Gifted ELA 10
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Communication Arts Gifted is a year-long interdisciplinary seminar course which gives identified gifted students the opportunity for enrichment in subjects unavailable in other course work as well as in the Language Arts curriculum. In this concept-oriented course, students will explore current issues, rhetorical approaches to society's problems, and models of writing on contemporary topics.
Because the Common Core standards are shared for grades 9 and 10, the 10th grade level focuses more on the mastery of concepts. Even though this is a writing- and reading-intensive course, the enrichment nature of much of the subject matter will enable the students to work within their academic strength areas in choosing topics for papers and independent projects. Additionally, an emphasis on creativity will allow students to choose from a variety of modalities and intelligences.
The materials for this course are chosen for their complexity and their ability to provoke critical thinking and articulate communication. The focus of this course will be on the integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will develop the necessary skills to read and analyze selected pieces from materials including various poems, essays, short stories, dramas and novels. Students will learn to write proficiently for a variety of purposes using advanced tenets of writing and appropriate levels of diction for the demands of the writing. Students will work on their presentation skills and their higher order thinking skills including their ability to analyze materials in research and synthesize a variety of resources. Learning will be discovered through problem solving, authentic assessment, and advanced use of technology whenever possible.
Laptop (charged and ready to go!)
Appropriate textbook or novel
Independent reading book
Pen or Pencil
Folder or binder to keep papers
- Learn and employ the elements of rhetoric
- Think critically about contemporary social issues.
- Analyze the research on a historical topic.
- Communicate articulately and accurately on ideas related to the study of contemporary topics.
- Develop the ability to determine a significant and relevant topic for sustained study.
- Apply a structured process for research as well as critical and literary analysis.
- Decide which of the various sources for research and retrieval systems are the most appropriate.
- Develop skills in determining the appropriate technology to solve various problems.
- Increase their ability to write proficiently, using the level of diction appropriate for the demands of the writing and the audience.
- Create a formal works cited page, using the MLA format.
- Meet a quality level of expectation in presenting a final project to a varied audience.
• Read a variety of materials for a variety of purposes
• Write with correct conventions for a variety of purposes and audiences
• Speak for a variety of purposes
• Exhibit critical understanding of, appreciation of, and ability to analyze genres of literature
•Research and cite sources effectively
Grades and Make-Up Work
Students are expected to assume responsibility for completing assignments in a timely manner. Late homework is accepted for a maximum of 60% credit up until the end of a unit - exceptions at teacher’s discretion e.g., steps in writing process to produce a paper.
Major essays may be turned in up to 1 day late, but will incur a 10% grade reduction. If you are absent, be proactive in finding out what you missed. Check the google calendar on Blackboard. If a planned absence is known, talk to me ahead of time.
Grades will be figured based on total points.
Points will be totaled and converted to a letter grade using the following scale:
A= 100% - 90% B= 89% - 80% C= 79% - 70% D= 69% - 60% F= 50% - 0%.
Academic dishonesty of any kind is unacceptable and will result in a grade of zero for all involved. Unless you are specifically directed otherwise, all written work should be in final draft form (this means neat, legible, proofread, and in complete sentences) and ready to hand in when you enter the room at the beginning of your class period.
Technology and Food Policies
- check classroom Blackboard site daily for course information, assignment postings, weekly schedules, and/or handouts and materials
- respect a teacher’s direction when to or when not to use technology
- use proper grammar and punctuation in all email communications, while being professional and respectful
- only use laptops/cell phones/earbuds/headphones during class if directed by teacher
- have earbuds/headphones available for use daily
- check student school email daily
Food & drink are permissible as long as they are not a disruption or a major meal and the room is kept clean.
I am available before school or during Liberty Hour on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to assist with your academic needs. Please schedule an appointment so I know to be available in the classroom.
- Have a plan upon arriving at LH (what are you there to work on?)
- Use tutoring time for productive activities (games, social media, videos, etc. are not good uses of time)
- Check LH assignments regularly and attend assigned tutoring sessions