• Tenth-Grade English Syllabus

    Welcome! The tenth-grade English curriculum continues to emphasize development of the core language arts components of reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as research.  Through all of these efforts, we want you to challenge your thinking, which will help you be more successful in school and beyond.


    Name and Pronunciation: 

    You have the right to be referred to the name that you are most comfortable with. If the name listed on my roster is not the name you would like to be called, you are welcome to let me know in person or through email at any time. I do my best to learn names quickly and accurately. If I am mispronouncing your name, please let me know immediately (in person or by email). In addition, you also have the right to be referred to with the pronouns you are most comfortable with. In order to have a safe and respectful class environment, you should refer to your classmates by the name and pronouns they are most comfortable with. We’ll be putting together a directory of our class to help.


    Student Mental Health: 

    SCASD and I are committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of its students. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of support, services are available. Additional resources include: 

    • Safe2Say: threats, behaviors, actions and harassment. Examples include bullying or intimidation, threats of self-harm or bragging about planning an attack, violence, depression and social isolation, reckless behavior and substance abuse.
    • SAP: any non-urgent concern related to something that is a barrier to learning, or is preventing a student from being successful in school (substance use, mental health, or other)
    • REACT: to help any State high community member who feels that she or he is a victim of an act of bias or discriminatory behavior. REACT is not a punitive entity. The mission of this initiative is to promote education and dialogue around issues of diversity and inclusion.

    If you have concerns that you/ a peer, or someone else is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, please call Center for Community Resources


    School Counselors:

    For help with scheduling, post-high school questions, and other academic needs, contact your school counselor. You can also reach out to your counselor for other non-academic needs.

    Katelynn Parkes (A-Cq)  krp16@scasd.org 

    Steve Guthoff (Cr- G)  sxg12@scasd.org

    Paul Brigman (H-K)  pgb14@scasd.org 231-1130

    Bethany Chamberlain (L-N)  bmk18@scasd.org

    Dave Eckberg (O-Si)  dke11@scasd.org 231-1130

    Suzanne Jury Lyke (Sj-Z)  smj11@scasd.org


    Inclusive Excellence: 

    Inclusive Excellence is the understanding that working, living, and learning environments benefit when diversity is recognized and utilized. Inclusive Excellence helps us to engage in civil conversation with those who hold views that differ from our own; and to socialize with persons who have had different life experiences. SCASD does not tolerate racism, violence or bullying by any individual or group. Just as importantly, we are actively working toward a more inclusive and caring environment to provide every student with a respectful, safe and positive experience on a daily basis. 


    How Inclusive Excellence Matters in English: 

    Through text, we will discuss characters’ lives and context. These characters mirror real life and the likely experiences of others. As we seek to make connections to the real world and across cultures, please be mindful that sharing your opinion is encouraged, but not if it dehumanizes another person or group(s) of people. In our classroom space, opinions without thoughtful research and reflection are not as valid as those that contain research and reflection. We will practice writing before speaking to help you get your thoughts focused and developed. If you’re ever nervous about sharing, please talk to me beforehand and I can support you. 


    The texts in our semester course highlight the following topics: 

    • Rhetoric: the Art of Persuasion
    • The Danger of the Single Story 
    • Examining Societal Conflict
    • The Art and Craft of the Playwright


    You will encounter texts that center around peoples’ and characters’ experiences with race, religion, socioeconomic status, education, gender, and family dynamics. Please be mindful of the experiences of other classmates. Refer to the How Inclusive Excellence Matters in English section above. 

    Materials needed for class each day:

    • Chromebook, charger, and earbuds
    • Some type of notebook (rather than a collection of loose papers)
    • An open mind and willing attitude
    • Respect for self and others


    Academic Integrity:

    You must be the sole author of all work produced in this (and every) class. Using others’ work as if it’s your own doesn’t help you (though in the moment it might seem as if it does). Putting in your own efforts is what develops your brain. Even when it’s difficult, you can do it! If you are caught plagiarizing you will be held accountable. The SCASD Academic Integrity policy can be found in the SCHS Handbook. If you need help citing a source, reach out. I am happy to help you.  



    • Grades are compiled on a point system. 
    • You can find grades on HAC/Canvas
    • You have an open invitation to meet with me to revise work and resubmit


    Class Participation:

    Show up to class prepared to speak about the topic at hand with classmates. 

    Signs of active listening include:

    Signs of active verbal participation include:

    • Nodding
    • Taking notes
    • Body language (mirroring)
    • Focus / showing attentiveness 
    • Snapping (support)
    • Questioning
    • Building on others’ ideas
    • Sharing original ideas, pointing out quotations that are relevant
    • Making connections to other texts and the world



    If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, please know you can come to me and I will help you find resources. In class, I will work to create a routine of our daily block to help you anticipate what the day will look like. If you are struggling at any point, reach out to me. You are a person first and an English student second-- it is okay to get frustrated, and even fed up! It’s not okay to let that frustration lead to inappropriate behavior. So please, reach out. Remember, above all else, I want you to leave our class feeling like you matter because you do! 


    Communicating with Your Teacher:

    If you feel you need more guidance in class or with assignments, tell me. I am always willing to make time to help you get the most out of this class. I will always push you to do your best, and I understand that English class can be challenging. Because of this, I will try and make our class environment as positive as possible. Email me: dbz@scasd.org. I will respond within 24-48 hours. This is the BEST way to contact me. 


    In addition, as we are now in an every day semester block, I understand that there may be some bumps in the road adjusting to how much content/ homework is expected. Please try to not wait until the last minute before reaching out for help. I will work hard to get all of our homework started in class, so you can feel comfortable completing the rest of the assignment at home.


Last Modified on August 25, 2020