10th Grade Language Arts Syllabus
2011 Spring Semester

Molly Socha

__msocha@chinquapin.org__
(281) 917-3167
Classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


Ryan Tucker

__rtucker@chinquapin.org__
(202) 747-4257
Classes on Thursday and Friday


Course Objectives:
Students will be able to . . .
  • Construct a well developed thesis with a clear focus and supporting points.
  • Follow the structure and organization created by the thesis.
  • Create an essay that addresses prompts and continues with a clear train of thought.
  • identify characteristics of effective introductory and conclusion paragraphs.
  • Analyze textual evidence in a way that supports the focus and thesis of an essay and avoid summarizing.
  • create works of writing the writer enjoys writing and the audience finds interesting to read.
  • construct concise statements that foster clarity.
  • Identify and limit redundancy.
  • Display a mastery of pre-writing .
  • Develop editing skills (peer and personal).
  • Display a mastery of listening.


Grading/Grade Break Down:
  • Grades will be broken down by the following:
    • 30% - Quizzes and daily assignments (in and out of class)
    • 50% - Long-term work (i.e. papers, projects, etc.)
    • 20% - Participation and lang. arts writing journal
  • When it comes to grading, both Ryan and Molly will grade your paper. This gives you the opportunity to see how your paper is viewed by two different perspectives. Throughout the course one teacher may focus more on certain aspects of writing, while the second teacher focuses on the other aspects of writing in your paper.
  • The class will developed an in-depth rubric or checklist, the teachers will also use this as a component in their grading process.


Supplies:
  • Pens (blue or black ink, with one colored pen) - Assignments must be submitted in blue or black ink ONLY. The colored pen will be for editing activities.
  • Pencils
  • Two college ruled/lined notebook - These notebooks should be used for ONLY LANGUAGE ARTS. There should not be English, speech, math, science, etc. in these notebooks.
  • Two highlighters


Policies:
  • Late Work:
    • Homework:
      • For daily homework (assignments given 4 nights or less to complete), you will receive 15% off for each day late (15% the first day, If a 10 point assignment is one day late, and your work is worthy of all points, the most you can receive is an 8.5 out of 10. If the same assignment is two days late, the most you can receive is a 7 out of 10 on the assignment, and so on.
    • Long-term assignments:
      • For long-term assignments, you will be marked down a letter grade for every day the assignment is late. Example, If the work turned in is worthy of a B and is a day late, the highest grade you can receive is a C. If the same work was two days late, it would be a D, and so on. After five days, it is an automatic zero.
  • Make-up Work:
    • Make-up Tests:
      • In the case of an excused absence, you have a week from the original date the test was given to schedule a make-up test. If I have not heard from you regarding when to schedule your make up test by the end of one week, the grade for the test is a zero.
      • In the case of an unexcused absence, you have a week from the original date the test was given to schedule a make-up test, and your grade for the test is 80 % of your score. Example: an A+ would be a B–. If I have not heard from you regarding when to schedule your make up test by the end of one week, the grade for the test is a zero.
    • Make-up daily homework and in-class assignments:
      • Excused absences X+1 You have the number of excused absences +1 to get all missed daily homework turned into me. Example: 3 excused absences +1 = 4 days to complete and turn in all missed work.
      • Unexcused absences have half the time to turn in missing homework, and follow the make-up test grading. Example: 3 excused absences +1 =4 /2 = 2 days to complete and turn in all missed work.
      • Quizzes cannot be made up. If you miss a quiz, it will not count for or against you. The lowest quiz score every quarter will be dropped.
  • Tardiness:
    • See school handbook
  • Collaboration:
    • Working together can be very helpful and important and at times, you will be asked to work with a classmate on an in-class assignment; however, at no point should you lose your voice or identity while working with classmates. All work must be in your own words! Whether there was allowance to work with another student on an assignment or not, never should you feel your thoughts are inferior and are better said by another. If I receive work from two students and copying/plagiarism it is evident, BOTH students will be given an alternate assignment and receive no greater than a 50% on the alternate assignment.
  • Plagiarism:
    • Plagiarism is NOT tolerated. Those who plagiarize follow similar consequences as discussed above, as well as face administrative consequences.



Text: The Plague