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English 10

Ms. Megan Turner Otay Ranch High School


Hello and welcome to English 10!


English 10 is a comprehensive literacy course designed to improve your ability to read, write, and perform other literacy-based tasks in preparation for entrance to the California State Universities. Throughout this course, students will read a variety of texts (fiction/non-fiction; narrative, informational, dramatic) in different mediums (digital and print) to develop ability to read and analyze critically in a variety of different settings.

Reading Materials

The year will be broken into four distinct units, accompanied by the following reading materials:





July 23- September 21, 2018

January 16- March 22, 2019

Unit 1: Narrative (Short Fiction)

Unit 3: Informational Text/Research Synthesis

Students will read a variety of short fictions, provided by the instructorin hard copy and/or digital form.

● Students will read Elie Wiesel’s Night, checked out from the school library.

Examples include Roald Dahl’s “The Lamb to the Slaughter”, excerpts of Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”.

● Students will read a variety of informational texts, provided by the instructor, in hard copy and/or digital form.

October 10- December 21, 2018

April 8- June 7, 2019

Unit 2: Narrative (Novel)

Unit 4: Dramatic Texts (Shakespeare)

Students will read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, checked out from the school library.

Students will read William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, checked out from the school library.

**If you (or your parent) have a concern about a text on the reading list, please contact me in writing(email) at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of our new unit. An alternate text and packet of assignments will be given for INDEPENDENT completion.

Supply List

In order to be successful in this course, you must have the following items with you every class period:

- One 8.5 x 11 inch COLLEGE RULEDspiral bound notebook

I am veryparticular on notebook size; students who bring the incorrect size notebook will need to return it and obtain the correct size notebook. Take this syllabus with you to the store and complete a PAPER TEST to see if it fits in the notebook without having to be trimmed.

- Pens/Pencils (at least 2)

- Highlighter (at least 2)

- Gluestick

- Assigned reading materials for class period

Optional(for art projects)

- Colored ballpoint/gel pens

- Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils

- Scissors

Classroom Expectations

Students will be expected to adhere to the following policies each class period:

1. Be prompt

Punctuality is key to your success as a highschool student. If you miss class, you miss out. Please be in class,in your assigned seat, before the bell rings. If you fail to meet this guideline, you will be marked tardy. Accumulated tardies (6+) will result in an assigned, mandatory Saturday School and/or further intervention from administration.

2. Be polite

The best way to make this class fun is to be aware of your surroundings. Always practice respect when interacting with others. Enter the classroom calmly and quietly. Use your manners. Say “please” and “thank you.” Make friends and help each other out. This classroom is yoursafe space. All opinions are tolerated and respected here. Any failure to adhere to this policy will result in a one-on-one intervention from myself, the contact of a parent, or a referral to an administrator.

3. Be proactive

As a highschool student, remember that YOU (not your parent, or your counselor, or your teacher) are the one responsible for your own learning. If you are struggling to understand something, reach out and let someone know. We cannot offer help if you don’t ask for it. I am here to help you always.Tutoring schedules will be posted around the classroom as they become available.


In an effort to create a student-centered learning atmosphere, our classroom will adhere to a standards based grading system.

What is SBG?

Traditional grading policies limit student success. More often than not, gradebooks are reflective of QUANTITY over QUALITY. Students are given loads of assignments and graded based on whether or not they have turned in their work on time-- not whether or not the work they are completing is done well. Additionally, when it comes time to show mastery of a standard, students are given one opportunity, selected by the instructor, to show what they have learned. Once the assignment’s grading window has passed, a student

must live with the grade they received despite any new learning that might have occurred. This results in inflated gradebooks, tired students, and a classroom atmosphere that does not foster student growth.

Because not all students learn the same way or at the same pace, standards-based grading places control over learning in the hands of the student. Students will no longer be graded on an A-F scale. Instead, students will be provided a list of standards at the beginning of the semester that they must demonstrate mastery of by the end of the semester. As the instructor, I will design and implement multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning in each standard of focus. The result will be a cumulative portfolio in which students will hand-pick assignments to demonstrate mastery of a standard, to be turned in at the end of the semester.

The ability to select assignments in which the student feels the most pride (with ample opportunity to revise as needed) will result in a more effective gradebook, a more engaging classroom atmosphere, and a greater sense of responsibility for one’s own learning.

