English 10 Syllabus

Sophomore English Syllabus


The Sophomore English teachers have coordinated a syllabus which conforms to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Every assignment will incorporate one or more of the following goals:


1.     The student will react to text and personal experiences with varying perspectives.

2.     The student will inform through evaluation, examination, or research.

3.     The student will defend argumentative decisions.

4.     The student will interpret and evaluate.

5.     The student will understand world literature.

6.     The student will apply correct grammar and language usage.


Sophomore English is the study of world literature.  Selections from various cultures and countries will be read to ensure an understanding of the world around us.  Writing is an integral part of the curriculum.  We will implement writing with the use of “thinking maps”.  These maps ensure an orderly progression in writing.  It is our goal to help each student write in a clear concise manner that completely supports the chosen topic.  Vocabulary study broadens the student’s ability to communicate and allows him/her to do so effectively.  All classes have 20 words per week with analogies.  Standard students have 10 words due Wednesday and 10 due on Friday.  Honors have 20 words due on Friday. Grammar and vocabulary study will be done almost daily.


SUPPLIES:  Loose leaf notebook paper, #2 Pencils, Blue/Black Pen(s), Highlighter (any color), Index Cards, Kleenex, Black and White Marble Composition Notebook, 1 ½ inch Binder, Tab Dividers

            Label Tab Sections as follows:

·        Bell Activities (B.A.)

·        Daily Grammar Practice (D.G.P.)

·        Writing

·        Literature

·        Vocabulary


The following selections will be studied according to availability of materials.


·         Drama – A Doll’s House, Medea, Oedipus the King, Jewels of the Shrine, Julius Caesar

·         Novel – Night; Cry, The Beloved Country; Anthem; All Quiet on the Western Front

·         Short Stories – Selected

·         Videos – Fiddler on the Roof, Life is Beautiful, Cry, The Beloved Country

·         Research – Essays (Definition, Cause/Effect, Persuasive,) Letter of Intent, Graduation Project Topic


The method of grading is standard for ALL English classes.


Nine-Weeks Evaluation:

40% - Major Tests (at least 4) –

 (including formally handled papers)

10% - Journals

25% - Vocabulary Tests

25% - Classwork/Homework


Notebook checks will be apart of classwork/homework grade. They will be every two weeks. They will be on the following days: 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14


Final Evaluation:

       37.5% First nine weeks grade

       37.5% Second nine weeks grade

       25% Final exam



All assignments are due at the beginning of class.  The penalty for late work is one letter grade for each day that it is late.  The penalty for cheating on any assignment is an “F” and referral to an administrator.


Making Up Work

It is your responsibility to make up any missed work because of an absence.  There is a folder located in the front corner of the classroom with missing assignments.  You have 5 school days to make up your missed assignments to receive full credit.  After those 5 days, 15 points will be deducted each week.  No work will be accepted 5 school days after progress reports have been sent home.


I am available for conferences during 2nd period (10:05-11:35) and after school until 3:30.  If students need to makeup work or need extra help, I am available Wednesdays and Thursday from 3 to 4 and other days by appointment.


Classroom Expectations

1.      Please no talking while the teacher or other students are talking.

2.      Please be in assigned seat when the tardy bell rings.

3.      Please bring required supplies to class everyday. (English 10 text book, Voc. Book, Notebook, Pen/Pencil)

4.      Please NO PROFANITY, Rude Gestures, Bullying, Teasing, or Put Downs.

5.      Please follow all school and administrators directions.


Bathroom Privileges, etc.

You will not be allowed to leave class the first 45 minutes or the last 15 minutes of class.  You will only be allowed to go to the bathroom if it is an EMERGENCY.  You must have a pass with you in order to leave the classroom.


Attendance Policy

Attendance is an important part of success in the classroom. English 10 is a writing intensive course. A writing assignment is given daily/weekly; therefore, please make every effort to be in class each day, so you do not fail to keep up with the writing assignments.  Also, English 10 does have a state mandated End of Course (EOC) exam; therefore, it is not possible to be exempt from the English 10 exam.


Tardy Policy

From 8:00 until 8:10 you come to class and receive a tardy.

After 8:10 you must sign in at the front office in order to be admitted to class.

1st unexcused tardy to class – warning given and documented

2nd unexcused tardy to class – warning given and documented, parent contacted

3rd unexcused tardy to class – referral to an administrator 

Any tardy over 3 will be dealt with by an administrator and you will go to ISS.

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