1st Quarter    Sep-Nov
1800-1862

2nd Quarter   Nov-Jan
1862-1914

3rd Quarter   Jan-Mar
1914-1950s

4th Quarter   Mar-June
1960s-Present

The following eight requirements are mandated by the state:
XXXX (See ELA 10  Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 14.)   

1 Read two books and demonstrate understanding (per quarter).
XX In the first quarter, each student will be able to select both books from the list of books for 10th grade
XX In the second quarter, the novel Huck Finn will count as one and the other will be from the list
XX In the third quarter, the novel Of Mice and Men will count as one and the other will be from the list
XX In the fourth quarter, each student will be able to select both books from the from the list

XX A part of this grade will be daily reading in the classroom.  Demonstration of understanding for
XX the six books will typically be through an Accelerated Reader quiz.  At other times, it may be
XX  through a speech, a PowerPoint presentation, or other means.

XX I can modify this state requirement for students who wish to choose longer or more advanced
XX books.  (See the page on book requirements.) 

2 Write short papers weekly that are scored with a rubric.
XXX This will be worth 20% of the grade for first, second, and fourth quarter. 
XXX We will use a simple rubric for these sorts of essays.  (The rubric is a Microsoft Word document). 

XXX Early in the year, we will focus on developing a main idea and offering support through examples. 
XXX Also, after reading short stories or novel chapters, we will often write short essays in response to
XXX a specific question or theme.  Typically, these essay require the use of examples. 
XXX
3 Write four formal essays per quarter.
XXX This will be worth 25% of the grade for first, second, and fourth quarter. 
XXX We will use a six-traits rubric.  (The rubric is a Microsoft Word document). 
XXX
4 Write a major research paper annually.
XXX This will be done early in the third quarter.  It will be worth 40% of the third quarter grade. 
XXX For that quarter, it will take the place of the other writings.  (See research paper pages.)
XXX
5 Speak or present each quarter.
XXX This will include presentations on poetry or novels, reading drama parts, etc. 
XXX
6 Discuss or debate topics monthly. 
XXX
7 Take and organize notes weekly.
XXX Each student will be required to keep a notebook for these; this will be helpful
XXX  when it comes to studying for the proficiency exams. 
XXX
8 Maintain a portfolio of personal reading and writing. 
XXX Hanging folders are stationed in the back of the English room;
XXX students are required to use these to hold the portfolio.   

XXX The following items should be kept in it, and in this order: 

XXX 1 Reading Record: Keep an up-to-date list of the books you have read.  If you don't already
XXX have one, print off a reading record. 

XXX 2 Mini-Reviews: Print off a copy of your mini-reviews.  Keep them together in one
XXX Microsoft Word file and print them off together. 

XXX 3 Writing Samples: This includes the short weekly essays, the quarterly essays, and
XXX your research paper. 

XXX 4 Short Story Quizzes: Keep all the quizzes from our anthology that you have taken. 

10th Grade Focus: Critical Response and Stance
as per ELA 10  Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page  8

How can I discover the truth about others?
What sacrifices will I make for the truth?
What criteria do I use to judge my values?
How will I stand up for what I value?
What can I do to realize my dreams or visions for the future?
How do I handle others' points of view?
What role does empathy play in how I treat others?
What power do I have as an individual to make positive change?
How do I respond to improper use of power?
How do I determine when taking social action is appropriate?
What voice do I use to be heard?

How to Take a Quiz

Vocabulary--20%
The student will know the questions in this part before he or she sees the quiz--the student should be prepared! Typically, the quiz will be matching synonyms.   The student will have opportunity in class to exercise and review the vocabulary words, but many students will also require some homework study.  The state mandates that the student know the meanings of words encountered frequently in grade-level reading and oral language.  The state also mandates that the student learn the meaning of new words.

Multiple choice--25%
Five straight questions to determine basic understanding of the story and ability to recall. 

Provide Examples--15%
This section of the quiz requires the student to retell up to three events from the text using their own words or phrasing.  Typically, the type of examples asked for require the student to discuss setting, characters, and events in the narrative text. 

Choose and Defend--15%
Students will begin to make connections between the text and themselves.  Using a written response, they will explain these connections between knowledge that they already possess and ideas in text.

Written Response--25%

Students will discuss setting, characters, and events in narrative text

Students will retell up to three events from familiar text using their own words or phrasing

Students will begin to make connections between the text and themselves.  Using a written response, they will explain these connections between knowledge that they already posses and ideas in text

Students will respond to the texts they read.  Sometimes they will respond to individual texts, and sometimes they will respond by comparing and contrasting different texts.  They will find evidence, discuss, and write.  Their responses will reflect on the reading, make meaning, and make connections.