Common Core Grade 10

2013-2014 Course Expectations

Course Description

How can the written language be changed according to context, audience, and purpose? In this course, students explore the evolution of language in fiction and nonfiction, assess rhetorical and narrative techniques, identify and refine claims and counterclaims, and ask and answer questions to aid research. Students also evaluate and employ vocabulary and comprehension strategies to understand figurative, connotative, technical, and content area-specific meanings of words and phrases.

Meet Your Instructor

I am Mrs. Jackson, and this is my first year with Provost Academy.  I am excited about this new opportunity to help students in the virtual classroom.  I will be teaching English Common Core Grades 9 and 10 and HSAP Prep for English/Language Arts. I live in Greenville, SC where I taught at Hillcrest HIgh for 10 years.  I taught English and led the theatre program while there.  I have two small girls, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, working out,  and consuming Starbucks and chocolate.

Important Information to Note

If you have a question, feel free to call/text. If I do not answer, leave a message and I’ll call you back by the end of the following day. If you email me during my work hours, more than likely you will hear from me that day. If you email when I’m not “working," you will most likely not get a response until the next day.

*Your writing assignments will usually be graded within 72 hours (not including weekends or holidays) of being submitted. Research papers may take one week. Please click here to view the school calendar!

Please note: When there is a holiday, you probably won't be able to reach me, and I may not be grading anything that day. Make sure you take a look at the calendar to know those dates.

Check your email daily!

I will be emailing you many, many times about several things:

  • Deadlines
  • Forum Posts
  • Important Information
  • Lesson Recordings/Seminar Information

Course Syllabus

Please view the class syllabus now. Click here.

Recordings and Seminars

There are recordings done by Mrs. Goforth or Mrs. Ackerman (other Grade 10 English teachers) for every lesson in your course. The recordings are intended to explain the information in the lessons in a different way to help you understand the content. Click here to access the Google Doc that contains the lesson recordings. Please use the recordings as you need them. If you are stuck on a lesson, check out the recording.

Seminar Recordings Google Doc:

Once a month, we will have a live seminar. I will email you information about the time and place of the seminar in advance so you can plan accordingly. These seminars will be very important for your to attend and will be counted as Extra Credit! Click here to access the Google Doc that contains the seminar recordings.

The Seminars will be in one of the following classrooms:

Mrs. Goforth’s Classroom:

Mrs. Ackerman’s Classroom:

The 1st and 3rd nine weeks seminars will be held in Mrs. Ackerman's classroom. The 2nd and 4th nine weeks seminars will be held in Mrs. Goforth's classroom. You will be reminded of this worries!

Course Breakdown

This course is broken up as follows:

  • 4 Total Parts
  • 3 Units in each Part:
  • 10 Lessons in Unit 1 and 2
  • 15 Lessons in Unit 3

Each Unit Ends with an exam--resulting in 3 exams per Part

Deadlines and Pacing

Traditional Schedule

Part 1: Due October 21st

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 2: Due January 14th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 3: Due March 24th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 4: Due June 4th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

*Block Schedule

Part 1 and Part 2: Due January 14th

  • 2-4 Lessons/Day or 10 per Week

Part 3 and Part 4: Due June 4th

  • 2-4 Lessons/Day or 10 per Week

*If you are on block schedule, you are completing double the coursework in half the time. It is IMPERATIVE that you do not get behind!

Plagiarism Policy and Honor Code

It is important that all written work that you submit is 100% yours. You may not paraphrase or copy anyone else's work unless you give them credit for it. Please understand that plagiarism is something that will not be tolerated. Please view the PASC plagiarism policy by clicking here. Submit this form showing that you agree to abide by this policy.

PASC Honor Code 2013-14

Students enrolled in Provost Academy South Carolina are expected to complete their own work. Any actions from students that in any way interfere with delivery of instruction or threaten the integrity of the school will not be tolerated. If more than one violation occurs during any course, the student can be removed from the course and receive a failing grade. Instructional staff is required to document and contact the student, parent, and Advisor of any honor code violation.

Important--Netiquette Rules

***Remember—You must always show respect for your instructor and your classmates on Edmodo and anywhere else in the class. Edmodo is a tool we use to connect as classmates and friends so that we can have appropriate, beneficial, and educational discussions. Failure to adhere to appropriate behavior will result in your inability to access posts, forums, or discussions for the remainder of the year.**


We have a class Edmodo page!Code to Join: o62vyj (everyone is expected to join)Edmodo is a great way for us to “connect” as a class.We use Edmodo for the following:· Group Discussion/Forums (we will have at least 1 per week)· Classroom Posts· News/Help Forums· Resources—oh my the resources you will find on there!· Extra Credit Assignments· Question/Answer sessions—for when that one lesson is just bugging us allPlease click below to join now!

Scavenger Hunt Clue #3

Go to edmodo for the next clue. Haven't joined? No big deal. Click on the join link below. I will have to approve the join request.