Dear Students & Guardians/Parents,
Hello and welcome to 10th grade English at Muriel Williams Battle High School! We are Mr. Greg Soden and Ms. Nicole Overeem and we are very excited about working with you and your child. We are excited to have a successful school year in room G210.
In 10th grade English, students’ instruction focuses on a multi-genre, interdisciplinary approach where reading and writing is used in the context of social inquiry. In 10thgrade, the focus is on World Literacy – the ability to effectively read, discuss, and compose texts related to global issues and cultures throughout the world.
In 10thgrade, students will continue to master reading, writing, and verbal skills. In reading, students should start to analyze complex texts, characters, and ideas and must begin to understand the cumulative impact that individual details make as part of a coherent whole. In writing, students need to begin to anticipate their audience and, when appropriate, maintain an objective tone while adhering to conventions of a particular discipline. When speaking, students will propel conversations with a well-reasoned exchange of ideas while acknowledging diverse perspectives and relating the discussion to broad themes. Students’ understanding of English grammar should expand to understand how language functions in different contexts and to include the artistic nature of language.
In English 10, we will explore the use of multiple technological tools, such as digital assignment submissions, digital e-books, and online course content availability through Blackboard. Information and syllabi are available for all of our courses through the Battle High School website within the teacher profile pages.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us anytime; however, keep in mind that we are teaching a full class schedule and will contact you as soon as possible. We are always enthusiastic to speak with you about how we can best serve you and your student. Call us at school or email us anytime if you wish to talk!
Gregory Soden Nicole Overeem
Welcome to English 10! Contacting Ms. Overeem
Phone: (573) 214-3300
Contacting Mr. Soden
School Phone: (573) 214-3300
Course materials will be available at our Blackboard site (Blackboard is available as a free iPad app; we will download this app together in class and explore)
Grading Scale If you turn in assignments on time, you will always have the chance to revise to receive a higher grade. All students will receive a grade on the following scale.
A 94-100 C 73-76
90-93 C- 70-72
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 83-86 D 63-66
80-82 D- 60-62
C+ 77-79 F 59 and below
The Order of the Spartans: CHARGE!!
Challenge: Be determined to succeed
Seek help as needed
Practice writing, reading, and good verbal skills inside and outside the school day
Use all support resources (Mr. Soden, Spartan Time, tutoring, Blackboard and useful websites as given in class
Help Mr. Soden keep the classroom clean (trust me, I need it!)
Advocate: Empower and embrace differences
Always listen when others are speaking
Express yourself civilly always (especially in moments of disagreement)
Ask questions frequently to extend our diverse knowledge
Respect: Value self, others, and community
Take care of the classroom and school
Water is encouraged for good health
Be courteous of others (classroom communication norms)
Give: Serve your school and community
Join clubs or sports!
Volunteer in your community!
Attend Spartan Time to get help/help your peers
Engage: Be accountable and be involved
Be an active learner
Meet your obligations in group work a
Contribute to class discussion
2014-15 Class Procedures & Expectations In order to be productive, societies need procedures to stay organized. Procedures are a fact of every day life in nearly everything we do. We board airplanes in a certain manner and drive cars in other ways. Our class will be no different and will be organized in a certain manner so that students know exactly what to expect every day in class. This list is extensive, but is designed so that each student can reach maximal amounts of success in English 10.
If you as a student feel lost, disorganized, or want to practice anything related to English 10, consider attending Spartan Time. If your grade falls below a 73% or you have scored below 73% on multiple assessments, attend Spartan Time. If you wish to practice your verbal presentations or want to practice your editing, please arrange time with me.
Reading, writing, and verbally communicating are necessary and challenging skills that are required for long-term success in life. Each is difficult but we promise that if you have anything you want to practice, we will be there for you.
We will work almost to the bell every class period. I will give you time to get ready for departure.
There will be a task projected on to the screen every day for you to work on immediately upon entry into the classroom. The task will vary from day-to-day and will utilize different reading, writing, and speaking skills, but you should begin as soon as you enter and are seated.
Homework & turning in assignments
We will turn in hard copies in the designated turn-in tray for your class.
Some work may be turned in via email when arranged
There will be assigned seats in my classroom in order to help me get to know you better and faster. Your seats at the start of the year are not permanent.
In the classroom, all students and teachers are expected to address each other in a respectful tone. We will debate, discuss, challenge, and critique each other, but all communication will be done civilly.
If you are going to be absent or if you have an excused absence, you are responsible for looking at my website to retrieve instructions and due dates or by contacting me. You are expected to turn in work within the amount of days that you are absent (i.e. five days absent equals five days to turn in the assignment)
All assignments are officially due on the due date, but any assignment can be turned in at any time by submitting a “late assignment application” form.
All assignments will be available on our Blackboard site and in my classroom. Please see the calendar on my website for due dates. Make sure you have the Blackboard app downloaded.
Do your work to the fullest of your ability. Students discovered to completing work dishonestly will forfeit all points attached to that assignment and will require a conference with home.
It is very important that you attend as many classes as possible. Class discussion and work are often extremely rewarding and are difficult/impossible to recreate outside of class. One class per day absent is acceptable to turn in missed work. Students are responsible for finding all class work missed and completing it within the acceptable time frame. Missed assessments (presentations, writings, projects, etc.) must be made up within ONE WEEK. The student is responsible for arranging the time to make up the assessment before/after school or during Spartan Time.
Please come see me if you know you will be absent.
When you finish a task…
If you finish a task to the best of your ability with time remaining, you are expected to continue working. Some suggestions are: editing a paper; reading a class or voluntary book/article silently; determining if any assignments are missing and complete, etc. You will not be allowed to disturb others.
Follow the class norms: a) Hear all sides equally; b) Listen well enough to respond to and build upon each other’s ideas; c) Talking loudly is not a substitute for reasoning; d) Back up opinions with clear reasons; e) Speak one at a time; f) Address all using respectful language
Working cooperatively/Group work
We will work together frequently individually, in pairs, in small groups, and as a class whole. You will oftentimes be assigned to work with your seatmate or those near you. It is expected that you will work with one and all without disturbing the class about your grouping. In groups, you should contribute and strive to be an equal member. Contributions are necessary in society and these collaborations will prepare you for the rest of your life.
Ensuring you have your materials
Bring your iPad, a notebook, and writing utensils every day