English 10

Ms. Scislowicz

Room 226



English 10

Course Description:

This course focuses on reading and writing for various purposes, English usage and mechanics, vocabulary development, and is designed to meet all state requirements for the curriculum.  Students will read a variety of texts, including a novel, drama, essays, poems, and short stories.  Students will gain experience in various types of writing.

Course Activities:

Testing will take place at the end of various units.

Quizzes will take place after reading various pieces of literature.

Homework will be assigned, on average, 3 to 4 times a week.

There will be several large essays assigned, including a research paper

Participation is expected in all classroom activities.

Required materials: College rule notebook, pen, pencil, 1 ½” 3 ring binder


  • During the semester we will be reading a variety of short stories, poems, and short dramas. At times you will be expected to do the reading outside of class to prepare for an assignment the following day. When writing assignments are given, they are expected to be turned in the day they are due- this may include emailing the paper to the instructor if you are absent.

Notebooks: These will also be used for shorter writing assignments. It is necessary to maintain a complete notebook to pass this course.

Additional work: Vocabulary assignments and quizzes will also be a regular part of this class.

Class Rules/ Expectations

  • Be Present: Arrive on time, attend regularly, stay awake, listen to directions, remain in your seat until the bell rings

  • Be Respectful: Listen to others and speak when appropriate, maintain an appropriate tone when speaking to me and your classmates.

  • Be Responsible: Know when assignments are due, Email major assignments/papers when absent, Check the website and absent work folder when you miss class, Late work will not be accepted.

  • Be Prepared: Bring required materials with you- pen/pencil, notebook, book, flash drive, etc

  • Be Accountable: Do your part during group assignments, use class time wisely when working on projects, accept responsibility for your own mistakes and learn from them, complete assignments for this class before working on homework for other classes.

  • Be Tidy: Pick up after yourself- papers, water bottles, gum wrappers, broken pens and pencils, etc.

  • Ask For Help: If you feel overwhelmed, see me! I’m here to help you learn, not ruin your grade point!

  • Be Honest: Make sure the work you turn in is your own. You are better off turning something in that is yours and getting partial credit then cheating and getting a zero.

Plagiarism: Taking credit for someone else’s work or ideas, submitting a piece of work, (for example a story or poem) which in part or whole is not entirely the student’s own work without fully and accurately attributing those same portions to their correct source. In other words, do not copy someone else’s writing and try and pass it off as your own.

The consequences of plagiarism are an automatic “E” for the assignment, detention, and possible consequences regarding membership in academic organizations such as NHS.

Grading Scale

A: 93-100% C+: 77-79% D-: 60-62%

A-: 90-92% C:   73-76% E:   50-59%

B+: 87-89% C-: 70-72%

B: 83-86% D+: 67-69%

B-: 80-82% D:   63-66%