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English 10
Instructor: Mrs. Heather Block   
English 10
Teacher: Mrs. Heather Block
Email:
heather_block@redlands.k12.ca.us
or heather_block@redlandsschools.net
Phone: (909) 307-5500 ex. 31425

Welcome Class of 2019!

 
Cell Phone/Electronic Device(s) Policy:
Please know all cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and all electronic devices used in class can be confiscated and turned in to the North Campus office.  All confiscations are documented as disciplinary actions.  Please silence your phones, and put these items away during class.
 
 
ENGLISH 10 COURSE INFORMATION:
English 10 is a required course meeting graduation requirements for the State of California.  In order to graduate, this class must be passed. (Check with college requirements for admission. Most colleges will not accept below a C.)

In English 10, we will focus on writing effective essays, grammar conventions, and reading and responding to literature aligned with 10th grade English Common Core standards.


I am so excited to begin the fall semester with amazing students again this year! Please use this webpage to access information about due dates and major assignments. If you need help or have questions, please ask.

ABOUT YOUR TEACHER:
This is my tenth year teaching in the Redlands School District. I began teaching as a substitute in a variety of districts beginning in 2002. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the great community of Redlands at our beautiful Redlands High School campus!
Here is what you should know about me:


I obtained a(n)
-Associate of Arts degree from Crafton Hills College in 2000
-Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from California State University San Bernardino in 2002
-Single Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Redlands in 2006
-Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Redlands in 2008
-Stanford University "Newspaper by the Bay" program  in 2010 (certificate)
-Spatial Literacy Certificate from the University of Redlands in 2013 (certificate program)
-"Making the Classroom a Google Classroom" Professional Development courses at the University of La Verne in 2015
 
 
Common Core Curriculum 2016:
My Perspectives, volume one

 
SEMESTER I READING SELECTIONS

 
UNIT ONE: INSIDE THE NIGHTMARE (August-September)
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe (required whole-class reading)
"House Taken Over" by Julio Cortazar (required whole-class reading)
"How to Tell You’re Reading a Gothic Novel-In Pictures" by Adam Frost and Zhenia Vasiliev (required whole-class reading)

"Where Is Here?" by Joyce Carol Oates (required small-class reading)
Photo Gallery from The Dream Collector by Arthur Tress (required small-class reading)
"Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?" by Allegra Ringo (required small-class reading)
"beware: do not read this poem" by Ishmael Reed (required small-class reading)
"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe (required small-class reading)
"Windigo" by Louise Erdrich (required small-class reading)

"How Maurice Sendak's 'Wild Things' Moved Children's Books Towards Realism" by Gloria Goodale (independent reading)
"Sleep Paralysis: A Waking Nightmare" by Lexi Tucker (independent reading)
"The Feather Pillow" by Horacio Quiroga (independent reading)
"Stone Age Man's Terrors Still Stalk Modern Nightmares" by Robin McKie (independent reading)

UNIT TWO: OUTSIDERS AND OUTCASTS (late September-October)
"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka (required whole-class reading)
"Franz Kafka and Metamorphosis" by BBC Video (required whole-class reading)

"The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield (required small-class reading)
"Sonnet, with Bird" by Sherman Alexie (required small-class reading)
"Elliptical" by Harryette Mullen (required small-class reading)
"Fences" by Pat Mora (required small-class reading)
"Revenge of the Geeks" by Alexandra Robbins (required small-class reading)
"Encountering the Other: The Challenge for the 21st Century" by Ryszard Kapuscinski (required small-class reading)

"The Orphan Boy and the Elk Dog" by Blackfoot (independent reading)
from By Any Other Name by Santha Rama Rau (independent reading)
"Outsider's Art is Saluted at Columbia, Then Lost Anew" by Vivian Lee (independent reading)
"Fleeing to Dismal Swamp, Slaves and Outcasts Found Freedom" by Sandy Hausman (independent reading)

UNIT THREE: EXTENDING FREEDOM'S REACH (late October-December)
"The 'Four Freedoms' Speech" by Franklin D. Roosevelt (required whole-class reading)
"Inaugural Address" by John F. Kennedy (required whole-class reading)
"Inaugural Address" video, John F. Kennedy (required whole-class reading)

