Honors English 10 Syllabus
Mrs. Shantazio: Room 108 - 2014-2015 School Year
Course Description and Objectives
This course will focus primarily on early American literature from 1600-1900. In this class, you will read short stories and novels, autobiographies and other types of nonfiction, poems, and plays. The works come from a broad range of time periods and cultures. As you read and analyze literature, you will become more skilled interpreters of literature and of the world around you.
In addition to reading, you will be writing expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive essays, as well as literary analysis essays, original poems, short stories, and journals. In your journals, you will have the opportunity to express yourself informally; your journals will serve as a record of you growth as writers and thinkers over the course of your sophomore year. We will not, of course, neglect grammar and vocabulary development.
1. Learn different styles of writing, and create original compositions.
2. Demonstrate a mastery of the ability to clarify and organize thoughts.
3. Exhibit a mastery of paragraph structure.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of language terminology and application of concepts of proper grammar usage.
5. Learn strategies to analyze and interpret various types of reading materials.
6. Improve vocabulary.
7. Recognize different writing styles in literature.
8. Determine literary elements in literature.
9.Demonstrate listening skills during lectures and within cooperative learning groups.
10. Identify main ideas from nonfiction texts.
11. Examine and create oral, written, and visual presentations.
12. Demonstrate proficiency in all parts of the research process.
13. Obtain life-long study skills.
14. Use the library, computer lab, and other technological resources.
15. Hone critical thinking skills, and learn HOW to think- not WHAT to think.
1. Show respect to me, to your peers, and to yourself.
2. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
3. Be on time; be prepared.
4. DO YOUR BEST!
Required Course Reading: Quarters One and Three
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
By: Thomas Foster
( Required Summer Reading)
By: Sharon Draper
Twelve Years a Slave
by: Solomon Northrup
Required Course Reading: Quarters Two and Four
Homework = 10%
Daily Work= 30 %
Tests/Quizzes/Essays/ Projects= 60%
* EQT's and/or EOC's count as 20% of a student's final quarter average per county requirements.
Attendance and Tardies: I follow the D.H.S. Attendance Policy. See the student handbook for details.
Make-Up Work: I follow the D.H.S. make-up work policy. See the student handbook for details. Students are responsible for getting any make-up work from me. If students miss a test, they MUST schedule an appointment with me within two days of their return to school. If students are absent on the day a major assignment is due, they are expected to turn in that assignment on the day that they return to school (the absence must be excused for me to accept the assignment). If a student fails to turn in the required assignment upon his/her return to school, he/she will receive a zero.
Papers and Projects: All students are required to submit their essays to turnitin.com in order to ensure academic integrity. If a student plagiarizes his/her paper, he/she will receive a zero on the assignment. It is imperative that students turn in major papers and projects on the assigned due date. If a student does not turn in the assignment on the due date, he/she will receive a zero. Students must submit each assigned essay to turnitin.com, and they must also submit a hard copy by the due date in order for the assignment to be considered on time. If they fail to comply with one or both of these requirements, they will receive a zero on the assignment. This is the policy of the D.H.S. English Department.
Don't Let Your Dog Eat Your Homework!
Parent/ Student Agreement
STUDENT: I certify that I, ____________________________, have read the above information and understand the course requirements. I agree to comply to with the rules and regulations set forth. I also understand that Mrs. Shantazio may change and amend course requirements as necessary throughout the semester.
PARENT: I certify that I, _____________________________, have read the above information and understand the course requirements. My understand that my child will be responsible for following the rules and regulations set forth. I also understand that Mrs. Shantazio may change and amend course requirements as necessary throughout the semester.