10th Grade Course Syllabus

North Gwinnett High School 

High School Course Syllabus

Course Title........................... Gifted Sophomore Language Arts        Term.......................2013– 2014

Teacher...................................... Mr. Jones                                           room #................................. ....619


Email Address

Teacher Web Page

Kyle_Jones@gwinnett.k12.ga.us AND kjones@northgwinnett.com

Web address: http://kjones.northgwinnett.com  

Teacher Support

Help Sessions are available Mornings from 6:30 – 7:00 and during 5th lunch. (After school by appointment)

Course Description (Published in the Choice Book)

This course includes a balance of composition, applied grammar, and literature, with a focus on literature and authors from around the world.  The developments of vocabulary, speaking, listening, researching, and test-taking skills are an integral part of the curriculum.

Prerequisites: Freshman Language Arts

Course Curriculum Content

The entire list of Academic Knowledge and Skills for each of the following curriculum strands in this course can be accessed through the district web address at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us

AKS Strands


  1. Listening, Speaking, and Viewing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  2. Comprehension
  3. Reading Across the Curriculum
  4. Writing
  5. Conventions
  1. The Many Faces of the Hero
  2. Fate, Free Will, and the Implications of Both
  3. Moral Courage & Revolutionaries
  4. Alientation
  5. Research

Instructional Materials and Supplies

Published Materials

Instructional Supplies

Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes:  World Masterpieces

Prentice Hall:                    Writing and Grammar: Communication in Action

1)      Binder/Dividers

2)      Blue/black ink pens

3)      Pencils

4)      Highlighters

5)      Notecards




Grade Weights

Grading Scale

Classwork & Homework

Special Projects / Research Papers/Essays

Unit Tests

Weekly Quizzes

Final Exam

Class Assessments                              35%

-    Grammar Quizzes (5%)

-    Vocabulary Quizzes (5%)

-    Reading Quizzes/Annotations (15%)

-    SAT Writing/In-class writing (10%)

Summative Assessment                    40%

-       Gateway/Major Papers (20%)

-       Tests (20%)

Interim                                             5%

Final Exams                                       20%

A:       90 and above

B:       80 – 89

C:       74 – 79

D:       70 – 73
F:        69 or below

Other Information

Expectations for Academic Success

Additional Requirements/Resources

1)          Read daily

2)          Ask questions

3)          Participate constructively as a team member

4)          Proof read written assignments and edit meaningfully

5)          Review multiple sources of information

6)          Challenge yourself to continuously improve

·          Tutoring Available

·          Helpful Resources

·          Community Support Services


The syllabus may be updated as needed throughout the year.


MAKE-UP WORK or MISSING WORK:  Make-up work is the student’s responsibility.  Five days will be allowed to make up any missed work for an absence.  Students will make up missed assignments during their lunch time with their teacher or to the Writing Lab, not during instructional time. If a student is present on the day the assignment is given, but absent the day it is collected, the work is due upon his/ her return to school.  This does not apply for long-term assignments, such as projects and papers.  These are due either electronically on the due date or immediately upon return. 

For any late work, 10% will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.  However, the expectation is that students will turn in each assignment, no matter how late it may be.


CHEATING:  North Gwinnett’s code of academic integrity states:  “Bulldogs do not lie, cheat, or steal nor do they tolerate these behaviors in others.”  Cheating on any type of assignment will result in a referral and possible suspension.  An alternate assignment will be provided for the first offense, but any other offenses will result in a zero as well as the referral.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following infractions:  (a) copying off of someone’s paper, whether in or out of class, (b) sharing assessment questions or answers with other students, (c) using materials from other sources such as books, encyclopedias, or the Internet when the assignment is expected to be the original work of the student, (d) any kind of plagiarism, the use of another source without giving proper credit.   All work should be considered individual work unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.


PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is borrowing, stealing or buying a paper, hiring someone to write your paper, building on someone’s ideas without citation, and using the source too closely when paraphrasing.  A first offense for plagiarizing will result in parent contact, an administrative referral and a zero with an opportunity to make up the assignment or an alternate for 70% maximum after the student signs a contract.

North Gwinnett’s policy on plagiarism:

Research Papers/Essays

Research papers and essays demonstrate a students’ ability to use resources and elaborate on a concept through writing.  It is IMPERATIVE that students correctly document or cite sources of information in order to avoid plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the act of stealing, using, and passing off as one’s own the writing, ideas, etc. of another.

Violations include copying phrases, sentences, paragraphs or entire documents without using quotation marks and properly documenting the source.

Please ask any questions you may have about this policy. Your student’s Language Arts teacher will review and explain the policy during the first few weeks of school to ensure all students understand the concept of plagiarism.

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Aug 1, 2013, 5:32 AM