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1 Welcome to English 10 Mr. Duchin Room 302 Quaker Valley High School

2 S.W.E.A.T. pledge (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) NOTE: The following guidelines were borrowed from Mike Rowe [Dirty Jobs].http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/ 1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful. [Value your life, yourself and others around you.] 2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing. [Seize the day!] 3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them. [Every assignment is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.] 4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm. [Maintain a positive attitude throughout every task in every lesson. Create energy!] 5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford. [Invest in yourself; earn your best grade; don’t fear failure.] 6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger. [Powerschool is not a safety net – it’s a scoreboard.]

3 S.W.E.A.T. pledge (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) NOTE: The following guidelines were borrowed from Mike Rowe [Dirty Jobs].http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/ 7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is. [Feel free to come in before/after school to check progress.] 8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy. [Enough said.] 9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free. [Take initiative to catch up or move ahead. Challenge yourself.] 10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do. [Take responsibility for your learning and protect your integrity (no cheating) for future opportunities.] 11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others. [Respect and support everyone’s right to learn; do not distract others with off-task behavior/attitude.] 12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off. [Make the choice everyday.]

4 Required Materials for English 10 Pencil/pen Assigned text Completed homework Calendar book for deadlines Folder to organize class materials Notebook for class discussions/activities Laptop (to be issued/authorized by QVHS)

5 Mr. Duchin’s Class Procedures Arrive to class on time – before the bell. If you’re outside the door when the bell rings, you’re late. Three late arrivals will result in a detention. NOTE: Punctuality is a part of integrity. Immediately take out your notebook and pen for the following tasks. Look up at the front board and copy the day’s date. Copy the day’s quote (including the name of the author/speaker). Copy the learning targets for the day. Check out the board behind Mr. Duchin’s desk for deadline information. NOTE: Responsibility is a part of integrity. Fully participate in the lesson. Treat the lesson like an important meeting – politely listen/respond to others. Use your notebook to take notes on information shared. Write down questions in your notebook – ask them! Write down deadline information from the board behind Mr. Duchin’s desk. NOTE: Respecting others (and class procedures) is also a part of integrity. Turn in all assignments on time – especially after an absence

6 Powerschool vs. Blackboard Check Powerschool for grades and overdue assignments. Assignments turned in on time will remain blank until graded. “Ex” in Powerschool indicates an excused assignment. “M” in Powerschool indicates a missing assignment. “L” in Powerschool indicates a late assignment. Late assignments will be penalized 20% for each day past. Use Blackboard for assignment information/deadlines. Students will self-enroll on Bb after laptop distribution. Students should check Bb daily for lessons, deadlines, etc.

7 English 10 Assessments Assessment FOR learning (formative) = 20% Journal prompts Process writing and preliminary reader responses Graphic organizers, worksheets, etc. First drafts Notebook checks Grammar and vocabulary practice Class activities, discussions, and spar debates Blackboard applications and Study Island (online) A 20 percent penalty will be imposed for each day work is late. NOTE: Students must take the initiative to submit excused or unexcused late work. Assessment OF learning (summative) = 80% Formal reading responses and final drafts Quizzes and exams (online and on paper), and presentations Independent and collaborative projects AND formal debates A 20 percent penalty will be imposed for each day work is late. NOTE: Students must take the initiative to submit excused or unexcused late work.

8 English 10 – Terms A and C Literary analysis [ Reading Comprehension and Interpretation] Fiction: short stories, novels, and plays Nonfiction: news articles and personal essays Poetry Application of literary terms Study Island/Keystone practice Writing process Journal and reader response Expository, personal and persuasive essays. Functional grammar and vocabulary applications Princeton Review Hit Parade – 100 words Grammar pyramid (next slide). Development of 21 st Century skills

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11 English 10 – Selections of Fiction The Language of Literature (Grade 10) Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” and “A Sound of Thunder” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron” Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser Animal Farm by George Orwell Swallowing Stones by Joyce McDonald Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Macbeth by William Shakespeare [Various poems will also be analyzed and appreciated.]

12 English 10 – Selections of Nonfiction Media Sources (including but not limited to...) Time The New York Times National Public Radio The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pittsburgh Tribune Review Personal, persuasive and expository essays Internet research

13 English 10 – Term B Speaking and Presenting Apply purpose, audience and form. Use/analyze credibility, charisma and meaningful idea. Utilize rhetorical devices. Reinforce 21 st Century skills. Complete formal presentations. “A Moment of Truth” “The Future Is Now” “A Change for the Better” Develop and apply research skills, outlining, and technology. Continuation of functional grammar and vocabulary Continuation of process writing Personal Project Deadlines! (See Dr. Conlon/QV website.)

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15 Contact Information Mr. Duchin at Start your subject heading with your first and last name. Title all attachments with your full name followed by a title. Check for Mr. Duchin’s response within 24 hours – save it. Feel free to see/call Mr. Duchin before/after school. Find Mr. D in room no appointment is necessary. Call Mr. D at (X-6704) and leave a message. Contact Mr. Duchin within 24 hours after an absence. Use ! (Follow the above guidelines.) See Mr. Duchin before or after school. (Class time is limited.)

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