Department: English Course: English 10 Teacher: Ms. Rizzi-Lorenz


Mrs. Rizzi-Lorenz ~ English 10                                                                            Course Syllabus

Required Works

  1. The British Tradition (text book on iPad)
  2. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  3. Macbeth, William Shakespeare (in the etext book)
  4. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  6. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  7. Vocabulary Workbook App Level E (for iPad)
  8. Additional Common Core reading will be incorporated over the course of the year.

Required Materials

Students are required to bring the following materials to class every day:

Course Description

    Welcome to English 10!  This is a fantastic course that will focus on British Literature from its earliest works to the present day. We will explore the origin and roots of the English language and observe how the language has morphed from the Old English of the Anglo Saxons to the current English we speak today. We will cover some really great literature, hopefully have some interesting discussions, and challenge ourselves to think and interpret beyond our usual boundaries.  Throughout the year, tenth grade students will improve their analytical writing skills and receive formal instruction in grammar rules and usage as well as the literary essay.  Students will be exposed to selections of poetry and prose that continue to reinforce various literary terms and poetic devices learned in ninth grade.

          All students will sign up for the class page on GOOGLE CLASSROOM and log in daily to check for assignments and announcements.  On days students will be working from home, they will use this page to access the GOOGLE MEET link to join the class remotely. Remote students are expected to log in on time for class and remain online and active for the FULL 40 minute class period.  All homework, quizzes, exams and major writing assignments will be announced on this GOOGLE CLASSROOM page. Students are responsible for checking this web site daily for updates and therefore will not be reminded to complete any missed work by the teacher.   Homework and written assignments should be neat, presented with the proper heading and must be handed in on time.  There will be approximately 10 written assignments per quarter in addition to daily reading assignments.  Students receive a homework grade worth up to 100 points for the quarter, approximately 10 points per assignment.  Late, incomplete or missing assignments will result in a deduction of points from this grade.  Assignments submitted over an hour past the designated time due will be considered late and will receive no more than half credit.  Assignments more than one (1) day late will not receive credit.   Students receive a class work grade worth 50 points for the quarter. Excessive absence or bathroom use (without a valid doctor's note), lateness, unpreparedness and inappropriate classroom behavior will result in a deduction of points from this grade (approximately 5 points per offense) and repeated offenses will result in disciplinary action.  Should a student choose to cut class, this grade will automatically be reduced by 25 points.  Any exam, quiz or assignment distributed that day must be made up and will receive no more than 75%.  Students who are absent from class are responsible for making up all work missed during their absence, including homework, quizzes and exams.  Students absent on the day of an exam will make up the exam on the first day they return to school or the grade will become a zero.  All make-ups are in class.  It is the students’ responsibility to approach me and request a make-up date.  If a student is absent the day of a pop quiz, his or her next pop quiz grade will be counted twice to cover the missing grade.  

      Students are expected to be in dress code at all times, including masks, and to comply with the school cell phone policy.  Mask breaks will be given at the end of each class during which time students must remain seated and silent.  Cell phones are NEVER to be out in the classroom. Students will lose five (5) points from the class work grade each time this cell phone policy is disobeyed.   Students are expected to have their fully charged iPads in class everyday and are expected to use this technology responsibly.  They are expected to remain on task, working with the class and not updating social media, playing games, using apps, adjusting settings or browsing random sites.   Any student who does not comply with this expectation will lose five points or more for each violation depending on the offense. iPads must remain flat on the students’ desks at all times. Students, BOTH in class AND remote learning, are prohibited from photographing or recording anything in the class, whether audio or video, without the express permission of the teacher.  Students who do not follow this directive will lose 25 points from their class work grades AND receive detention for each offense.  Repeated offenses will result in further, more serious disciplinary action.

     Students’ quarterly grades will be based on the total average of all exams, quizzes, essays, homework and class work.  All exams will be announced at least 3-4 days before test day.  Vocabulary quizzes will be given approximately once per cycle.  Quizzes will be given periodically and may or may not be announced.  Students are required to keep a record of these grades and are responsible for informing their parents of their progress. New grades are regularly entered into Parent Connect and parents are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their child's progress throughout the quarter.  Any parent who has a question regarding grades should email me at [email protected] Students, BOTH in class AND remote learning, are expected to participate regularly.  Class participation will be taken into consideration at grading time and may offer the addition of 1-3 extra credit points per quarter.  This is the only extra credit students should expect over the course of the school year.


Sample Student Grade:                        Class Total*                 Student Total

                                                            Test 1: 100                                   96

                                                            Test 2: 100                                   84

                                          Vocabulary Quiz 1:  20                                 26

                                          Vocabulary Quiz 2:  20                                 24

                                          Vocabulary Quiz 3:  20                                 20

                                          Vocabulary Quiz 4:  20                                 28

                                          Vocabulary Quiz 5:  20                                 20

                                           Homework Grade: 100                                90

                                         Class Work Grade:   50                                  50

                                                   Pop Quiz 1:    10                                   10

                                                   Pop Quiz 2:    10                                     8

                                                          Quiz 3:    25                                    20

                                                            Essay: 100                                    85

                Total possible points for the quarter: 595           Student’s Total: 541


                                              Student’s total   541/595   Class total = 0.909 or 90.9


                                                            Student’s quarter average = 91

                                                                       Participation Credit   + 1


                                                            Student’s quarter average = 92

* Class Total may vary each quarter depending on the number of exams/quizzes administered.

     Lastly, students are expected to adhere to the school’s Honor Code regulations and are therefore expected to treat their classmates and teacher with respect.  The Honor Code will be strictly enforced in this class and students caught copying homework, cheating on exams or quizzes, (whether supplying answers or receiving them), or plagiarizing will be dealt with according to school policy.


      This will be a very different type of school year for all of us.   All I can ask of you is to do your best, be open minded, and be flexible. We are in this together. I'm looking forward to this course and to getting to know you better as the year progresses!  Do not hesitate to speak with me should you have any questions or concerns. While British Literature can be challenging, I am confident that you will push yourselves to be the best English scholars you can be.  Always remember these words from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!" This year will be what we make of it. Let us do our best to make it great one!