Mr. Celaya

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Mr. Celaya

 English 10H utilizes a core literature program that is structured by the California State Standards for

Secondary Education.  This process guides the student through the five main reading and writing strands:

 Word Analysis/Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Literary Response and Analysis,

Writing Strategies, and English Language Conventions.  The reading and writing domains will be highly

1. To develop reading strategies to enable students to become independent readers by increasing

fluency, development, and organization.

2. To enhance writing fluency, development, and organization.

3. To enhance understanding and appreciation of literary genres.

4. To emphasize the importance of the study of literature as it relates to the individual and society.

5. To increase vocabulary skills through the study of roots, the study of literature, the practice of

writing, and the application of word origins.

6. To advance knowledge and skills in the use of Standard English grammar through the study of

7. To develop and advance critical thinking skills via oral and written literary expression and

8. To enhance listening and speaking skills.

9. To develop a life-long appreciation of reading.

10. To prepare the student for further Honors/Advanced Placement studies.

4. Response to Literature Analysis

5. Summarization/Author’s Purpose/Organization

7. Informational or Functional Writing

A. Students are expected to read a minimum of 900 pages and complete 3 Book Analyses.

Book Analysis due dates: 2/13, 4/3, 5/22. Students may always turn in Book Responses before

B. Any book that is required reading for another class, regardless of whether or not the student is

currently enrolled or was previously enrolled in that class, will not be given Book Response credit.

VII. Speech Component – Oral Presentations

VIII. Basic Grading Scale: A 90-100%  B:  80-89.9%  C:  70-79.9%  D:  60-69.9%  F:  0-59.9%

Classwork/Homework: 20%

Independent Reading 10%

B.  The teacher will utilize PowerSchool to allow students and parents access to current grades

C.  Grades will be updated by the teacher a minimum of once every two weeks.  

D.  Essays/Major assignments may take longer to grade and enter.

E. If a student is earning a D or an F, he or she will be required to attend tutorial

until he or she raises the grade to a C.

A.   Work will be accepted according to District policy. Refer to Student/Parent Handbook.

A.    Long-term assignments (process essay, project, book response) are due in class on the

assigned due date regardless of whether the student is present or absent, or whether the absence is

excused. No credit will be given for unverified or unexcused absences or “cuts”.  

B.    Late work will be accepted one day late with an 11% grade reduction (highest grade possible

C.    Late work will be accepted two days late with a 21% grade reduction (highest grade possible

D.   Assignments turned in more than two days late will receive no credit.

A. Be considerate of fellow students and teacher.

C. Adhere to the DHS tardy, dress code, and electronics use policies, which will be strictly enforced.

D. All student work must be your own. Do not plagiarize (the act of presenting someone else’s ideas

or words as your own without citing the source). All instances of academic dishonesty (including cheating

and plagiarism, whether from another student, person, book, or a source on the Internet) will be referred

to the Vice Principal for disciplinary action and a 2-day in-school suspension.

Plagiarism looks like Plagiarism doesn’t look like

 Giving someone answers on any

 Communicating related information to

another student in any way during a test

 Handing your work to someone else for

them to use—even if you didn’t believe

that it was their intention to copy you.

 Copying or passing off information on

the Internet without giving credit to the

 Having more than 20% of your paper (or


 Helping a fellow student independently

understand an assignment through working with

them directly (and not showing them the answers).

 Working together on homework as long as each

student independently understands the final work

that they are turning in and writes all work in their

own words.

 Using a dictionary or thesaurus for reference.

 Using information online and citing it with

MLA format.

A.   All process essays are required to be typed. No time in class will be afforded to type essays.

Technology, ink, and printing issues are not considered a legitimate excuse to turn in an assignment late.

Essays are due at the beginning of the class period on the date due, unless otherwise announced.

B.   Essays must follow MLA format: 1-inch margins, double spaced, serif font, 10- to 12-point

C.   Essays must be edited for grammar/spelling/typing errors. If it is apparent that your paper

was not proofread, you may fail the essay.

D.   Good ideas for every class: Keep all notes and prewriting/drafts for each process essay. Save

drafts as “1984 Draft 1”, “1984 Draft 2”, etc; so if there is ever a question of plagiarism you have proof of

your thinking and your work. Keep an electronic copy of your final essay. You may want to print two

copies of your final draft—one to turn in, one to keep on file for yourself.

A. 3-ring binder with index divider tabs

B. 8 1/2 x 11 lined paper, 200 count. A deduction of 10% of available points will be made from any

papers submitted with torn-out edges. Perforated sheets neatly removed are acceptable.

C. Pens – dark blue or black ink. Work written in other ink colors may not be accepted.

E. Composition book—NOT spiral bound.

A.   Homework will be assigned 4-5 days a week. Homework generally consists of reading assignments and

preparation for the next day’s discussion, process essay drafting, or team projects.

B.   All homework is due the next day, unless otherwise notified by the teacher.

C.   If absent, the student is responsible for requesting homework. If the class has been given a reading

schedule, the student must complete the reading and be prepared to discuss with the class upon his or her

 be self-motivated and willing to do more than what is asked or required.

 be tolerant of other people’s opinions.

 accept instruction and constructive criticism in order to improve oral, written, and

 take full responsibility of all assignments.

 make attendance a priority and make-up missed work without prompting

 listen carefully in class and take notes.

 follow directions without excessive need for clarification. If extra clarification is needed,

take advantage of tutorial as an opportunity for a teacher conference.

 prioritize one’s learning as an on-going process by refraining from procrastination and

 demonstrate superior knowledge of the course content by analysis and synthesis of a

variety of topics in class discussion, writings, and assessment situations.

Text Titles

The Language of Literature, McDougal Littell, 2006.

Language Network, McDougal Littell, 2001.

Writers INC, A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning, Great Source Education Group, 2001.


A futuristic novel warning against totalitarianism. Some violence, mature topics, adult language.

Told in diary format, a futuristic novel set in a society where individualism has been abolished. Some

In an effort to make sense of his life, the main character argues against the phoniness of adults and

searches for truth. Adult language, some violence, mature topics.

A close look into the evils of the human heart. Violence, mature topics.

Innocence and trust contrast with manipulation and evil in one of Shakespeare’s most compelling

tragedies.  Some violent scenes, mature topics.

The classic story coming-of- age story focusing on racial tensions in a small town.  Some violence; adult

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

An intense look into the nature of what it means to be human. Contains some violence and mature topics.

Supplemental Materials

Various Current Medical articles, journals, case studies, etc.

Such readings will explore relevant Medical topics.

1965 stage version starring Lawrence Olivier as Othello. Contains mature topics.

To Kill a Mockingbird Not rated

Classic film adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.  Contains mature topics.

TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading Not rated

Note: Other works may be shown/used in class at teacher’s professional