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English 10 Syllabus


Mr. Baas


323-5312 (voicemail)

Building and Room number(s)

Central High School

Room # 2110



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Course Description:

English 10 is a class that continues to build students' abilities to write academically and read critically while also introducing fundamentals of speech and presentation skills. All three aspects--speech, reading, and writing--factor 

Essential Learning Expectations:

Students will analyze literature for literary elements such as plot structure, characterization, symbols, point of view, and themes. Students will also write analytically and persuasively based on writing prompts and give speeches informing and persuading audiences.

Text used and other recommended materials:


Holt English 10 Textbook


Required: Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and Lord of the Flies by William Golding


Grades will be weighted for this course in 2 categories:

Assessment (includes speeches, tests, and writing): 70%

Homework, participation and daily work: 30%

Plagiarism, Collusion, and Cheating:

As is consistent with Portage Central High School policy, plagiarism, collusion, and any type of cheating is strictly prohibited. Instances of plagiarizing, colluding, or cheating will be reported to administration and could result in consequences ranging from loss of credit on the assignment to detention and/or suspension.

Plagiarism is defined in the student handbook/planner as 
"the use of another's ideas, facts, photos, art, charts, graphics, designs, or words without giving proper credit, an attempt to present the ideas or words of another as one's own, or presenting as new/original an idea or product derived from an existing source. In writing and in speech, the use of the words of another (whether quoted or paraphrased) without telling the reader/listener that those words are not one’s own."
Collusion is 
defined in the student handbook/planner as "when a  student knowingly allows his or her work to be submitted for assessment/credit by another student."
Cheating is defined in the student handbook/planner as "the act or instance of fraudulently deceiving."

Use of phones/personal technology:

Unless otherwise stated by Mr. Baas, phones should be invisible and inaudible during class. There are no warnings about technology in my classroom; a violation of this policy will result in detention and/or other administrator action. 



This class will be scored according to the Portage Central Grading Scale.  



The final semester grade is based on a composite of two nine-weeks’ grades and the final examination/culminating assessment/project.  Each nine weeks is worth 40%, and the semester exam/project or District Culminating Activity assessment is worth 20%.