"Speech at the United Nations" by Malala Yousfzai (required small-class reading)
"Diane Sawyer Interviews Malala Yousafzai" by ABC News (required small-class reading)
"Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou (required small-class reading)
"Some Advice to Those Who Will Serve Time in Prison" by Nazim Hikmet (required small-class reading)
"The Censors" by Luisa Valenzuela (required small-class reading)
from Freedom of the Press Report 2015 by Freedom House

"Law and the Rule of Law: The Role of Federal Courts" by the Judicial Learning Center (independent reading)
"Misrule of Law" by Aung San Suu Kyi (independent reading)
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut (independent reading)
"Credo: What I Believe" by Neil Gaiman (independent reading)
 
SEMESTER II READING SELECTIONS

UNIT FOUR: ALL THAT GLITTERS (January –February)
“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant (required whole-class reading)
“Civil Peace” by Chinua Achebe (required whole-class reading)
“Fit for a King: Treasures of Tutankhamun” (required whole-class reading)

“In La Rinconada, Peru, Searching for Beauty in Ugliness” by Marie Arana (required small-class reading)
“Avarice” by Yusef Komunyakaa, “The Good Life” by Tracy K. Smith (required small-class reading)
“Money” by Reginald Gibbons (required small-class reading)
“The Golden Touch” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (required small-class reading)
from “King Midas” by Howard Moss (required small-class reading)
“The Thrill of the Chase” by Margie Goldsmith (required small-class reading)

“The Gold Series: A History of Gold” Visual Capitalists (independent reading)
“Ads May Spur Unhappy Kids to Embrace Materialism” by Amy Norton (independent reading)
“A Dose of What the Doctor Never Orders” by Ihara Saikaku (independent reading)
“My Possessions, Myself” by Russell W. Belk (independent reading)
“Heirlooms’ Value Shifts from Sentiment to Cash” by Rosa Salter Rodriguez (independent reading)

UNIT FIVE: VIRTURE AND VENGEANCE (late February-April)
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare  (required whole-class reading)
“En El Jardin de los Espejos Quebrados, Caliban Catches a Glimpse of His Reflection” by Virgil Suarez  (required whole-class reading)
“Caliban” by J.P. Dancing Bear  (required whole-class reading)

“They are hostile nations” by Margaret Atwood (required small-class reading)
“Under a Certain Little Start” by Wistawa Szymborska (required small-class reading)
“Let South Africa Show the World How to Forgive” by Desmond Tutu (required small-class reading)

“The Sun Parlor” by Dorothy West (independent reading)
“The Forgiveness Project: Eric Lomax” from The Forgiveness Project (independent reading)
“A Dish Best Served Cold” by Aminatta Forna (independent reading)
from Shakespeare and the French Poet by Yves Bonnefoy (independent reading)
“What We Plant, We Will Eat” retold by S.E. Schlosser (independent reading)
“Understanding Forgiveness” from PBS (independent reading)
 
 UNIT SIX: BLINDNESS AND SIGHT (late April-June)
Oedipus the King by Sophocles (required whole-class reading)

“The View From the Empire State Building” by Helen Keller (required small-class reading)
“Blind” by Fatima Noot (required small-class reading)
“The Blind Seer of Ambon” by W.S. Merwon (required small-class reading)
“On his Blindness” by Jorge Luis Borges (required small-class reading)
“The Country of the Blind” by H.G. Wells (required small-class reading)
“The Neglect Senses” from For the Benefit of Those Who See by Rosemary Mahoney (required small-class reading)

from Blindness by Jose Saramago (independent reading)
“Dr. Geoffrey Tabin Helps Blind Ethiopians Gain Sight” from ABC NEWS (independent reading)
“How Your Eyes Trick Your Mind” by Melissa Hogenboom (independent reading)
“Blind, Yet Seeing: The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense” by Benedict Carey (independent reading)
“Experiences: I First Saw My Wife Ten Years After We Married” by Shandar Herian (independent reading)
“Visual Neuroscience: Look and Learn” by Apoorva Mandavilli (independent reading)

 

 
 

 
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College Wear Day Extra Credit
Support your university! Every third Thursday of the month, wear your college hat, shirt, hoodie, pants/shorts, or socks to school to get 10 points of extra credit. You cannot earn extra points for wearing two or more. (Extra credit points are applied to Homework category.)
2016-2017 Major Assignments (late assignments can receive half credit for up to two days late)
Late Work Policy
All work is expected on time. On time is defined as work submitted in class when collected on date the assignment is due. Students may submit work early.

