English 10 Course Content & Guidelines

Ms. Nixon



Course Content-

The House on Mango Street


The Taming of the Shrew & Julius Caesar

A Long Way Gone

Julius Caesar & other Shakespeare selections


To Kill a Mockingbird

Young Adult Lit choice book


Daily Materials-

1.) Paper & writing utensil

2.) Folder for Adv. English notebook. You will have to keep selected notes to reference throughout the year.

3.) Sticky notes



-Students who have an EXCUSED absence will have two days for each day absent to make up required class work. -Students must schedule make-up tests and quizzes within 3 class days of their absence. 20% is taken off your test score for each day you fail to make it up. Any test not made up within 5 days will receive 50% off immediately.

**It is YOUR responsibility to check the absence folder for any missing work.

-Any student with an UNEXCUSED absence or tardy will receive a zero for missed assignments, tests, projects, or graded items.

-If an absence/early release is scheduled the day a project/essay is due, the work must be turned in BEFORE the absence/early release or scheduled ahead of time with me.


Classroom Procedures-

1.) Be in your seat before class begins or you’ll be counted tardy!

2.) Read the board daily for assignments

3.) Absolutely no social media in my classroom.  

4.) No disrespectful profanity

5.) Wait to be released before packing up!!

*Any blatant disregard for class rules will result in a referral to the office.


Late Work-

  • Homework Checks - if your homework is not completed at the beginning of the period, it is an automatic zero with no makeup opportunity.
  • Collected Homework – you have 24 hours to turn in collected homework for 25% off. Anything after a day is at least 50% off your grade.  
  • Other Assignments (including, but not limited to: projects, papers, essays, etc.) – if it is 1 day late, 20% will be deducted; if it is 2 or more days late, 50% will be deducted.



Academic Honesty: Cheating occurs when a student obtains credit for OR assists others in obtaining credit for work that is not his or her own.  Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the ideas, language, or work of another passing them off as one’s own product.

Examples of cheating and/or plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Copying from another student's test or helping another student during a test.
  • Providing or accepting information regarding specific test content.
  • Submitting another person's work as one's own.
  • Stealing copies of tests or answer keys – including taking pictures of either tests or answer keys.
  • Copying another student's homework, test, quiz, project, essay, assignment, or vocab exercises.
  • Allowing another student to copy any homework assignment, quiz, project, essay, test, or vocab.
  • Presenting materials taken from sources, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, or the Internet without appropriate documentation.
  • Changing answers on a test, assignment, or project after grading.


*Cheating in my room for another class is STILL CHEATING. If you cheat for ANY class in my room, I will take the assignment and will contact that teacher as well as the administration.

*If your phone makes any type of appearance during a test or quiz class period, that is an automatic 0 on the assessment, referral to the office, and a phone call home.  This is a department policy.


Consequences of Academic Dishonesty – Per Student Handbook:

  • First Offense:  No credit for work, notify administration, and a phone call home
  • Second Offense:  No credit for work, sent to office, disciplinary action (suspension)


Writing/ Editing Advice-

Per our department policy, you may not ask another English teacher to proofread your work. They may answer specific questions, but it isn’t fair to the rest of your classmates to get that kind of help.