3570 Timpview Dr. Provo, Utah 84604 Phone: (801)221-9720 Fax: (801)224-4210

English 10

Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement

This course is called 10th grade English, and focuses on World Literature. As part of the course we will be reading many texts written by authors from around the world, both classic and modern. We will be reading a lot and writing even more. Writing will be very important part of the course as it is one of the greatest determiners of your college/career readiness. You will need to be independent learners, thinkers, and writers.


Classroom Rules

  • Be Responsible
    • You are getting older and responsibility is a part of life. Be responsible for yourself, your actions, and most of all your education.
  • Be Proactive
    • If you know you are going to be absent, get your work ahead of time. If you are having an issue with a student, let me know before it gets out of control. If you are having trouble with a standard, ask me. Take charge of your education and life before it is too late.
  • Be Attentive
    • Be aware of what is happening around you. Are you having a positive impact on your classroom community? Are your actions negatively impacting those around you? Be aware of your surroundings, your classmates, and our classroom.

Learning Expectations

A = 100-94%
A- = 93-90%
B+ = 89-87%
B = 86-83%
B- = 82-80%
C+ = 79-77%
C = 76-73%
C- = 72-70%
D+ = 69-67%
D = 66-63%
D- = 62-60%
F = 59% and below

Assessment of Progress

Mastery: 50% (Includes: Writing Assignments, quizzes, tests, final projects)

Practice: 40% (Includes: In-class work, homework)

Participation: 10% (Includes: Workshops, Discussions, Group Collaboration)

Course Materials

Most of what we read in class will be shorter works. However, we will also read four novels throughout the year. All of these works provide some level of mature content. If at any time you feel uncomfortable reading a text I have assigned, please talk to me and I will provide an alternate work. 

Term 1 – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Term 2 – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Term 3 – The Odyssey by Homer

Term 4 – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Materials Needed: 

  • Pen or Pencil
  • Folder/Binder
  • Composition Notebook (Will be kept in class)
  • Silent Reading Book
  • Book we are currently reading

Classroom Procedures

Attendance – Please visit the school website to see an updated attendance policy.

Tardiness – I will take attendance at the beginning of class. Students who do not arrive on time to class to complete reading quizzes or bell work will not be allowed to make it up.

Make-Up Work – If you are absent from class you have two class periods to make the work that you missed. It should be turned in to your classes bin with a ‘pink-slip’ attached. You are responsible for getting the work that you missed.

Late Work – Everyday that you work is late I will deduct 10%. After a week late work will no longer be accepted. If you feel that your circumstance requires an exception, please talk to me personally.

Grades – I will enter grades weekly and keep grades as up to date as I can. You can check your grade through your Power School account.

Cell Phone Policy – I understand that cell phones are part of your world. You are old enough to know when it is an appropriate time to use your phone and when it is not. If you are using your phone at an inappropriate time then it will be confiscated until the end of class. If it happens more than once, your phone will be sent to the office and you will have to pick it up after school.

Plagiarism – Plagiarism occurs most often when students copy work from another source without giving that author credit. If a student plagiarizes an assignment or an essay, they will receive a 0 without an opportunity to redo it.


Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Connecting Home to School

The best way to communicate with me is face-to-face. I am in my classroom 30 minutes before school starts, during lunch, and 30 minutes after school. If you cannot catch me at school then you are free to email me. I will try my best to reply to you within 24 hours.


Personal Statement and other items (optional)