Semester Overview

Grade 10
Academic Year 2017/2018


Teacher Joe


Term 1


Course Objectives:

This course is designed to improve the overall growth of students in regards to English fluency with an emphasis on reading and writing. Over the course of the semester, we as a class will meet our course objectives through the use of three course books. Our Longman Reader will incorporate a wide variety of different reading topics and grammatical structures. The Longman Reader will be paired with the Grammar Workbook as a means of support and guidance. Each week the class will also be reading a popular book from contemporary American fiction. This part of the course is designed to expose students to language in a natural environment and practice reading comprehension.


Each week the class will focus on TOEFL vocabulary and reading questions. These two activities are meant to support our final writing paper. By the end of the course, students will be expected to construct a final paper centered around the course reading. This paper will be based around the Jane Shaffer or MLA model of writing consistent with the American Curriculum.


Required Reading:

Longman Reader

Grammar Workbook

Snow Flower

Summary of Grading:

10%        Grammar Workbook

10%        Reading Questions

10%        TOEFL Quiz

20%        Homework

10%        Participation

20%        Final Paper

20%        Final Exam

Week 1

TOEFL Vocabulary 1

Longman Reader Unit 1.1

Grammar Workbook 1



Review TOEFL Vocabulary



Week 2

TOEFL Vocabulary 2

Longman Reader Unit 1.2

Grammar Workbook 2

Snow Flower Ch.1



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 3

TOEFL Vocabulary 3

Longman Reader Unit 1.3

Grammar Workbook 3

Snow Flower Ch.2



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 4

TOEFL Vocabulary 4

Longman Reader Unit 1.4

Grammar Workbook 4

Snow Flower Ch.3



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 5

TOEFL Vocabulary 5

Longman Reader Unit 2.1

Grammar Workbook 5

Snow Flower Ch.4



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions



Week 6

TOEFL Vocabulary 6

Longman Reader Unit 2.2

Grammar Workbook 6

Snow Flower Ch.5



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions



Week 7

TOEFL Vocabulary 7

Longman Reader Unit 2.3

Grammar Workbook 7

Snow Flower Ch.6



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions



Week 8

TOEFL Vocabulary 8

Longman Reader Unit 2.4

Grammar Workbook 8

Snow Flower Ch.7



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 9

TOEFL Vocabulary 9

Longman Reader Unit 3.1

Grammar Workbook 9

Snow Flower Ch.8



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 10

TOEFL Vocabulary 10

Longman Reader 3.2

Grammar Workbook 10

Snow Flower Ch.9



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 11

TOEFL Vocabulary 11

Longman Reader 3.3

Grammar Workbook 11

Snow Flower Ch.10



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions


Week 12

TOEFL Vocabulary 12

Longman Reader 3.4

Grammar Workbook 12

Snow Flower Ch.11



Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions



Week 13

Work on final paper



Week 14

Work on final paper



Week 15

Review for Test



Biology, Units 1-2

Teacher Sam


Term 1





May 8-12
Introduction – Ten Themes in the Study of Life

·         Hierarchies of Organization

·         The Scientific Method

Classification, orders of complexity, scientific method
2 The Chemical Context of Life

·         Chemical Elements and Compounds

Elements, compounds, bonds
3 The Chemical Context of Life

·         Atoms and Molecules

Proton, neutron, electron
May 30 – Jun 2
Water and the Environment

·         Water’s Polarity

·         Water Molecule Dissociation

Hydrogen bonds, cohesion, adhesion
5 Carbon and Life

·         The Importance of Carbon

Organic molecules
6 Macromolecules

·         Polymers, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic Acids

7 Metabolism

·         Energy and Life

Glycolysis, ATP, fermentation
8 Metabolism

·         Enzymes

Reaction rates and speeds
Jul 4-7

·         Homeostasis and regulation

Localization, regulation
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 The Cell

·         Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes, Nucleus and Ribosomes, Organelles

Jul 31-Aug 4
Membrane Structure and Function

·         Membrane Structure

·         Traffic across Membranes

Passive transport, active transport
14 Cellular Respiration

·         Energy Harvesting

15 Photosynthesis

·         Photosynthesis in Nature

·         Photosynthetic Pathways

Sunlight, Sugar, Water, Carbon Dioxide
16 Cell Communication

·         Cell Signaling

·         Cellular Responses to Signals

Signal reception
Aug 28-Sep 1
The Cell Cycle

·         Cell Division Roles

·         Mitosis

Phases: pro, meta, ana, telo, cytokinesis
18 Cell Cycle Regulation

·         Chemical Elements and Compounds

Sep 11-15
20 Finals

Biology, Units 3-4


Term 2


21 Meiosis and Life Cycles

·         Reproduction and Heredity

Haploid, diploid
Oct 2-6
Gregor Mendel and Genes

·         Early Discoveries

·         Mendelian Inheritance

Gene dominance
23 Chromosomes and DNA

·         Chromosomal Inheritance, Sex Chromosomes

·         DNA discovery, replication and repair

Chromosomal replication, Watson and Crick
24 Microbes: Viruses and Bacteria

·         The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria

25 DNA Technology

·         Cloning and Recombinant DNA

Oct 30-Nov 3
The Genetic Basis of Development

·         Gene Expression and Recombinant DNA

GMO plants
27 Review
28 Midterms
Nov 20-24
Semester Review/Christmas Activities
30 Christmas Holiday
Jan 3-5
Darwinian Theory

