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Union Springs High School
Department of English
Course Syllabus
Course: English 10
Instructor: Mr. Fabian
Instructor’s e-mail:
Purpose:  English 10 works as a foundation to prepare students for English 11 and the Common Core English Regents exam.  That foundation consists of the study of reading both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on close reading and vocabulary skills.  The following is a list of possible titles that the instructor may utilize within his classes:

Fiction titles:
Assorted Poetry from different time periods and differing literary periods
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Candide by Voltaire
Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathon Swift
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip

Non-Fiction Titles:
America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals edited by Robert Atwan
Reading Informational Texts: Non Fiction Passages and Exercises Based on the Common Core State Standards
Preparation for State Reading Assessments

What is “Close Reading”?
Essentially, close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) supplies clarification:
 Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately. Directing student attention on the text itself empowers students to understand the central ideas and key supporting details. It also enables students to reflect on the meanings of individual words and sentences; the order in which sentences unfold; and the development of ideas over the course of the text, which ultimately leads students to arrive at an understanding of the text as a whole.

The style of writing that is taught to 10th grade English students is an academic style of writing.  The focus is on both fiction and non-fiction analysis and using and going back to sources for evidence.  MLA style is used on all formal essays and research papers.  Papers are turned in electronically to
In addition to writing the multi-paragraph essay, grammar and style are taught to the students as well.

Grading Policy
Grades are based on the following:
Homework, quizzes, tests, exams, projects, and essays.  In addition, students may earn extra points through consistent and positive classroom participation.  Classroom participation points are added at the discretion of the instructor.  All assignments have due dates.  Any assignment that is handed in past the due date will lose 10 points per day.  No assignment will be accepted beyond four days past due (unless the instructor and the student have come to an agreement). Most homework assignments fall under the “all or nothing” grading policy.  That is if a student completes the entire assignment, they get full credit.  If the assignment is incomplete, they receive a “zero” grade.  No partial credit will be given for incomplete work. If a student has an IEP or 504 plan that allows for additional time on certain types of assignments, that student should confirm a due date with me that conforms to the IEP or 504 plan.

Attendance Policy
State law requires that students be present at school.  For a full definition of legal and illegal absences, please consult the parent/student handbook.  Students who are absent from class are required, upon return to class, to make up all work missed while absent.  If a student is absent on a day when homework is due, the homework must be handed in on the day the student returns to class.  Homework that is assigned on the day that the student is absent is due the following day after the student returns.  If a quiz, test, project, or exam is given on the day of the student’s absence, the student must make that work up on the day they return.  Finally, all essays, since they are handed in on-line, are always due on the day they are due even if the student is absent.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they still hand in the work on-time even though they may not be in school.  Finally, any student who may be leaving school early and will miss English class must still hand in any work that was due on that day.  If a student is in school, they can drop their work off prior to leaving the building.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my e-mail address.  I try to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.




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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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