• English 10A Syllabus


    Instructor:  Mrs. Danielle Shields

    E-Mail:  dshields@augusta.k12.va.us


    Buffalo Gap High School Honor Code:  As a student of Buffalo Gap High School, I understand that I am expected to conduct myself honorably in the pursuit of my education.  Cheating, plagiarism, and fraud violate ethical and moral rules of conduct and will not be tolerated at Buffalo Gap High School.  Buffalo Gap High School should exist as a community of trust. 


    Course Description:  Students in English 10A will work toward becoming skillful readers, listeners, writer, and viewers through a variety of experiences including the study of plays, novels, short stories, and poetry.  The focus will be on a historical and cultural survey of World Literature. Students will also continue weekly vocabulary study.  Grammar review and writings will also be emphasized throughout the semester.  Students will also be responsible for a research project using primary and secondary sources.  Assigned and self-selected, independent reading will be a classroom ritual. 


    Materials Needed:  Students are expected to bring the following materials to class every day:

    • Literature Book and/or novel
    • Large three-ring binder
    • Plenty of loose leaf notebook paper
    • Dividers (Warm-Ups, Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing, Literature)
    • Writing Utensils (pencils, black and blue ink pens)


    Classroom Procedures:  Students are expected to follow the procedures outlined below daily:

    • Writing: The students are to write formally and informally during designated class times.  The teacher will provide prompts as guides.  Quickwrites are informal and are graded based on content, not mechanics.  Formal writing assignments will be graded based on rubrics that include specifics about content and mechanics.
    • Vocabulary: The students will be given a list of vocabulary words at the beginning of class each week.  The teacher and students will review the terms and definitions together.  Students are responsible for completing the complementing activities.  There will be a final test at the end of each week.
    • Reading: A large portion of the class is dedicated towards reading literature from the textbook, novels, and handouts.  The teacher will give these assignments on a daily basis.
    • Related Activity: The students will complete activities during class related to the material read and/or reviewed.  The teacher will give these assignments daily.
    • Homework: Because this is an advanced class that tries to prepare students for the reality of higher level advanced and AP courses, students should expect homework to be given on a daily basis.  Students are expected to complete homework assignments by the given due date.
    • Binders: Students are expected to keep up with their binders.  The teacher is willing to help students maintain organization if students ask for assistance. 


    Students Responsibilities:  Students are expected to attend class regularly with all materials and to keep up with writing assignments, reading assignments, and vocabulary assignments.  Students are expected to make up missed work due to absences, to contribute to class discussions, and to follow departmental and classroom procedures.  Failure to comply with the responsibilities can be reflected in the student’s grade.


    Students Behavior:  Students are responsible for exhibiting standard classroom behavior.  This means students will remain in their seats until dismissed, work quietly, and treat all those in the classroom with respect and tolerance.  Failure to comply with standard classroom behavior will result in disciplinary action.  Students are expected to come to class everyday.  It is the student’s responsibility to get all missed work from the teacher.  This class is in compliance with Augusta County policy concerning excused and unexcused absences. Make-up work should be submitted within three days of the absence for full credit.  Tests may be made up before or after school, at lunch, or during activity period, but not during class time.  Deadlines are not extended for work missed due to club meeting or other school-related activities.


    Grading:  Students are graded on a point system.

    • In-class daily activities: 10- 50 points
    • Homework: 10-50 points
    • Quizzes: 25-75 points
    • Tests: 100-150 points
    • Projects: 100-200 points
    • Papers: 100 Points
    • Participation (preparedness, discussion, and note taking): 10% of all class points
      • Major assignments (essays, tests, and projects) are worth 50% of the student’s grade.
      • Minor assignments (quizzes) are worth 40% of the student’s grade.
      • Participation assignments (in-class daily activities, homework, and classroom participation) are worth 10% of the student’s grade.


    Computer Use:  Students are required to complete and submit a signed Acceptable Use Policy in order to use computers at school.  Some class work will require the use of school computers; a signed copy of the policy must be on file in order for students to complete these required assignments.  When the students use the internet, only educational-related sites may be visited.  Failure to comply will be in violation of the school’s policy.




    Course Overview:  Please note that the sequence may be subject to change.

                First Six Weeks

    • Warm-up exercises
    • Vocabulary
    • Quickwrites
    • Grammar review (parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, phrases/clauses, comma usage)
    • Writing (emphasis on document-based and narrative)
    • Novel study - Night
    • Literature (Short stories, essays)


    Second Six Weeks

    • Warm-up exercises
    • Vocabulary
    • Quickwrites
    • Grammar review (parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, phrases/clauses, comma usage)
    • Theatre
      • Theatre terminology
      • Study of Greece
      • Antigone
      • Group work with plays
    • Writing (emphasis on persuasive)
    • materials
      • Marketing project
    • Independent reading – Things Fall Apart
    • Literature (Short stories, essays)


    Third Six Weeks

    • Warm-up exercises
    • Vocabulary
    • Quickwrites
    • Poetry Unit
      • Figurative language
      • Poetry collection project
    • Writing (emphasis on expository)
    • Career Unit
      • Research paper
    • Independent reading (Student Selection)
      • Project with oral presentation
    • Literature (Short stories, essays)




Last Modified on July 30, 2019