Course Syllabus

  • ENGLISH 10 REGENTS SYLLABUS                            E-mail:


    Sobkowski – K10                                                                                                




    English 10 is a course that follows the Common Core Standards.  Students enrolled in this course can expect to:

    -          Analyze various types of literary and informational pieces.

    -          Develop a personal response and interpretation of literary and informational texts.

    -          Examine both content and structural elements, such as literary and rhetorical techniques, to improve our understanding of literature.

    -          Cite specific evidence from texts to support claims.

    -          Write argumentative and expository essays.

    -          Use language effectively in class discussions to develop interpersonal communication skills.




    I.      Summer Reading Unit (Night by Elie Wiesel)

    II.    Short Stories

    III.   Non-fiction (speeches, essays, articles, etc.)

    IV.  Drama/Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Sophocles’ Antigone)

    V.    Novels (may include A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.)



    You will have many opportunities to demonstrate that you understand the material we cover in class. All grades are weighted on a point system.  Here are examples of how many points a typical assignment might carry:

                                             Homework             10 to 20          

                                             Classwork             10 to 20

                                             Quizzes                  10 to 30          

                                             Writing                   10 to 100

                                             Tests                       50 to 100






    Regular attendance and class participation are important to succeeding in this course.  There will be a daily participation grade of two points—one point for being present and on task, the second point for being prepared with necessary materials (a blue/black pen, paper, binder, books, etc.).  For a typical five-day week, a student will have a 10-point assignment on the portal.

    -          If a student has a legal absence, he or she will have up to a week to recover points through make-up work and staying during office hours if necessary.

    -          If a student has an illegal absence, the student will receive 0 unrecoverable points for the missed class. 

    -          A student who puts his/her head down during class will also receive 0 unrecoverable points for the “missed” class.




    • When a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to seek out and obtain any missing assignments, handouts, or notes.  All handouts can be found in the bin in the front of the class.  Ask a classmate for any notes missed.
    • If absent on the day that an assignment is due, the student is expected to turn in the assignment immediately upon his or her return to school.
    • If a student is absent on a day when a quiz or test is taken, the student needs to make it up within three consecutive school days during 10th period or during a study hall.  Please see me upon return to make any necessary arrangements.  A ZERO will be given to any student who fails to show up for a make-up he/she has arranged.
    • A reminder that students with excused absences can also recover the two-point participation grade for that absence.  (Please see me upon return to make any necessary arrangements.)




    -          Homework will look different from week to week or unit to unit.  Often, homework will be a reading assignment.  A student should always expect a pop reading quiz after a reading assignment.

    -          Some homework assignments will be handouts (vocabulary review, literary term worksheets, etc.)  Some of these homework assignments will be collected; others will be checked and reviewed in class.

    • Late homework will only be accepted one day after the original due date.  There is a 10 percent deduction for late work.  Late work will not be accepted if we go over the assignment in class.  Homework checks cannot be made up.





    • A 3-ring binder (1-1 ½ inches recommended)
    • Tab dividers
    • White loose-leaf paper
    • Black or blue ink pens; pencils for scantrons only
    • Highlighters