·         Charles Darwin: A Historical Context

Speciation, evolution, natural selection
32 Darwinian Theory

·         The Darwinian Revolution

33 Creationism vs Evolutionary Theory
34 Populations

·         Population Genetics, Microevolution

Gene pool, genetic frequency
Jan 29-Feb 2

·         Genetic Variation, Natural Selection

Microevolution vs macroevolution
36 The Origin of Species

·         Species separation, Speciation, Macroevolution

Galapagos islands, Darwin’s finches
37 Phylogyny and Systematics

·         The Fossil Record and Geologic Evidence

Carbon dating
38 Phylogyny and Systematics

·         Taxonomy, Phylogenetic Trees

Carolus Linnaeus
Feb 26- Mar 2
40 Finals


History of the Humanities

Teacher John


Term 1





1 What is History?

·         The origins of history

·         Historical methods

2 Mesopotamia (short week)

·         Enuma Elish

3 Mesopotamia

–         The Epic of Gilgamesh

–         Current Events: Baghdad museum


Current Events

4 Egypt

–         Osirus

–         Hieroglyphics



5 Egypt

–         King Tut’s tomb

–         Current Events: Arab Spring

Folk Tales

Current Events

6 Israel

–         The Garden of God

–         Joseph and his Brothers




7 Israel

–         Elijah

–         Current Events: Israeli pop art




8 Greece

–         The Iliad

–         The Odyssey



9 Greece

–        Thermopoly

–        Current Events: Austerity



10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Rome

–         Aeneid

–         Caesar



13 Rome

–         The Inferno

–         Current Events: Five Star Movement



14 Arabia

–        Arabian Nights

–        Arabian Poetry



15 Arabia

–        Current Events: Women’s Rights movement

–        Current Events: Wahabi Propaganda


16 China

–         Qin Shi Huang and the 3 assassins

–         Yu the Great



17 China


-Current Events: The Cultural Revolution



18 Acting project Body language
19 Review
20 Finals

History of the Humanities


Term 2

21 Korea

–        Three Kingdoms

–        Yi Sun Sin


Folk Tale

22 Korea

–        Current Events: Korean Music

–        Current Events: Korean Media



23 Thailand

–        King Meng Rai

–        King Naresuan



24 Thailand

–        Current Events: Thai Music

–        Current Events: Thai Art



25 Japan

–        Ainu People

–        Edo Period



26 –        Japanese Cinema

–        Current Events: Japanese Media

27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Europe-  Christmas Celebrations
30 Christmas Holiday Religion
31 Europe

–        Medieval Arts

–        Shakespeare

32 Europe

–        Da Vinci

–        Realism

33 Europe

–        The Printing Press

–        Novels

34 Europe + Asia

–        Telecommunications

–        Television & Cinema

35 World

–        Internet (Information Age)

–        Smart Phones & IEDs

36 World

–        Social Media

–        Media Entrepreneurs

37 Field Trip to local Museum Museums
38 Class reflection & self-assessment Reflection
39 Review
40 Finals



Teacher Matthew


Academic Year 2017/2018


Below is a list of units that shall be worked on this semester and into next.  Work is taken from a mixture of online resources, course books and some is also self-created. The target is a 50/50 balance of academic writing and creative writing.



• Free Writing: The first 10 minutes of every class is spent free writing so that by the end of the semester each student has a portfolio of written work that has been graded.  In each class we also work on error correction in some of the written pieces of work.  Students work together to sport errors and correct them.


By way of stimulating the students in free writing, writing prompts are given.  These range from pictures, what happened next, and questions that encourage critical thinking.  Sometimes the students’ are also given the opportunity to write whatever they like or a journal entry.


Vocabulary: Students’ are taught new words throughout the semester and are then tested on their ability to incorporate the word into a sentence correctly.


Formal & Informal letter writing and emails: Correct structure and layout of formal and informal letters.  Structure can be used for emails and/or hand written emails.


• Discursive Essay Writing: How to structure and plan a coherent discursive essay.  Students are given a topic for debate.  Pros and cons are discussed and noted down in class.  Students then formulate their own ideas, research facts to back up opinions, and draw a balanced conclusion before highlighting their personal opinion.


• Poetry (haikus)

To engage critical and creative thinking based on a set structure.


• Error Correction: How we can be mindful of errors in our own work (punctuation, verb tenses, verb usage, word order etc) and spot mistakes quickly in order to help our writing flow.

** Please note that this unit is on-going and usually takes shape at the start of every class based on the previous class’s writing task.  It is part of the larger, overall unit – editing our work.


• Correct Punctuation Usage: Full stops, commas, apostrophe, capital letters, question marks, colons, semi-colons, dashes)

– We will look at the various punctuation marks usable in written English, learn some of their rules, and also how to implement them effectively in order to enhance our writing.


• Forming simple sentences

– English writing (basic) refresher.  Students will learn and practice again some of the common rules in forming simple sentences.


• Writing about your day:

– Past tense and using time expressions


• Linking words& essay writing

–          How to effectively use linking words in various writing forms.

–          Linking two ideas together – vocabulary usage

–          Sequence, contrast, examples, endings / conclusions


• Speech Marks:

Correctly using speech marks in written English and the rules we must abide by when using them.


• Creative Writing: Solo & group work – writing stories, letters, invitations based on various themes and modern ideas.


• Summaries & Reviews: To enhance the transition between critical thinking and putting our opinion down on paper in a coherent manner.


• Character creation and writing biographies.


• Articles& Prepositions: Correctly using definite, indefinite articles, and prepositions in written English.  This unit is focused on refining writing.


• The correct use of prepositions in English writing.


• Brainstorming ideas prior to writing – diagrams / topic areas / examples – by way of organising thoughts.



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