• Baldwin Senior High School 

    English Department

    10th Grade Syllabus 2019-2020

    Mrs. Taormina

    Office Hours:

    Tuesday Morning – 7:00 to 7:30

    Thursday Afternoon  – 2:45 to 3:15

    Room 611B

    Phone # 516 434 6121

    Major Works

    -     The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    -     Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger


    • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – (The class will review the life and times of Shakespeare as well as background information on ancient Rome) 
    • Night by Elie Wiesel





    • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
    • “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh
    • “Raleigh Was Right” by William Carlos Williams
    • Additional poems relating to themes and central ideas will also be studied



    Research Paper:

       Special instructions will be distributed at a later date with specific requirements for   

       research paper




    Regents Practice 


    Grades for each marking period will break down as follows:


    • 50%= tests, essays, special assignments/projects, research paper
    • 20%= class participation, (organization, effort, preparedness, punctuality, contribution to class discussions, etc.)
    • 20% = quizzes
    • 10% = homework



    10th Grade English

    Mrs. Taormina

    Course Description:


    The English 10th grade course requires students to read and examine a variety of literary works. Exploring readings from a variety of time periods, we will consider how an author creates meaning and engages his/her readers through the use of a wide array of literary devices and techniques.

    Course Goals: 

    • read critically various literary genres (poetry, drama, and prose) and understand the works' deeper meanings and relevance 
    • consider how the historical and social context reflects and affects a work's meaning
    • write critical responses to literature
    • write with increased fluency and style, following the conventions of standard written English
    • compile a writing portfolio that includes both responses to literature and personal writing
    • write a research paper following standard MLA procedures
    • review and practice writing Regents tasks 
    • expand vocabulary through both reading and writing
    • broaden and deepen understanding of English grammar
    • take a Midterm and Final English exam

    Class Participation:


    You will be expected to participate in class discussions as well as small group-discussions on the literature being studied. Your comments and contribution in class are a necessary component for a successful school year; annotation of assigned reading material will be required to help foster both your class participation and your understanding of the literature.