High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001


Course Syllabus

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Olympia High School: 2016-2017

 Instructor:  Mrs. Kristen Soderberg

E-mail:        ksoderberg@osd.wednet.edu  (best way to contact me)

Website:      http://olympia.osd.wedent.edu



This course focuses on developing the critical reading, writing, vocabulary, speaking, and research skills necessary for a successful high school career as well as prepares you with the needed comprehension, communication, and inference skills for life.



We intend to read the following pieces this year:

· Short Stories, Poetry and Mythology -- emphasis on world literature

· Novels: Night, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451

· Plays: Antigone, Julius Caesar

We will strive to understand and accurately utilize the following:

· Literary elements and devices (i.e. plot, character, setting, theme, point of view,

 conflict, irony, symbolism, imagery, satire, allegory, and many more!)

· Rules of grammar and punctuation: Grammar Keepers by Gretchen Bernabei

· Journal Writing

· Five-paragraph Essay

· Timed Writes 

Presentations include:

· Speech and debate (including various discussion methods)

· Formal and informal project presentations (including Poetry Out Loud)



  • Follow all classroom norms (“RESPECT”) – All electronics (cell phones and headphones) must be out of site during class time! (Level 1 Electronic Use)
  • Bring the following supplies EVERY DAY: planner, composition notebook, blue/black pen, pencil, folder or binder with class notes and handouts, paper, and a positive attitude!
  • Homework is due at the BEGINNING of the class period.
  • All assignments must be typed or neatly handwritten in black or blue ink. (Include full name, class period, and date in the upper right hand corner. Don’t forget to TITLE the assignment on the top of the page.)
  • Ask instructor for help if needed – I am committed to supporting your efforts!
  • Personal questions and problems can be discussed privately before or after class.



  • Many activities/reflections/discussions are completed in class only and cannot be made up if you are absent. BE IN CLASS!  
  • If absent, you are responsible for finding out what you missed. Ask another student, email the teacher, or check the course web page to find out what you missed.
  • Make up work is for excused absences only! Contact instructor and/or send assignments that are due electronically if possible; make prior arrangements for planned absences; one (1) day allotted for each day absent to turn in missed work.
  • All missed tests must be made up within one week of the day they are given.



Any type of cheating on homework, quizzes, tests, projects, or plagiarism in essay papers is unacceptable. A first occurrence of cheating will result in a referral and a zero in the grade book. A second occurrence will result in the student being dropped from the class.

This policy also includes copying and/or “sharing” homework assignments! All assignments are to be completed alone/individually unless specifically directed.

REMEMBER: Copying is cheating whether you are the one doing the copying or the one who did the work first. Be a good friend.



All English 10 assignments are graded on a semester point system. All categories are valued equally. Grades are calculated by dividing the total number of points earned by the total possible points, to get a percentage score. Grading rubric requirements will be discussed in advance for individual assignments.


Grading Scale:              

A       =93-100%  (No A+ at OHS)                 C+     =77-79.99%

A-      =90-92.99%                                       C       =73-76.99%

B+     =87-89.99%                                       C-      =70-72.99%

B       =83-86.99%                                       D+     =67-69.99%

B-      =80-82.99%                                       D       =60-66.99%  (No D- at OHS)


Late homework policy: 

 You will be given three “FREE HOMEWORK TICKETS” each semester. This will allow you to turn in three different homework assignments ONE DAY late, and still receive full credit for the work completed. Unused “TICKETS” are worth a total of up to 15 extra credit points at the end of each semester.

 Late work without a ticket will be accepted for 50%. All assignments need to be completed and handed in to remain eligible for bonus/extra credit points. Please let me know about any situations that might affect your ability to turn in an assignment on time. If you let me know ahead of time, we can discuss an alternate due date.