT THROW AWAY ANY ENGLISH HOMEWORK, ASSIGNMENT, TEST, etc. YOU WILL NEED IT LATER ON!
1. Narrative/Descriptive Essay: 5-7 pages (Sensory Detail) – Focus on detailed writing.
2. Persuasive Paper: 5-7 pages. Focus on Argument and Counter Argument. Persuasive Thesis. Strong verbs. Use of rhetoric and elements of argumentation. –Essay must focus on analyzing themes on race and identity, gender, racism, human strive for utopian society, BIG BROTHER, privacy, etc.
3. Expository Essay: 5-7 pages
4. Explication (Poetry Unit): 4 pages
5. Persuasive Speech Writings: 2 pages (On Controversial Issues: Gay Rights, Immigration, Capital Punishment, Animal Cruelty, etc.) – One speech every other month.
6. Timed Writing: (At least once a month)- Prompts provided- 50 minute timed essay 3 pages: Structured Essay with strong Thesis, structure-topic sentences, support/detail.
7. Along with daily Analytical Notes, you will write weekly DQ-Summary/Analysis Cards. You will turn in 5x8 Index cards with a summary on one side and an analysis on the other side. Structured Analysis notes on readings and DQ cards WILL BE A BIG PART OF YOUR OVERALL GRADE for the entire year.
8. Daily Journal Writing: At least 8-10 sentences
9. Daily grammar using SENTENCE TREE to learn subject/verb agreement, tenses, run-on sentences, diction, syntax, vocabulary, descriptive/detailed writing focusing on sensory detail.
10. Practice identifying Appeals of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos when reading and incorporating it into your writing.
11. Practice using SOAPS (from SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) in persuasive writing.
1. Letter Writing Standards: Business Letters—Formal Letter Writing—Using Persuasion
2. Research Paper: 6-8 pages- Focus on Research – HOW TO RESEARCH- online databases, MLA FORMAT/CITATION.
3. Analysis Notes on readings and DQ/Summary Analysis cards.
4. Timed Writing: (At least once a month)- Prompts provided—50 minute Timed Essay
5. Daily Journal Writing- At least 8-10 sentences.
6. Daily grammar practice using SENTENCE TREE to learn subject/verb agreement, tenses, run-on sentences, diction, syntax, vocabulary, descriptive/detailed writing focusing on sensory detail.
7. Practice using SOAPS (from SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) in persuasive writing.
8. Practice identifying Appeals of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos when reading and incorporating it into your writing.
9. CollegeYES Project: You will work on a College and Career research project through the I3 grant. You will research and present on the college of your choice and how Stern MASS prepares you for college. The majority of this project will be worked on during Advisory though some time will be allotted during English class for you to work on it. This project will be technology based. *Topic might be subject to change.
10. End of the year practice AP Free-Response Questions: This will give you a slight idea as to what AP English Language will consist of in 11th grade.
1. Multiple Choice/Fill In Examinations (quizzes) per chapter/ACT on all required readings.
2. Unit Exams at the end of every unit.
3. Greek and Latin Roots/Vocabulary examinations as required (weekly or monthly).
4. Timed Writing Examinations: (At least once a month) – Prompts provided—50 minute Timed Essay 3 pages: Structured Essay with strong Thesis, structure-topic sentences, support/detail.
5. Additional Outside Reading –Pick one book that you really like—you need my approval—read the book throughout the year—you will have an in-class Essay Exam on your specific book in March. Your book must be 250+ pages long. Your book can be fiction or non-fiction. You must purchase this book and have it with you at ALL TIMES—I will give you in-class time to read your book on Fridays.
One goal for this class will be to master the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Every student will have the opportunity to achieve and excel as you improve your reading, writing, speaking, and study skills. More importantly, I want you to leave my class at the end of June with the knowledge and skills to THINK ON YOUR OWN, RESEARCH AND INQUIRE, ANALYZE PIECES OF INFORMATION AND COME UP WITH CONCLUSIONS/SOLUTIONS, AND ARTICULATE YOUR THOUGHTS/IDEAS WITH THE ART OF WRITING!