Essays, projects, and book reports will have a strict due date. These assignments must be submitted by the deadline. You can submit a late major assignment up to two days post-deadline for half credit. Late assignments turned in more than two days late will receive no credit. If you are anticipating an absence, get your assignment to me by the due date. If you are ill the day an assignment is due, I must have it electronically sent to me on time in order for you to receive credit. Any late essays, projects, or book reports will receive a “0” on the assignment, and will negatively affect grades.


This is a list of major assignments. Due dates will be announced in class and posted online.

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Book Report 1:
Due 10/5

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
10/7

200 points

Book Report 2:
Due 12/7

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
12/9

250 points

Book Report 3:
Due 3/3 IN CLASS

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
CANNOT BE TURNED IN FOR HALF CREDIT, IN-CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT. STUDENTS HAVE ONE WEEK TO MAKE UP BOOK REPORT IF THEY ARE ABSENT 3/3.

200 points

Book Report 4:
Due 5/26

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 5/30

250 points

Unit Project
Unit I Evidence Log:

Due 9/30

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 10/4
400 points

Unit Projects
Unit II Evidence Log:

Due 11/3

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 11/8
250 points

Unit III Evidence Log:
Due 12/12

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 12/14
250 points

Unit Project
Unit IV Evidence Log:

Due 2/22

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 2/27
400 Points

Unit Projects
Unit V Evidence Log:

Due 4/28 by the end of class

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): 5/2
270 points

Unit VI Evidence Log:
Due TBA

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): TBA
250 points


Unit I Essay/ Performance Task:
Due 9/28 by the dismissal bell in class.

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
9/30/16

150 points

Unit II Essay/ Performance Task:
Due TBA

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
TBA

150 points

Unit IV Essay/ Performance Task:
Due TBA

Last Day to Receive half credit (late):
TBA

150 points

Unit V Essay/ Performance Task:
Due 4/28

Last Day to Receive half credit (late): This is a test and cannot be turned in late
150 points

Total 750 points

Total 900 points

Total 750 points

Total 900 points

Homework may be submitted up to 2 days late, but will receive 50% of the original assignment points.
WARNING: DUE DATES ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR!
Are you aware of what is due?  Check this website and the board in class for information on assignment due dates.
After School Office Hours
Make arrangements to meet with me

Class Files
 Directions for Emailing Attachments.docx
Use these directions to email any attachment, such as a document, PowerPoint, etc., to Mrs. Block or Ms. Hodson.
 Student_Access_of_MyPersp
ectives_Online.docx
Use this to help you log into the online textbook.
 RHS Writing Rubric (Sophomore).pdf
Essays will be graded based upon this criteria.
 Basic Writing Expectations for 10th Grade.docx
Includes an example of how to cite your textbook on a Work Cited page.
 Parts of an Essay.pdf
Explanation of how to put together an essay.
 UNIT V Evidence Log.docx
Use this Evidence Log for Unit V.
 Small Group Performance Task.docx
Use this document for your group performance task 4/19-4/24.
 Book Report #4.docx
Choose either Ray Bradbury's novel or William Golding's novel for your book report #4 and upload this completed document to the dropbox by 11:59:59 p.m. on April 28. Last day to accept this book report #4 choice is May 2.
 Book Report #4 Fahrenheit 451 Project.docx
Ray Bradbury's novel work for book report #4. Due May 26 by 11:59:59 p.m. Late book reports are half credit. Last day to accept late book reports is May 30.
 Lord of the Flies book report #4.doc
William Golding's novel work for book report #4. Due May 26 by 11:59:59 p.m. Late book reports are half credit. Last day to accept late book reports is May 30.
Class Contacts
+ Block, Mrs. Heather
+ Hodson, Ms. Sondra
Click on name to see details.

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