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Welcome to 10 th grade English “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein.

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1 Welcome to 10 th grade English “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein

2 s and Office Hours laalliance.org or I will respond within 24 hours. I promise. Office Hours are Tuesday after school.

3 Syllabus  The syllabus for my class is on my VAULT on the school website   Teachers/Staff  Ms Allison Levine  10 ELA or 10 HONORS  ALL HOMEWORK, LINKS, REFERENCES AND HELPFUL HINTS ARE LOCATED ON THE VAULT  READ IT. LEARN IT. LOVE IT.

4 Mastery of Skills and Events  CAHSEE exam (5 strands of Writing)  Citing textual evidence  Vocabulary comprehension (connotative and denotative meanings)  Vocabulary evolution (Greek and Latin roots)  Literary figurative language analysis  Research techniques and MLA citations  Oral presentations (narrative, expository, responses/analysis, persuasive arguments/debates and descriptive presentations)  Theatrical presentations  Rhetoric (ethos, logos and pathos)

5 Reading & Writing Activities  Comparison and contrast essays  Personal narrative  Original short stories  Literary criticism  Expository compositions  Persuasive compositions and debate  Business/personal letters  Technical/workplace documents  Manuscripts, movie scripts, one-act plays  Character analysis

6 Projects  Power Point/Prezi Presentations on the First Parent’s night in September  Literature Circles, memorized and recited Ancient Greek Poetry, The World Myth Project  The Persuasive Essay and Debate  Rhetoric, political campaign analysis, theatrical presentations, Poetry analysis, song lyric analysis, reflective essay, literary criticism, and film making  Archetypes, plot structure, film analysis, murals and original one-act plays

7 Theme for the Year – Heroism No, not heroin Essential Questions and Big Ideas:  There are several different types of heroes and we will explore each one.  What is the difference between a classic hero, an anti- hero and a reluctant hero?  What is “The Hero’s Journey” and “The Dichotomy of Man”?  What is “mythology” and how does it differ from culture to culture?  What is “Absolute Individualism”?  What is the meaning of life? (according to society and according to you)

8 HONORS  You will have the same books (with the addition of “Fahrenheit 451”)  You will have supplemental reading and extra projects to create a more rigorous classroom environment – such as Science Fiction analysis and evaluation, Short story writing, Creation of the Future project  If you miss more than 3 assignments during the semester, you will be dropped from the class.

9 Classroom Rules & Expectations  What is the difference between Rules and Expectations? Rules: Laws, Regulations, Decrees, Imperatives Expectations: Hopes, Prospect, Anticipations

10  NO GUM (seriously, if I ruin one more pair of pants because of gum…) NO FOOD (I don’t like bugs) and WATER ONLY.  TAKE YOUR BACKPACKS OFF WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE CLASSROOM.  IF YOU SWEAR OR SAY "SHUT UP" IT WILL COST YOU 5 CENTS (25 CENTS FOR THE REALLY BIG WORDS) AND NO, YOU CAN'T GIVE ME A DOLLAR AND THINK YOU HAVE CREDIT.  I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK  OWN YOUR MISTAKES, NO EXCUSES  SHOW UP ON TIME AND READY TO WORK – A DO NOW ON THE BOARD MEANS “DO IT NOW  PARTICIPATION COUNTS IN MY CLASSROOM (BUT NOT THE DISRUPTIVE KIND)  BE SELFISH WITH YOUR EDUCATION - YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR EDUCATIONAL DESTINY

11 Don’t press me on these…  Don’t be disruptive and annoy me or others  When I raise my hand and count to five (silently) I EXPECT YOU TO QUIET DOWN. If you don’t, you will be assigned SAT vocabulary homework. Every 5 count = 5 words.  If you don’t turn in homework, you will write a “slacker” essay during class and receive a zero for the day.  Don’t “WHAT IF?” me to death.  Teleparent, phone calls home and you will translate if needed.

12 No Homework = No Grade  I’m stating the obvious here  The difference between a zero and a one makes an incredible difference  You will fail my class if you do not do your homework  Homework is preparation for class  READING!  CAHSEE Prep

13 CONSEQUENCES  Musical students  Sent to another classroom  Detention  Referral to the office  Teleparent  Phone call home  Parent-Teacher conference  I will drop you from the class if you make it impossible for others to learn.

14 TUTORING  If you are failing my class but are doing your homework, you will be “invited” to after school tutoring  If you want to be in my after school tutoring, I will think you are awesome and probably give you a cookie.  If you want my help, just ask. I actually want you to do well in my class.  Please care about your education because I do.

15 A few more things…  Write in PENCIL, BLUE OR BLACK INK ONLY  Bring highlighters, pencil sharpeners, staplers, rulers, markers, lined paper – ALL THINGS YOU WILL NEED!!  Composition books will be stored in class (please have them by Thursday/Friday)  All extensions must be requested at least one week prior to assignment date and are subject to approval. The request must have a note from your parent or guardian.  ACADEMIC HONESTY

16 Just Behave and Do the Work  This class is only as fun as you make it.  Trust me, you don’t want to piss me off.  Project Based Learning (PBL)  Art projects  Plays  Films  Creative and enjoyable ways to learn  IF YOU ARE DISRUPTIVE AND DON’T PARTICIPATE, YOU WILL HAVE INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR THE REST OF THE UNIT. WHICH IS NO FUN.

17 SERIOUSLY… I love being an English teacher (I’m a total nerd) and look forward to sharing my love of literature with you. I am here for questions, comments, concerns and cupcakes. I’m a strict, but fair teacher. Remember that.

18 Other Stuff to Discuss  Units  Class Jobs  Following directions  Diagnostic testing this week  Who are you??


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