2. Required Materials: ALWAYS come to class with the following required materials:
A. Hardbound 3-ring binder (Your final grade will include a Portfolio grade. You must keep all your work).
B. 8.5” x 11” white college-ruled paper
C. Dividers- You need dividers to organize your portfolio.
D. Black, blue, and red pens (At least 10 pens in total) – NO PENCILS and NO “Clicky” Pens
E. Highlighters (At least 3 different colors) – This will be used for note taking and other assignments.
F. 5” x 8” Index Cards (5” x 8” index cards come in 100 packs. You will need all 100 index cards).
G. *****FLASH DRIVES***** It’s very important that you have a flash drive in high school for all classes.
H. Dry erase markers/white board markers –You need at least 2-3 of these for the entire year (preferably the skinny ones since the white boards are smaller).
*We will be using most of the required materials on a daily basis. It is important that you come to class everyday with the required materials. DO NOT COME IN EXPECTING TO BORROW ONE FROM THE TEACHER OR A PEER. This is an HONORS class, be prepared!
3. Reading and Movies- While most of the reading/movies for this class is approved for tenth grade level curriculum, some of the literature/film may contain graphic adult content and/or profanity. By signing this paper, you the parent are allowing your student to read/watch this material without any restrictions. If you have any questions/concerns about the selections, please contact me anytime. I will also mention this during our Meet and Greet the first week of school. /La mayor parte de las lecturas /películas de esta clase son aprobado para el grado 10, pero algunos de la literatura / cine pueden contener contenido para adultos gráfica y / o malas palabras. Con la firma de este documento, el padre está permitiendo que su hijo(a) lea / ver este material sin ninguna restricción. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta / preocupaciones acerca de las selecciones, por favor póngase en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento. También voy a hablar de esto durante la junta de “Meet and Greet” la primera semana de clases.
4. Classroom Procedures: Students are expected to abide by the Stern MASS honor code at all times (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Trust, Community, Caring). Honor code violations will be addressed by the teacher as appropriate and may involve a student-teacher conference, phone call home, or referral to administration.
5. School and Class Rules:
A. Wear your Stern MASS uniform at all times.
B. NO CELL PHONES, iPods, or any other electronic devices allowed. Your cell phones and iPods must be completely turned off during school hours. If teachers SEE or HEAR your phones and electronic devices, we will confiscate them. Once confiscated, only parents are allowed to sign out the cell phones at the administration office.
C. Please use appropriate language in class at all times. Be respectful and courteous to everyone in our class. *Treat others the way you want to be treated*
D. No food or drinks in the class (bottled water is fine). We want to keep our classroom clean and neat at all times! NO GUM CHEWING ALLOWED.
It is essential that you complete all assignments in this class. Grades will reflect your ability to demonstrate proficiency on standards. Summative assessments will be the primary way through which you demonstrate your progress in mastering these Common Core Standards. They will come in various forms, including: debates/speeches, research papers and essays, on-demand writing tasks, multiple choice tests and quizzes, short answer tests, and oral tests/interviews.
Your academic achievement (how well you do on summative assessments) will be tracked separately from your participation, behavior, group work, and work completion, to give us both a clear sense of your individual strengths and challenges. All assignments will be graded on a four point scale.
A: 4.0-3.4 B: 3.39-2.70 C 2.69-2.00 NP: 0-1.99
My office hours are on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm (Office hours might change on occasion, but if so, a note will be posted on my door in advance). Please come by if you need any additional help because I am usually on campus after school.
Class Website: TO BE SHARED AT A LATER DATE
Parents can email me through the school website at WWW.STERNMASS.ORG. Parents and Students can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage all Stern MASS parents to visit our classroom. I am in ROOM 206. I am available after school everyday (unless there is a Debate Tournament on Fridays, then I will not be present as I am a Debate Coach). I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. GO TITANS!! /Los padres me pueden enviarme correo electronico a través de la página web de la escuela en WWW.STERNMASS.ORG. Los padres y los estudiantes me pueden enviar directamente a email@example.com. Animo a todos los padres que visiten a nuestro salón de clases. Estoy en la habitación 206. Estoy a su disposición después de la escuela todos los días (a menos que haya un Torneo de Debate los viernes, entonces no voy a estar presente ya que soy un entrenador de Debate). Espero poder conocer y trabajar con todos ustedes.
Sign and return the bottom half of this sheet by Thursday, August 8, 2013!
English 10 Honors
Class Expectations and Requirements
Ms. De Anda
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