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    English 10


    Mrs. DeRosa and Ms. DiSarno

    E-mail: derosak@madisonnjps.org





    Course Description

    English 10 is an American Literature course.  Sophomores engage in reading both classic and contemporary American literature as they examine the American Dream and its legacies. The diversity and unity of the American experience is reflected in the works studied. Students are required to read various works of literature and informational texts, develop a higher level of thinking skills, expand their vocabulary, improve their grammar and use of language, do research,  create a multimedia presentation,  and learn to write in a variety of forms, including narrative, argumentative, and explanatory, with periodic emphasis on prewriting, organizing, and revising.




    Required Texts


    Ethan Frome (Wharton)

    The Crucible (Miller)

    Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)

    Death of a Salesman (Miller)

    A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry)

    Diary of a Part Time Indian (Alexie)

               Various selections of short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and informational text

    Required materials


    • Binder: You must maintain a three ring binder and bring it to class with you each day. (This notebook should be dedicated for English only.) It should have loose-leaf paper and dividers for your notes, handouts, completed assignments, vocabulary, etc.
      • Pencils and blue or black pens
      • A planner to record assignments
      • Post-It notes and highlighters



    Classroom Expectations


    Be ON TIME. You will need a late pass if you are late.
    Be PREPARED with homework and all necessary materials in hand when the bell rings. If you do not    

    have the homework on the day it is due, you will not be able to participate fully in the day’s lesson. NO    

    CREDIT IS GIVEN FOR LATE HOMEWORK.   Be sure that you bring your Chromebook every day to class fully charged.

    PARTICIPATE actively in all class discussions, and take notes during lectures, discussion, and as you read.
    SHOW RESPECT: Offer thoughtful ideas and opinions and be respectful of the ideas and opinions of others. Please listen attentively to all ideas and opinions, even if they differ from your own.
    SUBMIT all assignments ON TIME, and be proactive in getting caught up when you are absent per the Late Work & Make-up Policy.
    DO YOUR BEST AT YOUR OWN WORK: Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. Please review the MHS Honor Code for information on academic integrity. Plagiarism and cheating will result in a zero with no opportunity for resubmission, along with consequences outlined in the Student Handbook.
    READ, READ, READ: Reading is key to your success in this course and to your enjoyment of it. English class will be FUN if you read and come to class prepared to delve into the great literature that awaits you this year.

    *All school rules outlined in the Student Handbook are in effect in this class.


    Expectations for use of Technology in Class:


    We will have many opportunities to use technology in class, BUT we must do so responsibly.  Therefore, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines will lead to the loss of credit for the assignment, loss of technology privileges in class, or the confiscation of personal devices:


    •         Students may use Chromebooks to work on assignments in


            class, with the teacher’s permission.


    • Students may not play games or watch movies unrelated to class assignments.
    • Students are NEVER to charge their phones during class.
    • Students may not check social media, text, or make phone calls during class.


    • Students will not maltreat the technology.  
    • Students will place phones in specified location in the beginning of class unless   

               directed otherwise by teacher.


    Grading Policy


    Your grade in this course will be comprised of homework, classwork, participation, quizzes, tests, writing assignments, exams, and projects. The grades will be determined by adding up the total number of points earned and dividing it by the total number of points available. The total points possible will reflect the length and importance of an assignment; a pop quiz on last night's reading might be worth 10-20 points, whereas a long-term project or essay could be worth 200. Students are responsible for keeping track of their grades.


    Typical point values:
    Homework and classwork: Point values range from 5 points to 15 or more depending on the length and scope of the assignment. NO CREDIT IS GIVEN FOR LATE HOMEWORK.
    Quizzes: 10-30 points
    Tests: 50-100 points
    Essays: 50-200 points depending on the time allotted for the completion of the essay (timed in-class writing will be worth less points than essays written at home over an extended period)

    • Projects: 50-200 points


    Late Work & Make-up Policy- Please see the Humanities Department web page.



    Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy

    Please review the following policy, which will also be discussed during class. This policy will be enforced throughout the school year: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z5UArBzjPhnPSscsOW8b6zEPAQNdUAnhQsg0Yv-W9nI/edit


    Please familiarize yourself with what constitutes as plagiarism. Examples can be found here:







    All essays should be typed (12 point font, double spaced) in MLA format. Please print all typed work prior to class; you have access to the computers in the Media Center before and after school and during lunch.

    Class Participation


    Students who participate are students that are listening and want to lend their opinions and questions to class discussion. Every student must make a positive contribution during each class session. This makes for a healthy trade of ideas and may have a definite impact on a borderline grade. Participation is a requirement for this course.



    Teacher Availability


    I am available after school by appointment and during tutorials. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail with any questions or concerns.