English Language Arts 10 (2012-13 Syllabus)

Mr. Hartzer/ Communication and Media Arts High School

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to help students continue building skills related to language and its usage. While the emphasis is on literature, we will practice with a variety of reading, writing, and speaking exercises. These reflect the four areas of standards identified as the Common Core:

Required Texts

Most of the primary readings for this course will come out of McDougal Littell’s Literature and Holt’s African American Literature. There will also be some assigned novels, to be announced later.

Materials Needed

Each day, students will be expected to bring:
Students will be provided with a dictionary for in-class usage.

Grading Policy

Grading will be based on classroom participation, daily assignments, longer projects, tests and quizzes, SSR participation, and a final semester project. The following scales will be used:
The student’s final grade will be based on overall total performance:
The teacher reserves the right to adjust this weighting in particular cases at his sole discretion.

Classroom Policies

All students are expected to follow all rules and guidelines of CMA and DPS, pertaining to uniforms, tardiness, detention, bullying, cell phones, and other actions. This classroom has three basic policies:
Special note on bullying:
CMA, DPS, and the state of Michigan all have strong positions against bullying. This simply cannot be stressed enough. If I see bullying, I will take action. If you are feeling bullied, please bring it to me or another adult. There is no place for bullying of any sort in civil, mature society. I feel it is crucial that all classrooms be safe places for each student to learn, explore, and develop.


Plagiarism is the act of taking the creative product of another person and presenting it as if it were your own. If you quote someone else, you must provide proper citation: This is an act of respect for that person, for your readers, and for yourself. I will provide more details in a separate document.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The minimal repercussion for plagiarism will be that no credit will be given for the plagiarized assignment. Multiple or egregious cases of plagiarism may result in disciplinary action and a failing grade in the class. If you are not sure if a particular act constitutes plagiarism, please discuss it with me before turning in a questionable assignment.