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Title: Welcome to 10th Grade Honors English! Mrs. Ebersole

Welcome to 10th Grade Honors English!Mrs.
About Me
  • My name is Laura Ebersole
  • Ive taught at Upper Merion for 15 years.
  • My undergrad work was at U. of Delaware (go Blue
    Hens!) and my masters degree is from West
    Chester University.
  • I also direct plays, am a class sponsor, and live
    in the district (you may see me in the Middle
    School or at Caley).

My Beliefs
  • All children,,,
  • can learn
  • should be held to high expectations
  • Should have choices that meet their areas of
    special interests.
  • deserve exposure to higher level concepts to
    promote critical thinking and problem solving
  • Need strong communication skills as a vital
    component in any career path.
  • Can improve their writing skills by reading
    challenging material.
  • Must take risks in order to grow.

Essential Questions Grade 10
  • While there are many questions we will address
    through our reading and writing, below are the
    essential questions that shape our coursework
  • How does the process of self-discovery shape an
    individual's identity?
  • How does social/economic/class structure affect
    an individual's identity?
  • What makes us stand out amongst a society that
    values sameness?
  • What qualities define an effective leader?
  • How do we use our words to persuade others?
  • How are themes in literature reflected in our
    personal lives?

Major Assessments
  • Novel tests
  • Based on Essential questions, class discussions,
    literary terms, and reading strategies.
  • Writing
  • Analytical writing
  • Literary comparison Essays
  • Creative Writing
  • District performance tasks
  • Writing and reading
  • 1 per quarter
  • PSSA domain specific rubric
  • Grammar
  • 1 formal unit per quarter
  • Focus areas include clauses/phrases, parallel
    structure, comma review, commonly confused words,
    agreement, active/passive voice.
  • Projects
  • 1 per quarter
  • Reading Olympic project
  • Ad campaign
  • Research wikispace
  • Zine Poetry project
  • Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Approximately 4 a marking period
  • Mixture of SAT words, In-text vocabulary, and
    Tone Words

  • Grading Policy
  • Components (point value system)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Projects
  • Criteria
  • 90-100 A Exceeds expectations
  • 80-89 B Meets expectations
  • 70-79 C Needs improvement to meet
  • 65-69 D Below expectations
  • Below 65 F

Extended Learning
  • Students can earn up to 10 bonus points per
    marking period for submitting additional writing
    assignments. Items might include
  • Submissions for Venture
  • Reviews of plays, sporting events, or other
    school sponsored events.
  • Book, Music, or Film reviews.
  • Submissions must be 1 page of text and be
    received at least 1 week before the end of the
    marking period.

How can students improve their organization?
  • Keep an English notebook or digital notebook,
    devoting sections to reading, writing, grammar,
    vocabulary, and research.
  • Use a study buddy or email the teacher if they
    are missing a class due to illness, sporting
    event, or music pull out.
  • Review Ning for blogging, videos, and peer
  • Subscribe to ical for due dates, notes, and

How can we work together?
  • Ask students what will be due in the next week
    and monitor their progress.
  • Encourage students to develop self advocacy while
    still offering parental support.
  • Please contact me with questions, problems, or
  • Stress the importance of balancing

What do you like to read?
  • Books Ive read this summer and found
  • Understanding Creativity by Jane Piirto, Ph.D.
  • Late Lost and Unprepared A Parents Guide to
    Helping Children with Executive Functioning by
    Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel
  • The Hunger Games series
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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