English 10 Ms. Bodtker, Rm. 20
2008 – 2009 bodtker_i@4j.lane.edu
English Office, Rm. 22
(541) 790-8056
Office Hours: p.3 & p. 7

Welcome to English 10! I look forward to a year of challenging reading, writing, and thinking with you!

Course Content

In this year-long course we will look at how authors and artists express ideas about community through their writing and art. The focus of this class will be writing and discussion to help you express your own ideas more effectively. Readings may include Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Antigone by Sophocles, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We will also look at storytelling through short stories, comics, film, poetry, and essays.
Essay writing is stressed in the sophomore year; by the end of the year students will have learned how to write effective narrative, persuasive, and expository essays. We will also study vocabulary every week, and address issues of grammar and writing conventions throughout the course. Students who successfully complete this class will be prepared for any of the junior/senior level English classes we offer.


Attendance is critical to your success in this class. If you are ill, or your absence is excused for another reason, be sure to have your parent or guardian call the attendance office. Students who accrue five or more unexcused absences will receive partial credit for the class.
You will not be able to make up quizzes or work from any days you miss unless the absence has been excused.

Grading and Assignments

Scores on quizzes, tests, homework assignments, group work, class work, and essays will be compiled to reach a final grade. Reading quizzes and quizzes based on the previous day’s class discussion may be unannounced; it is very important to pay attention to the class discussion and to keep up with the reading.
Grades will be figured in the traditional manner: A= 90 - 100%; B=80 - 89%; C= 70 - 79%; D= 60 - 69%. Please note that a grade of 60% is required to pass the course.
All assignments have deadlines. Late work will be accepted only after an excused absence.
Plagiarism, the use of another person’s work or wording without attribution, will result in zero points for that assignment. Do your own work in your own words on all assignments. Any person assisting another to plagiarize will also lose credit.
The Pass/ No Pass option is not available in English classes.
Appropriate modifications and accommodations will be made for identified special needs.

Classroom Expectations

1. Be on time, in your seat, and ready to work when the bell rings.
2. Come to class prepared! Bring a pencil, black or blue pen, paper and the text.
3. Failure to be prepared may result in a tardy. (See #2!)
4. Participate in the day’s discussion. Listen to others and let them hear your perspective.
5. Electronic devices that are seen or heard or used will be confiscated. Students may pick them up from a school administrator at the end of the day.

Office Hours

I am available for individual help periods 1 and 4 in room 22, the English Department office. Make an appointment if you want to be sure to find me. Let me know if something in the class is not going well for you. We can usually find a solution.

It’s going to be a great year!


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