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English 10B
Mr. Blaugrund
Who is Mr. Blaugrund?
 Home town: Albuquerque, NM
 Schooling: USC (B.A. Film
Studies), Pepperdine (M.A.
Wife: Daryl (South Park)
Two Children: Riley (girl) and
Bryce (boy)
Teaching Experience: West
Ranch: 5 years. First year at
I love teaching and preparing
teenagers for the rest of their
What will the class be about?
Spring Semester
 Elie Wiesel: Night (Novel)
 Sophocles: Antigone (Play)
 Various: Epics/Legends, Short
Stories, poetry, multi-media, art,
music, and film
 Written and Oral Formative and
Summative Assessments:
Informative, Narrative and
Argumentative (Resume)
 Grammar: Parallel structure, types
of phrases and clauses, semicolon,
colon, capitalization, spelling,
academic vocabulary
What is the daily routine?
 Roll is taken as soon as the tardy bell sounds.
 Students copy agenda & homework into the agenda
section of their notebook
I will go over the agenda for the day
Complete classwork
End of class questions
Reminder of homework
How much homework will you have?
 Homework is regularly given in this class; however, I
realize you have other classes and will do my best to
keep your homework limited BUT relevant. This
means…if I assign homework, it must be important
and not just busy work.
 Homework will be extensions of activities done in class
as practice and review of lessons taught.
Do you accept late work?
 Late work IS accepted within each unit, however for a
 Any assignment not collected when it is due will get at
most half credit. 
 Most of the students who fail my class do so because of
How is your grade calculated?
 Student grades will be computed on a weighted scale with 40% of the grade representing the
practice of skills in the form of daily journals, class work, homework and quizzes. 60% of the
grade represents mastery of skills taught in the form of tests, essays, performance tasks and oral
Formative Assessment 40%
Summative Assessment 60%
Class –
and class
skills based
Midterm 10%
Final 10%
major essays and
writing based
performance tasks
15 %
15 %
Listening and Speaking
Performance tasks
Various Performance Tasks
evaluating speaking and
listening skills
The student’s grade will be calculated at the end of each five week period, and a progress report or report
card will be issued. Appropriate interventions will be provided for any student still working toward mastery
of content standards. The following scale is used to determine student grades:
A = 90-100%
C = 70-79%
F = 0-59%
B = 80-89%
D = 60-69%
What can you do if you have a
failing grade?
 You may retake any test or quiz (except for the
Midterm and Final) during a mutually agreed upon
The “retake” score will be averaged with the first score.
The higher grade will be placed in the grade book.
You may fix and improve class work and homework
until you master the assignment.
You will be provided the opportunity to re-write essays
to improve their scores.
What to do in case of an absence:
 For excused absences, you will have the same number
of days of their absence to make-up work for full
 You must check the internet at home or with a friend
before asking me what you missed.
 When turning in make-up work for excused absences,
you must write “ABSENT” in bold across the top of
one’s paper.
Important materials to have each
 Three ring binder (dividers labeled: “Class Info”,
“Reading”, “Writing”, “Homework”, “Classwork”, and
“Returned work.”)
Plenty of loose-leaf college ruled notebook paper
8.5 X 11 inch Spiral notebook strictly for English
Outside reading book
Blue or black pens
Post-it notes
What is the policy on electronics?
 Cell phone and iPods WILL NOT be permitted during
class time.
 You must turn cell phones OFF before entering into the
classroom and store them in your backpack or pocket.
 Anyone who chooses to answer or make a call or text will
have their cell phone confiscated and turned into the
 If you find extra time between class activities, you may
read but not listen to music or play on your phone.
What is Outside Reading?
 You will be required to read at least 250 pages of outside reading per
 You may choose ANY book as long as your parent/guardian and I
approves of your choice.
 You may read more than one book per semester to make up the 250
pages requirement as long as both books are approved.
 Sustained Silent Reading will be Fridays, but you are to ALWAYS bring
their book to class.
How to succeed in this class:
 Come to class on time, and prepared to learn each day.
 Complete homework ON TIME
 Identify a study-buddy that can be contacted for extra help
or if he or she is absent from a class.
Use a student planner or a calendar to keep track of
Take advantage of extra help.
Take responsibility for your learning.
Check Infinite Campus and my website often for missing
assignments, and turn those in promptly.
Have a great attitude!
How will Mr. Blaugrund help me
succeed in this class?
I will be prepared to teach each day
The content standards, daily objectives, and agenda
will be written on the white board daily.
I will teach the district-approved curriculum.
I will prepare interesting and engaging lessons.
I will be available if you need extra help.
I will motivate and encourage students to do their best
I will maintain open lines of communication between
students and their families.
Mr. Blaugrund’s Contact Information
 Phone: (661) 252-6110 x348
 Email: [email protected]
 Website: www.blaugrundenglish.wikispaces.com
 *Twitter….coming soon!