Ms. Momenzadeh (Ms. Mo)
Accelerated English 10 Syllabus
What You Will Accomplish
- An understanding of multicultural themes through literature.
- An ability to critically analyze the reliability and credibility of nonfiction information.
- The skill to effectively write and communicate in a variety of genres, including research writing, persuasive/argumentative writing, and synthesis writing.
- Preparation for college-level writing, reading, and critical thinking.
What You Will Need
- A folder for extra handouts
- A single subject notebook. Ideally a cloth-bound, 100 sheet, notebook. Spiral-binding does not last for the year.
- A Writing Utensil.
- Charged chromebook
What We Will Read
- Various short fiction and nonfiction selected from the textbook series, My Perspective
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
- Antigone by Sophocles*
*Due to the length of Kite Runner, if the pacing needs to be augmented at the end of the year, it will be replaced with Antigone. We will not cover both texts.
All of the works covered in this class are trade book selections from the Pearson textbook series MyPerspectives and considered appropriate for honors-level 10th grade students. The district and teacher do not condone any of the actions or behaviors occurring in these novels, but hope to engage and interest students in different perspectives of world literature. At its basis, literature is a lens of the human experience, and that experience can be perplexing, traumatic, joyous, and astounding all in equal measures. Any novel that depicts a person’s reality or perspective—in a way for the reader to actually enjoy—includes content that can be deemed controversial. A story where everyone is happy and nothing bad happens is not a very interesting story to read.
The teacher and district leave it to the discretion of the parent to determine what is appropriate for their child. Please peruse summaries of the major works covered in class for disagreeable content and contact the teacher as soon as possible so the teacher can develop an independent study for that student.
Additionally, films will be used in this class to activate prior knowledge, to create a text-to-film connection, or to illustrate a literary device being further studied within a text. Ratings of these film clips will not exceed PG-13 or TV-14. Please see the addendum attachment for permission slip confirming understanding of the above content and items.
What I Expect from You
- This class will run on openness for discussion and debate. Question, disagree, and disprove your peers, but do it with respect. Racism, bullying, and hate speech will not be tolerated.
- Have a charged Chromebook and book in class each day.
- Classwork and homework will not be accepted late for reasons other than absence.
- Essays and projects can be turned in up to a week late for half the credit you earned. After a week, I will no longer accept the assignment as we have moved on to different content.
- Homework and classwork must be turned in at the beginning of class or it is considered late.
- You are in charge of your own learning. I will present it to you with all the skill that I possess, but it is up to you to establish your own habits for success.
- Absolutely no cell phones, earbuds, or headphones in class. Listening to music during instructional time is rude and will result in you missing information. Social media/scrolling/playing games during class time will not be tolerated.
- Technology needs can be met with your Chromebook. It is your responsibility to bring your charger and maintain your device in good working order. Use a rental from the library if your Chromebook is being repaired or you forgot it.
What Is Graded
- Assume classwork will be graded for correctness, not completion. Classwork/homework will not be accepted late for reasons other than absence.
- To assess reading, you will receive reading quizzes to ensure you are reading the assigned content. You may use any notes that you take on reading quizzes, but they must be handwritten (the quizzes will be in “locked” mode).
- Essays and projects will be worth the most points. Failure to complete these assignments will result in failing for the marking period.
What If You Are Absent
- If you are absent, check the agenda posted on Classroom for assignments that you missed. Copies of any handouts can be located in your class absent folder.
- You have one week from the day you were absent to hand in the classwork and/or make up any quizzes or tests you missed. After a week, all assignments will be entered as a 0.
- Assignments introduced before your absence are due immediately upon your return.
- If we begin a project or essay and you miss an in-class work day, your deadline will not be extended. If you missed the day the project or essay was assigned, then you will be granted a one-day extension.
What If You Plagiarize
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you are found plagiarizing any assignments (this includes essays, classwork, powerpoints, homework, on paper or GoogleClassroom), you will be disciplined in accordance with the student handbook. We will extensively cover what plagiarism is and how to effectively paraphrase and cite outside sources. Do your own work—no excuses.
What Makes It Accelerated (Honors)
Your final average in this class will be weighted 1.04%, meaning you can anticipate doing approximately .04% more work than the English 10 class with approximately .04% more expectations for essays and projects. The added requirements and expectations of the Accelerated course are to prepare you for Accelerated or AP English classes in 11th and 12th grade.