Gradebook Breakdown

Our gradebook will be broken into four distinct categories (in alignment with CCSS):



Example assignments:

Example assignments:

● Written exit tickets (short answer responses)

● Annotations

● Graphic organizers

● Graphic organizers

● Powerpoint slides

● Written exit tickets (short answer responses)

● Essays

● Inquiries

● Art projects

● Art projects



Example assignments:

Example assignments:

● Annotations

● Presentation of work to peers/classmates

● Graphic organizers

● Socratic Seminars

● Written exit tickets (short answer responses)

● Recording of dramatic performances

● Inquiries

Citizenship Grades

Citizenship grades will be calculated a points system, and based purely on student participation. Items that will have impact on your citizenship grade:

● Completion of assignments in Literacy Notebook

● Preparedness for class (bringing class materials every class period)

● Participation in class discussion

● Behavior in class

● Attendance/tardies

Grading Scale

With the induction of Standards-Based Grading policies, student grades will be shifted to encourage higher levels of student participation, and, ultimately, higher levels of student success.

What used to be

Will now be

A+ (100 %)

E (Exceeds the Standard)

A- (90 %)

M (Meets the Standard)

D+ (69%)

R (Needs Revision)

F (50%)

N (Not Enough Data to Assess)

Standards-based grading eliminates the need for “in-between” grades, like Bs and Cs. Students who demonstrate mastery for each of our focus standards will receive an A. Students who do not revise their work to demonstrate mastery for each standard will receive a D+. Students who were absent or did not turn in an assignment to demonstrate mastery will receive an N (translated to 0% in the gradebook) until the assignment is made up.

Final Grades and Final Portfolio

At the end of the semester, students will hand-pick a series of assignments to turn in as part of their final portfolio. The goal is to have revised each of these assignments as necessary throughout the semester to demonstrate mastery of the standards in English 9. This portfolio will serve as the student’s final for the semester.

Final grades will be assigned on an A-F scale, based on an average of the standards-based letter grades (E, M, R, N) received throughout the semester. In essence, it is 100% possible for ANY student to receive an A in the class as long as they are completing revisions for their assignments along the way!


The state of California mandates that allhigh school students take a minimum of four yearsof English to graduate high school. Even though graduation seems like miles away, consider this class your first ticket to graduation. Unfortunately, space in Summer School is limited and it is not guaranteed you will be able to make up English 9 before your senior year if you fail. Justremember: Pass English 9, Graduate on Time!

Attendance/Tardy Policy

Excessive absences and/or tardies does not just impact you; it impacts the entire class. Upon your arrival back in class, you will have ONE class period to collect any missing work before it becomes a permanent N in the gradebook.

All make-up work must be collected/made-up outside of class time(before school, nutrition break, lunch, after school, and select Extended Learning Periods) as to not interfere with student learning time.

In addition, students must EMAIL me prior to their absence if they wish to collect any make-up work upon their return.

**Students who are continually absent/tardy will forfeit assignment revision privileges.**

Revision Policy

To reduce online plagiarism, revision time will be embedded into class time. REVISIONS COMPLETED AT HOME WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED (unless agreed upon **in advance** with me.)

Students who wish to complete a revision on an assignment must complete a Revision Log. All revisions will be graded at my own pace, as to not interfere with the grading that comes with daily learning. That being said, it is ALWAYS better to aim for an M on the first attempt.If you have any questions on this revision policy, please do not hesitate to ask.

Where to Find Homework/Assignments

All daily agendas and homework assignments will be published on our class white board and online at:

Technology Policy

Cell phones are not to be in use during class time, unless further specified by myself (or a visiting educator.) Sometimes, cell phones will be integrated into our lesson plans. In the case that you do not have a cell phone/data to use, you will not be penalized, but you may be partnered with another student to earn credit.

Cell phones may only be checked during transition periods. If a student’s technology use interferes with their ability to participate in classroom assignments, it will be confiscated until the end of the period or end of school day (depending on number of offenses).

1 Technology Warning

Student keeps phone/technology item and puts it away

2 Technology Warnings

Student gives phone to teacher and collects it back from teacher at end of class period

Parent phone call

3 Technology Warnings

Student gives phone to teacher, to be picked up from front office by parent after school hours

Student behavior reflection form

4th Technology Warning

Automatic referral to front office

Contact Information

I can be reached by email at any timeat

I maintain a 24-hour response policy during the school week. If you have any questions, or would like to

schedule a meeting with me outside of class time, sending an email is the most efficient form of contact. I am happy to set-up phone meetings through email as well.

I am looking forward to getting to know you over the duration of our time together :)


Please read the syllabus with a parent/guardian, then fill out this form and turn it in to me. Please write neatly. :)

Student name:


Class period:

Student/Parent signature section

I have read Ms. Turner’s 2018-2019 syllabus with a parent/legal guardian. I agree to all of the policies presented in this syllabus.





Parent contact information(confidential and to be destroyed at end of school year)

Parent Name:

Parent Phone Number:

Parent Email:

Preferred contact method (circle one):

Language of preference:




Student Behavioral Interventions Record​​(for teacher use only)





Verbal warning in class

Student Behavior Reflection Form

1-on-1 discussion with student outside of class time; loss of break time

Parent contact


Referral to Counselor/Assista nt Principal

Referral for further Administrative Action