Ms. Maletta / 10th Grade English Honors ADAM Syllabus
This course is one of the most practical and impractical courses you will take in high school. On the one hand, it
helps you develop a crucial life skill--the skill of interpretation--which you already use every day of your life.
When you listen to a song on the radio, watch a movie, or even converse with a friend, you use your knowledge
of language, plot, and character to make sense of your experience. By increasing this knowledge, this course
will make you a better "reader" of your world. On the other hand, much of the appeal of literature lies in its
impractical nature--its beauty, its humor, the way it makes us feel. Thus, while this course will improve your
ability to function in the world, it also will help you to escape from it for a while.
As you read, write, and think over the course of this school year, please keep the following objectives in mind:
Deeper appreciation of language and literature: Our primary objective is to expand our understanding of
how words in print make meaning. You will become conversant with many linguistic and bibliographic terms,
formal features of literature and genres while always examining the way those forms shapes meaning.
Broader understanding of the humanities: To study literature is to study life. As we immerse ourselves in
these works and the historical periods in which they were written, we will become more adept at analyzing
human thought (perception, motivation, relation), philosophy (free will, determinism, good, evil), and social
issues (racism, feminism, economics). This course will focus on conflicts in one’s life – internal and external
which shape who we are and who we become as we grow older.
Expanded cultural literacy: Because of the allusive nature of all language, particularly literature, names
constitute a crucial part of a person's vocabulary. As we study these novels and their context, you will expand
your cultural vocabulary to include the names of many people and characters, places, events, and movements.
You will also expand your vocabulary to include terms relevant to the time period in which they were written
and how language and words have evolved over time and the impact words have on our world and ourselves.
Reading: As we read this challenging literature, you not only will expand your vocabulary and your ability to
extract meaning from sophisticated syntax, but also will learn to infer information about audience and purpose,
thus preparing yourself to interpret the complex, often veiled messages you encounter in law, business, and the
media. There will be in-class and home reading assignments throughout the year. We will also work on group
reading assignments which will incorporate a project upon completion of the novel.
Research: You will learn to complement the knowledge you accumulate in class with knowledge you gather on
your own through research. In addition to becoming familiar with standard literary reference materials (The
MLA Bibliography), you will polish several general research skills (paraphrasing, quoting, documenting).
Communication/Written Expression: In a variety of assignments and other activities, you will begin to master
various aspects of writing (argumentation, short stories, literary analysis, speeches, comparison/contrast,
cause/effect, narratives, persuasive, expository, proofing, editing, grammar), speaking (inflection eye contact,
body movement, diction, gestures, posture), and graphic presentation. There will be a variety of oral
presentations in class which you will present as individuals and as groups.
Technology: To complement these other skills, you will learn to make effective use of technology to find and
share information. By the end of the course, you will be able to find material on the World Wide Web and also
incorporate technology skills from your ADAM classes to present quality presentations to the class in group and
My class rules consist of the LEARN policy that I created. These rules are outlined as followed:
Listen and follow directions exactly the first time.
Enter class each day on time and prepared with supplies and ready to work at the bell.
Always ready to work the entire class period. Socializing and wasting class time will not be tolerated.
Raise your hand to be acknowledged at all times. No free movement about the class will be permitted.
Never insult others. Always show respect in the classroom for the teacher, themselves and fellow
students. No rude, insulting or vulgar language will be tolerated. Students will be removed from class
immediately and sent to the Dean for disciplinary actions.
First time: Verbal Warning
Second time: Before School Detention and parent notification
Third time: Referral to Dean for further Disciplinary Actions.
Students will receive “Unsatisfactory” or “Needs Improvement” behavior grades for continuous
interruptions of classroom time. This type of behavior will not be tolerated at all and will be dealt with
This class follows the school’s policy regarding electronic devices and tardiness to class. If a cell phone or any
electronic devices are on, out or in view at any time during the school day, the student will be required to
surrender the device and it will be given to the Dean with a referral. With regards to tardiness to class, students
will be given a warning for the first infraction. If the student is tardy for a second time, they will receive a
morning detention and parents will be notified. Students tardy to class any additional times will be issued a
referral to the Deans. A student is considered late if they are not completely inside the classroom at the tardy
bell. The school tardy policy starts new at the beginning of each semester.
Classroom Expectations and Procedures will be covered the first two days of school and students will be
expected to follow all classroom rules, expectations and procedures in order to have a successful year.
Planners should be brought to class each day and all assignments should be written down. Students will need to
have their own planners in class in order to leave the class for any purpose which includes the use of the
restrooms. Since we only have 47 minutes of instructional time each class period, it is strongly encouraged that
students utilize the restrooms before or after class.
All homework and projects are due on the assigned due date. There will be NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED
FOR ANY REASON except for an excused absence. Excused absent students will be allowed to make up all
work and should see me immediately upon their return to class for their makeup work. If a student is in school
on the day an assignment is due and they leave school before coming to class, they are required to drop off the
assignment before leaving or that assignment will not be accepted.
Grades will be determined on a point system. Each assignment will be worth a specified number of points.
Each student will receive a unique three-digit number. Students are encouraged not to share this number with
other students. Grades will be posted in class each week on Monday using the three-digit code assigned to the
individual students. All grades will also be posted on Edline and parents are strongly encouraged to view their
student’s grades and assignments on Edline each Monday.
My class webpage is updated each week with important information pertaining to my class. Students and
parents are strongly encouraged to view the webpage each week. All information related to upcoming
assignments, projects, tests dates and relevant information regarding my course will be published on the pages
within my website. Please ensure that you keep up-to-date with this site and your student’s Edline grades for all
information regarding this class. You may access my webpage by going to
www.teacherweb.com/fl/vierahighschool/maletta. You may also access this website through my EDLINE page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the school or email me at:
Thank you and I look forward to spending a very productive year with your son or daughter.
Ms. Maletta - Viera High School
10th Grade English Honors
Tenth Grade English Honors ADAM
Viera High School
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My policy is to contact all parents/guardians either by email or phone to inform you of any issues or
concerns regarding your son or daughter.
Please return this form back to Ms. Maletta no later than
Monday, August 16, 2010.
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set up an email mailing list of all parents. Please write your
son/daughter’s name in the subject line of the email. Your child
will receive a grade for this.