• Ms. Momenzadeh (Ms. Mo) 

    Academic 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: Night interweaves a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context surrounding his experience during the Holocaust. 

    • Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: True Diary is a novel about Arnold Spirit Jr. who lives on the Spokane Indian reservation and experiences conflicts like poverty, rampant alcoholism, and missed opportunities. The book gives a look at life on an Indian reservation through the eyes of an insider and gives a serious but empathetic look at the real problems that plague American Indians on reservations and how difficult it has been for many to escape them. The point of view is that of a teen boy, meaning the narrative voice is approachable, humorous, and poignant.
    • The House on Mango Street  by Sandra Cisneros: The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age book about Mexican-American culture. That story is told in language that seems simple but possesses the richness of poetry, and whose slang and breaks from grammatical correctness contribute to its immediacy.

    • Antigone by Sophocles: Antigone is a Greek tragedy about the aftermath of a civil war in which the title character’s brother, considered a traitor to the land, is not permitted a burial by order of the new king. Antigone defies the law and the king to honor her brother and faith. 

    Content Disclaimer

    All of the works covered in this class are trade book selections from the Pearson textbook series MyPerspectives and considered appropriate for 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

    Be Respectful. 

    • This class will run on openness for discussion and debate. You are welcome to question, disagree and disprove your peers, but you must be nice.

    Be Prepared. 

    • 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 must be turned in at the beginning of class or it is considered late. 

    Be Responsible. 

    • 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. You should: 

    At the Beginning of Class:

        • Read the agenda for important reminders

        • Hand in homework and/or obtain the day's handouts 

        • Complete the day’s journal

    During Class:

        • Actively listen to the speaker.

        • Participate and collaborate: ask and answer questions to engage with the discussion.

        • Actively work on the assignments provided in the time that is given.

    At the End of Class:

        • Hand in any graded classwork.

        • Update your planner/agenda with homework assignments

    • Absolutely no cell phones, earbuds, or headphones in class. Listening to music or streaming shows during instructional time will result in you missing information. (Also, it’s super rude.) 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. 

    Failure to maintain the above expectations will result in the following: 

    • First Offense: Verbal Warning 

    • Second Offense: Contact home 

    • Third Offense: Referral 

    What Is Graded


    • As a rule, any homework in this class is simply classwork that you did not finish during the class time. Assume classwork will be graded for correctness, not completion. Classwork/homework will not be accepted late for reasons other than absence. 


    • To assess reading comprehension, you will receive reading quizzes. You may use any notes that you take on reading quizzes, but they must be handwritten (the quizzes will be in “locked” mode).

    Essays/ Projects

    • 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. 

    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.