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Welcome to 10
Grade World Literature! The overarching purpose of this course is to investigate
the following question:
How do different authors from different cultures explore the idea of honor?
Each major work we read this year will explore this question. You will become experts at
reading texts closely in order to better analyze them, making claims about the meaning of these
texts, and interpreting how they explore the idea of honor. You will analyze elements of literature
including theme, plot structure, characterization, imagery, and figurative language. Reading will be
assigned on a regular basis, and reading check quizzes or other reading comprehension assignments
will be administered or assigned for each reading. You will be expected to respond to these daily
readings by actively participating in class through both written work and group discussion.
You will complete a project and/or compose an essay for each unit of study. You will be
expected to grow as a writer throughout the year, learning how to more effectively organize essays,
choose words and sentence structures that help you communicate what you mean, as well as revise
and edit your work.
Additionally, you will build your speaking and listening skills through student-moderated
discussion and oral presentations. Quizzes and exams will range from vocabulary quizzes to
comprehensive unit exams.
Essential Questions
1. What does conflict teach us about cultural values?
2. What does it mean to honor and/or dishonor ones culture?
3. How can my study of literature deepen my understanding of cultural identity?


Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
English 10: World Literature
Ms. Starr

617.333.6688 ext. 145

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:14-4:15

1 inch binder
1 inch spiral notebook**
Loose-leaf paper
pens, highlighters
English book (provided by
Post-it notes


Month Text Culture

Antigone by Sophocles Ancient Greek
October Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane
November-December A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Child Soldier by
Ishmael Beah
Sierra Leonean

Excerpts from The Odyssey by Homer Ancient Greek

January-February Selected short stories, poems, and short non-
fiction; MCAS Preparation
February-March Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia
April-May The Tempest by William Shakespeare English

A Tempest by Aime Cesaire


Absences & Make-Up Work:
If a student is absent from class, but present at school that day, the assignments from class are due
the next day. If a student is absent from school, he/she is responsible for copying notes and
collecting the missed work from the bin on the URI Room door. A student with an excused absence
has the number of days he/she was absent to turn in missed assignments. For example, if a student
is absent for two days, the missing work is due two days after the student returns.
However, reading assignments are always due on the day they are due regardless of absence
in order to ensure students are not falling behind with challenging amounts of reading. It is
the individual students responsibility to find out what the reading assignment for that night
is and to always have his/her English book with him/her at all times.

Make-up work, late work, and missed assessments must be completed by the deadlines outlined
Homework Assignments Independent Assessments
(Essays/ Projects)
In Class Assessments

2 days
Between 10% and 20% taken
off per day for late work
1 day with 20% penalty

Due day of return if you have
an excused absence
1:2 ratiofor each day
missed, you have two
days to make up
Discussion Grades:
If a student is absent from class when students earn a grade for a class discussion, the discussion
prompt(s) will be left in the bin. In order to earn a grade for this assignment, students must retrieve
the prompt from the bin and write a paragraph response about the prompt. If this is not completed,
students will earn a 60 for that Daily Work grade.
Between 30 and 40 minutes of nightly homework will be assigned. If a student struggles with
homework, (s)he must attempt three outlets for help before signing up for office hours or staying
after school. For example, a student could call a friend, ask a friend a question online, reference
notes and planner, etc. before relying on instructor.
Office Hours:
English 10 Office Hours will be held ________________________________________. Sign-up
is on the on the bulletin board outside the DFR. Five students will be allowed to sign up for each
half hour. In order for a student to sign up for office hours, (s)he will need to have reached out to 3
sources for help first.
Finally, please refer to the Boston Prep Student and Family Handbook for additional
policies regarding attendance, behavior/code of conduct, and homework expectations.
During assessments, students must place their backpacks and bags in the front of the room.
All students must be seated facing the teacher and assigned seats will be used to ensure test security.
During assessments, students must:
- Remain silent until the last student has finished.
- Have focused eyes.
- Raise their hands if they have a question.



To calculate the official grade that will appear on the transcript at the end of each semester, we will
weigh grades as follows:
Semester 1 Semester 2
40% Quarter 1 40% Quarter 3
40% Quarter 2 40% Quarter 4
20% Semester Final Exam 20% End of Year Final Exam

Each quarter, students will receive a final quarter grade. The grade weighting for each quarter is as


E.g. reading, discussion
questions, essay outlines or
drafts, and grammatical skills
and/or vocabulary review.
Homework also includes reading
check quizzes.
DAILY WORK 20% E.g. lecture notes, in-class
readings, Do Nows, vocabulary
exercises, participation, and Exit

25% E.g. vocabulary assessments,
grammar assessments, reading
comprehension assessments,
and/or Essay rough drafts.
TEST, ESSAYS, PROJECTS 35% E.g. Final essays, Powerpoint
projects, group performances,
research projects.

This year, you will take an English MCAS in March that includes both a multiple-choice component
and a written composition. For the past two years, 100% of BPCPS sophomores have earned
Proficient or Advanced on this state test. We will work to continue this trend by practicing test
questions, reading texts closely and analytically, and honing our study skills.