Advanced English 10 - Mr. Pinkerton
San Ramon Valley High School
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Welcome to English with Mr. P. This syllabus is your contract for the school year. Please read it carefully and
share it with your parents. I’m looking forward to a great year and getting to know each of you.
CURRICULUM - All curriculum is based on California Content Standards for English studies
There are five main components to this course: literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and critical
thinking. This is a college prep course and it will be rigorous. The general purpose of this course is to teach
you how to analyze a text and then communicate your thoughts. By the end of the course you will be able to
combine all of the five components together and come up with a thoughtful and clear analysis of a piece of text
that displays originality and intelligence.
Electronics are only to be used at appropriate times. Respect the classroom and all class materials.
Be on time and prepared with all necessary materials Question or comment? Raise your hand.
Stuck? Finished? Do something intelligent. Follow directions the first time they are given.
Put downs, hurtful comments, arguments, and Make no enemies – you never know when someone
defiance are not tolerated or permitted. can help you later.
The most important aspect of this whole syllabus is communication. Please see me or e-mail me with
any problems, concerns, praises, or frustrations. I cannot help you if I don’t know what is wrong. I am always
available for help. It is much easier to deal with a situation if you tell me about it earlier rather than later. It is
very difficult for me to help you with a paper the night before it is due, but I guarantee that you will get great
feedback if you come to me several days before. You are responsible for your own learning and if there is
some aspect of the class that you need help with or is not working for you, please come see me.
DEADLINES: English Department Policy
Late work will receive a maximum of 50% of the original grade.
All late work must be turned in within two weeks of the original due date. Otherwise it is a zero.
I will be using a weighted grading scale as follows:
Grammar & Vocab 15%
Finals & Midterms 15%
Misc. Assignments 5%
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You cannot learn if you are not in the classroom. If you are absent or tardy you will be behind the rest of the class
and it will ultimately affect your grade.
You are responsible for making up any missed assignments or tests. I WILL NOT hunt you down to make
up assignments. All missed work can be found online for you to download and work on. You have two
weeks to make up any homework, tests, or quizzes. However, major projects that you have had advanced
notice of are due on the due date WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
Cuts will not be tolerated and will result in serious consequences per school policy. Work CANNOT be
made up from unexcused absences.
Please be on time and prepared for class. Three tardies will result in a detention and every tardy after will
have escalating consequences.
Plagiarism is copying the words and/or the ideas of another person or institution without acknowledging that you
got those words and those ideas from that source. Changing a word or phrase or two in a passage does not change
the reality of plagiarism. If you paraphrase a passage using the same basic vocabulary, maintaining the same
order of ideas, and/or if your paraphrase is approximately the same length as the original, and basically retains
the thought, spirit or language of the original, then you are plagiarizing. (Taken from the Emory University
writing center: http://www.emory.edu).
Any student caught plagiarizing or offering their work for others to plagiarize will receive a zero grade
for that assignment. The student will also receive a detention or Saturday school and be referred to the
administration. This is a very serious offense and I consider it the same as stealing.
You will need a method to organize your handouts and returned papers. This does not mean the
bottom of your backpack. I suggest a 3-ring binder or accordion folder. This along with appropriate writing
utensils (blue/black ink, or pencil), and the novel we are reading must be brought to class everyday.
If you make an effort to support the rest of the class and to make the class environment fun and
challenging, then we can accomplish great things. However, if you choose to think of only yourself and you
bring the rest of the class down, then the class will very quickly become a chore. Positive choices will result in
a happier environment and experience for all of us.
All assignments and documents will be available online exclusively on schoolloop – you must sign up!
Signing below signifies that you have read, understand, and agree to comply with my policies.
Print Student’s Name____________________________ Student’s Signature___________________________
Parent / Guardian’s Signature__________________________________________________________________