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English 10 Syllabus
Mr. Lee
2013-2014
CHAMPS Charter High School email: slee@champscharter.org

Course Description: Guised in an unassuming office building in Van Nuys, California, English 10 is a course that appears to be like every other of its kind. It will attempt to view the valley of classic works of literature from the lens of a blossoming youth by challenging convention, encouraging risk-taking, and exposing the grandeur of literature. Students will nobly attempt to attain the virtuous qualities of the disciplined essayist. They will be challenged to explore critical thought and conquer the restraints of the self. Students will clench an understanding of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and master them through self-penned expository, narrative, persuasive, and research-based essays. Furthermore, they will nick and claw up an Everest of grammar and vocabulary to reach a summit of limitless syntactical ability and expression for no other reason than as George Mallory believed that, “It was there.”

Course Objectives:
Identify archetypes, universal themes, and motifs common to literary works.
Define literary terms and analyze each author’s use of them.
Strengthen critical thinking skills through literary analysis and class discussions.
Improve composition skills by writing essays on the assigned reading.
Edit, revise, and re-write essays for content, supporting details, and overall structure.
Improve grammar skills and vocabulary through weekly lessons.

Grading Sectors: 100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, 79-70 = C, 69-60 = D, 59-0 = F
Reading 35%
Writing 35%
Participation 15%
Final Exam 15%

Description of Work:

Reading - This sector measures the student’s ability to master reading comprehension and critical thinking. Each student will be asked to respond to literature-based questions by demonstrating an understanding of the texts read. This may take the form of an in-class assignment, a homework assignment, or a quiz/test.

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