English 10 Regents 2014-2015

J. Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Molloy
Email: jmolloy@northsalemschools.org
Phone: 914-669-5414 (Extension 2193)
Extra Help Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday in room W-24

North Salem Mission:Engage students to continuously learn, question, define and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.

Course Description
This course familiarizes students with the ways in which events in history impact literature. Students will explore various genres, understand the ways in which the literature reflects society and culture even as it addresses universal concerns, and formulate comparisons between the eras studied and our contemporary perspectives. Students will continue their study of prominent authors, and continue their development of vocabulary, writing, research skills, oral communication skills and preparation for the New York State Common Core Regents Exam.

Primary Learning Goals:
By the end of the year, students will:
  • Analyze, compare and evaluate various works of literature;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how many of the themes revealed in texts, particularly those of literary merit, reveal insights into human nature and the human condition;
  • Demonstrate serious engagement with the readings through close reading and analytical writing;
  • Participate in active class analytical discussions;
  • Practice writing skills through academic writing assignments and in-class essays;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to create, develop and support a cogent argument;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to address multiple perspectives as a means of strengthening your argument;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to analyze sources to develop a thesis and argument;
  • Apply steps of the writing process as they write;
  • Continue to develop sophisticated sentence structures and syntax;
  • Improve their vocabulary skills primarily in the context of literature;
  • Develop and apply research skills necessary for academic success;
  • Develop and apply oral presentation skills;
  • Develop and apply listening skills;
  • Learn and apply the strategies necessary for success on the New York State Common Core English Regents.

Note: The focus of this class is depth of textual analysis rather than breadth. While every effort will be made to address all goals and objectives of the syllabus, time constraints and unforeseen circumstances may require revisions to the syllabus as the school year unfolds.

1st Semester – Struggling Societies / Struggles for Power
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Anthem, Ayn Rand
Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

2nd Semester – Struggling Families / Struggles of Youth
Night, Elie Wiesel
The Crucible, Arthur Miller
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

*Throughout each quarter, various non-fiction articles and excerpts will be paired with each fictional text in order to more fully analyze the work.

You will need the following materials for every class session:
  • 2 inch binder / dividers
  • Loose-leaf
  • Blue or black in pens

Assessment / Grading
Students at North Salem are to be prepared for class every day, and are expected to submit all work on time. Students will make up work within five days from the date of the legal absence. Lateness of projects and papers will result in a deduction per day until the work is submitted. Assessment will take place in the form of essays, tests, projects, classwork, homework, and quizzes.
Essays = 40% of your grade
Tests / Projects = 30% of your grade
Classwork = 20% of your grade
Homework / Quizzes = 10% of your grade

In this class, we will adhere to the North Salem plagiarism policy.

Extra Help
Extra help will take place on Tuesday and Thursday in room W-24. If you cannot make an extra help session, please let me know and we can pick a day and time that is mutually convenient.

I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging year!

Extra Help:
Extra help will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room W-24 from 2:15-2:55, or by appointment.