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Honors English 10

Southwest High School

Dr. William Smith


Office telephone: 612-668-3036



English 10 fulfills the Middle Years Program (MYP)  Language A Level 5 requirement of International Baccalaureate. Successfully completing English 10 fulfills one of the four English courses required for graduation.  This year long course is organized around the genres of the short story, the novel, the essay, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. As a means of meeting the objectives, we will focus on MYP’s five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environment, and health and social education; and complete six major MYP writing assessments.


Course of Study: Literature units and major writing assignments.


·         Literary elements and writings of Literary Analysis.


·         Writing assignments will be made weekly.


·         Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Creative writing: play.


·         The novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie. Creative Writing.


·         Greek Theatre, Oedipus by Sophocles.


·         Research Paper.


·         Public Speaking. Demonstration speech.


·         Course will include study of vocabulary and grammar, literary terms, note taking, and speech/communication.


·         Book Review(s) will be required reading, group presentation and analysis


·         Reviews of music, art, dance  and theater will be suggested each quarter and provide “extra” experience for the student.




Grades are determined primarily by the degree to which a student masters the language skills. Missing assignments will impact the grade when mastery cannot be determined from the amount of work submitted. 


All students are expected to make significant contributions to class in terms of ideas and responses to literature and other topics in order to have an A or B in class.


Students should be prepared for class by having read assigned material, and be ready to comment in class.

Students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves and for each other.


Work turned in late results in reduced grades.  Make-up and Alternate assignments are listed on the web site calendar.  If a student is absent or missing assignments, he/she is responsible for reviewing the Alternative assignments and completing work as necessary.


Grades and assignments will be posted in the Gradebook and available on Parent Portal within reasonable time – no longer than 5 school days from date of assignment.  Students and families should check Parent Portal for information relating to grades and attendance.


Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. A student who is tardy may be marked absent. Attendance must be corrected in the main office. When absent, a student is responsible for getting missed notes and assignments.


Behavior in class is always based on courtesy and mutual respect -- respect for each other and the classroom environment. Practice professional behavior in class in terms of language, dress, conduct, and by stowing electronics during class. Inappropriate use of electronics will be dealt with ranging from communication with parents, to confiscation of devices.


It is expected that members of this class will observe strict policies of academic honesty. Any instances in which cheating, including plagiarism and unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, computer accounts, or someone else’s work is determined, will be referred to Student Services and will be investigated to its full extent. Refer to page 10 of the Southwest Handbook.


Supplies needed for this class: One spiral - or similar - notebook per quarter, an ample supply of blue or black pens. A highlighter or post it notes might be a good idea. Art supplies in your preferred medium (colored pencil, markers, paints, charcoal pencils, ink, or ?) will come in handy and may be kept at home.


Purchasing texts is not required.  The Media Center has copies of all required texts. If you wish to mark in the text, you will need to purchase that text.  Assignments will be completed in class or as homework.  Assignment can be emailed to teacher or use Google Docs as demonstrated in class.