Mrs. Jessica Keim » 10th Grade English

10th Grade English

Mrs. Jessica Keim

(814)447-5529 ext. 2205

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Course Description:

In tenth grade, students analyze various forms of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. The focus is on theme development, author’s beliefs, point of view, text structure, and rhetoric. Students will write using sufficient facts, concrete details, quotations. This class will focus on developing reading and writing skills. This course will focus on meeting the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards for Literature

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  • Improve writing abilities.
  • Establish strategies to aid in reading comprehension
  • Expand upon oral communication
  • Better interpret what is read

Required Materials:

★  Binder ( at least 1”)

  • Notebook

★Loose-leaf composition paper for binder

★Writing utensil


Students are expected to arrive on time and prepared. Students who are late are expected to have a pass. Three tardies will result in a write-up. If a student misses a class, it is his/her responsibility to get the missed assignments and turn them in. Late work will be accepted for full credit only in the case of an excused absence. Tests will be made up in class on the first day the student returns to class, and the students will be responsible for making up work missed during that class period. Students will be required to complete reading assignments, both inside and outside of class. Independent work, group work and partner work are all important aspects of this class. Students are expected to remain on task in all settings. It is expected for students to put their best effort into their assignments. Technology is used heavily throughout this class. Students who lose computer privileges at school will still be expected to complete the work assigned through Google Classroom on their own time.

Grading Policy:

I will grade homework, classwork, participation, editing assignments, writing assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Late work will result in a grade deduction of 10 points per day late..

What to expect:

Students will be reading a variety of texts: short stories, nonfiction articles, novels, poetry, etc. Students will participate in class discussions, group discussions, and presentations. Much of the course is completed through Nearpod and Google Classroom. There will be various writing assignments throughout the year. Vocabulary will be given weekly. Some of the reading material that is used in tenth grade:

  • Antigone
  • A Doll’s House
  • Night
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • A Separate Peace
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Brave New World
  • The Kite Runner


  • All school-wide rules apply.
  • Cell phones must be silent and put away.
  • Raise your hand before speaking or asking a question.
  • Purses and materials for other classes must be placed under your desks.
  • No foul language will be tolerated.
  • Cheating will result in a zero.


  1. Verbal warning
  2. Phone call or email home
  3. Discipline report