Gateway Regional High School
Honors ELA / 10th grade
Mrs. Melissa Irwin
Google Classroom code: reiucg (6th period) and 3ulysb (7th period)
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10th grade Honors English is a fast-paced, rigorous language arts course for high school sophomores with a thematically designed approach to literature and non-fiction. This course is devised to prepare students for the demands of a four-year college degree programs and career readiness. Throughout the year, students will participate in student-centered learning in the form of group, partnered and individual work, and perform both individual and group presentations. Elements of language are addressed daily through sentence examination along with vocabulary and SAT words. Critical Writing is also addressed through several forms, including inquiry based, argumentative, literary analysis, informational, research skills, and techniques. Honors students will learn to use literary criticism to analyze texts, and learn more about the historical and cultural contexts of their readings. Students will also be participating in collaborative discussions and lessons based using chosen literature circle books.
Course Expectations and Assessments
1st Marking Period
- Pre-Test to determine strengths and needs.
- Collection 1: Ourselves and Others- “We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.”-Barbara Jordan
- In this unit, students will be examining topics such as society, community, tolerance, and acceptance by closely analyzing narrative, informational, documentaries, and seminal texts. Students will use informational texts, selections for the unit, as well as, literature circle books to create both personal and world inquiry based questions. The inquiry based essay as well as argumentative writing will be the focused writing for this unit.
2nd Marking Period
- Collection 3: Responses To Change-“When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.”- Chinese Proverb
- In this unit, students will be examining topic that change is inevitable; how we respond to it reveals who we are. Students will focus on citing text evidence to support inferences, analyzing representations in different mediums, using cause-and-effect to make connections. They will also be analyzing language and making inferences about the theme of a poem, analyzing the development of ideas in a documentary and multiple genres of texts in both fiction and nonfiction. Students will be applying language conventions in writing in this unit.
- Collection 4:How We See Things” “ The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”- Henry David Thoreau
- In this unit, students will be examining how human beings perceive the world. Students will focus on citing text evidence to support inferences, analyzing representations in different mediums, using cause-and-effect to make connections. They will also be analyzing language and making inferences about the theme of a poem, analyzing the development of ideas in a documentary and multiple genres of texts in both fiction and nonfiction. Students will be applying language conventions in writing in this unit. The focus of writing will be narrative. Honors students will also be composing original responses to past AP tests.
3rd Marking Period
- Collections 5: Absolute Power- “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The power of man.”- Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1
- In this unit, students will explore the theme of “Absolute Power” through texts that present ideas about people’s relationships with ambition, power, success, failure, and control. Students will be analyzing the use of rhetoric in an argument, interactions between characters and theme, and representations of a scene and historical text. Students will research and examine human ambition and the possibility of power becoming corrupt through Shakespeare’s Macbeth along with various informational articles. Students will also read multiple genres of texts in both fiction and nonfiction. The focus in writing will be analytical and argumentative.
4th Marking Period
- Collection 6: Hard Won Liberty & Dystopian Literature-“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.”- Nelson Mandala
- In this collection, students will explore themes revolving around “Hard-Won Liberty” through texts that discuss struggles for freedom. The unit will begin with historical figures who sacrificed their lives to help create a better world; a world that consists of freedom for all people. Next, students will delve into the world of dystopia by participating in literature circles using their chosen novel.
- Post-Test to measure growth and progress throughout the year.
- Visit Google Classroom for information about classroom assignments.
- Retakes will be available primary assessments only. Retakes are only available to students who complete all homework.
- High School Grading Policy
- 60% (Primary)- tests, essays, benchmarks, and major projects
- 30% (Secondary)- quizzes, minor projects and writing assignments
- 10% (Support)- class work
- 0% - Diagnostic assessments
Required and Recommended Materials
- Students are asked to bring a pen/pencil, highlighters, and post-its during literature circle days.
- Students are required to bring their Chromebook to each class.
- Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding your child’s grade throughout the school year.
- I am available most days after school until the first late bus (3:24pm).
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences
- Cell phones should be put away in the classroom.
- Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
- Be respectful to teacher and classmates at all times.
- Students are expected to be on time to class daily. The 4th lateness will be followed by a write-up.
- Students are expected to follow Gateway’s Code of Conduct.