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Mr. Markovics

Mr. Markovics: pmarkovics@lomanyc.net ; (518) 330-2326

Ms. Beegle: abeegle@lomanyc.net

Mr. Colin: jcolin@lomanyc.net

English 10:

“The Heart Breaking Triumph of the Global Spirit”



Mr. Markovics, Ms. Beegle & Mr. Colin


Employee Handbook:


Welcome to LoMA 10th Grade English! This looks very different than 9th grade! Instead of spending every day with us, you are only here 4 times a week. Interestingly, you actually have more work to do! What a paradox! In this class, students will analyze and discuss the factors that define the world and the people who live in it. We will also critically look at some of the decisions we and they make. Expanding our view of the world will only help us read more critically and carefully. Expanding on our use of critical theory to guide our views, we will continue to read through various critical lenses. We will also investigate time periods and really create a historical context around every piece we read.

Asking and answering more questions than ever before, we will discuss why people, including ourselves and fictional characters, make the choices we do. We will investigate concepts of identity, racism, sexism, heterosexism, as well as other issues of oppression, and the power we have to make choices.  We will be looking into how people are shaped by the world outside of the United States in place that we cover in Global History class and in some places that are often overlooked. In addition, we will read and write more, as well as better, than we ever have before, expand our vocabulary, work on grammar, and build our understanding of literary elements! We will develop using the tools we learned in 9th grade to push ourselves further and achieve greater growth! At the same time, we have a lot of new learning to do!


Marking Period Text Map:

     Marking Period 1 - Literary Elements/ Poetry/ Short Stories

     Marking Period 2 -  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

     Marking Period 3 - Breath, Eyes Memory by Edwidge Dandicat

     Marking Period 4 – Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane or In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez or Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

     Marking Period 5 – Night by Elie Weisel

     Marking Period 6 - Animal Farm by George Orwell



Work Supplies:  Students are expected to have the following:

     3 ring binder (1 inch) – with extra paper or a 5 subject notebook exclusively (only) for English class

     A 2-pocket folder for handouts

     Pen or pencil

     A working email address

Pay Checks:  Grading will be based on the following percentages: 


**Homework & Response Papers: 30% of marking period grade

**Class Work (participation/behavior, group work, activities): 30% of marking period   grade

Class Participation: 

    Prepared (class materials, on time, etc)

    Professional (are you respectful? Do you add to our community?)

    Participation (a positive member of our community who contributes to class discussion and group work)

**Assessments/ Essays/ Tests/ Quizzes/ Projects:  40% of marking period grade


**You cannot pass without doing your homework. This is not negotiable! If you come to class unprepared (i.e. without HW, you lose points for that day and you already lost your homework grade! Don’t make the mistake)

***You cannot pass without doing the major essays. It’s just simple math!





You will be responsible for a variety of homework assignments, many of which will involve close reading whichever text (short story/ poem, book, etc.) we are reading.  The close reading assignments will be graded out of a total 10 points and will require looking for specific information, quotes and details in the text.  The close reading system is based on the same system that you used in 9th grade. Other homework assignments will be explained in detail as the year progresses.


Response Papers:


You will be responsible for a weekly paper in response to what we are reading or working on in class. Each response paper must be 250-400 words (one page to one and half pages). You will be provided with a selection of focus questions to help guide you.  Your response paper should be structured in T-I-E-D format unless otherwise instructed. Each of the papers must be typed in Times New Roman 12point Font and double-spaced.  If you are absent, the paper is still due by email and must be a word document, no rich text documents, which means please do not send it from your phone. Late papers will lose points for each day that they are late.




You will be responsible for a 4-5 page essay each marking period beginning with marking period #2. The essay will involve critically analyzing the text that we read during the marking period. We will also edit the essay and complete more than one draft of the essay. Completion of the essay is necessary for passing the marking period.  More directions will come as the year progresses.



Free Money:


Each student begins the cycle with an A in class participation.  As high school students, we assume everyone is capable of keeping these points by acting like mature adults. 


Docked Pay:  However, students will permanently lose points for each of the following:

     Unexcused tardies

     Unexcused absences

     Not having class materials

     Disrespecting any member of our class community (teacher, student or visitor)



-          If you have an excused absence (see student handbook), you will be given extra time for missed assignments, equal to the number of days absent.


-          Cheating, of ANY type, will result in a ZERO on the assignment for all people involved. This includes plagiarizing from the Internet! You also put yourself in jeopardy for getting a ZERO for the entire cycle.


-          Each student will receive a daily participation/behavior grade out of a total of 10 points depending how much he/she participates and how well he/she behaves in class each day.

Expectations for Employment:

            The format of this course and the nature of the topic that we will be discussing require that class remain a safe-space at all times.  Students will be asked to make presentations, share their opinions, and disagree with their fellow students and their teacher.  Such mature dialogue can only happen in an environment where all members are respected as individuals.  You are expected to act as high school students; there will be little tolerance for immaturity.  Therefore:


Rules for Work:


            1. Have respect for everyone at all times. Show this through appropriate language, dress and behavior.  Use only positive language and behavior.


            2. Come to class on time and ready to work.


            3. Keep your desk clear of everything except the materials that you need for class. Please bring in on a daily basis whichever text we are reading in  class.


            4. Keep cell phones and other electronics out of the room.


            5. Food or drink is allowed in the classroom only when it’s provided by the teachers. Water is acceptable.


            6. Raise your hand to speak and contribute to class unless we are having an open discussion.


            7. Please use the bathroom in between classes or at lunch.  If you do need to use the bathroom during class, you cannot go during the first or last 10 minutes of class.  You must take the pass to use the bathroom and sign in and out when you go.


            8. You must see me whenever you return from an absence.  It is the student’s responsibility to get class notes, assigned homework and any handouts.  We do not  track down students. 


            9. DO YOUR BEST!



Consequences for Breaking a Rule:


            1. You will get a warning the first time and must speak to us individually inside or outside of the room.


            2. You will be asked to stay after class or after school.


            3. We will call home.


            4. We will assign you a suspension.


            -  In each instance, you will lose points towards your participation/behavior grade, which is 30% of your marking period grade.




Like any job, this class includes a work schedule (due dates), employee responsibilities (expectations), evaluations (tests/projects) and payments (grades) based on completion and quality of all assignments.  We have read and understood the expectations and are ready to work hard this year.  Most importantly, we understand that being in high school means learning to act like a mature adult.