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    COURSE DESCRIPTION:  English 10 is a year-long course that emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, thinking, viewing, and presenting. An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills is an on-going part of the class. Students refine their skills of written expression by writing  compare contrast, literary analysis, research, persuasive, and narrative essays. Students analyze important themes in classic and modern works of various literary genres including short story, novel, and non-fiction. Topics include author’s purpose and perspective, exploration of human motives and conflicts, the study of figurative, connotative, and technical vocabulary in context, literary devices, and the art of persuasion. The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course. Prerequisite: None



    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Analyze human motives, conflicts, and the quest for power by reading and discussing a variety of texts

    2. Understand that writing is situated in a time and place, and that these factors influence the writer’s perspective

    3. Use writing as a tool to expand thinking by comparing and contrasting texts

    4. Determine the figurative, connotative, and technical meanings of words and phrases

    5. Identify relevance of literary elements  in select reading

    6. Select relevant evidence from the text to support ideas

    7. Apply elements of the writing process, including planning, writing, revising, editing, and proofing

    8. Develop claim, evidence, and warrant (PEA) in writing

    9. Differentiate between fact and opinion, active and passive voice

    10. Incorporate MLA format in research-based writing

    11. Demonstrate understanding of essay components, including thesis, transitions, and supporting details

    12. Identify plot elements, including exposition, rising action, climax, and denouement

    13. Develop argumentative writing

    14. Plan, write, and deliver a persuasive speech
    15. Apply standard English to writing, incorporating correct grammar and conventions

    16. Engage in meaningful, synchronous and asynchronous  discussions


    Supplemental Reading:

    Short Stories/Excerpts:

    • “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman

    • “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughs

    • “To Build a Fire” byJack London

    • “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown

    • “In His Own Words” by Cesar Chavez

    • "Rashomon" by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    • “The Answer is No” by Naguib Mahfouz

    • “Bill” by Zona Gale

    • Excerpt: Interview with Malcolm X

    • Excerpt: Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



    Night by Elie Wiesel

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


    *Media links for supplemental reading are included in unit course resources.



    1. Read and view all related material linked to individual topics within units.

    2. Actively engage in discussions related to course objectives.

    3. Complete all assignments.

    4. Attend and/or view recorded all webinars.

    5. Create and maintain blog.



    You will need a device (preferably a laptop/Chromebook/desktop) with consistent Internet access. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are the preferred browsers and you can download either for free. You will also need access to a Word processing program such as Google Docs (free) or MS Word. You will need to be able to access this class independently, create and submit word-processed documents, and set up a blog.



    A: 90% and above

    B: 80-89%

    C: 70-79%

    D: 60-69%

    F: 59% and below



    • Week 1: Quarter Overview and Introductions

    • Week 2: Perspective

    • Week 3: Figurative, Connotative, and Technical Words

    • Week 4: Using What We Have Learned to Compare and Contrast

    • Week 5: The Writing Process

    • Week 6: Before Reading Night

    • Week 7: Starting Night

    • Week 8: Night Concluded

    • Week 9: Finishing Night

    • Week 10: Quarter Review and Wrap-Up


    • Week 1: Quarter Overview and Conflict

    • Week 2: Plot and Types of Conflict

    • Week 3: Claim, Evidence, and Warrant

    • Week 4: Literary Devices: Literary Elements

    • Week 5: Literary Devices: Literary Techniques

    • Week 7: Final Writing


    • Week 1: Quarter Overview and Persuasive Writing

    • Week 2: Fallacies, Persuasion, and Word Choice

    • Week 3: Tone and Active and Passive Voice

    • Week 4: Developing an Argument

    • Week 5: Credible Data and Evidence

    • Week 6: Argument and Persuasion in Action Through Social Changes

    • Week 7: Argumentation/Persuasion with Debate

    • Week 8: Persuasive Social Change Continued, Planning and Research for Writing

    • Week 9: Catch-Up Week

    • Week 10: Last Week


    • Week 1: Quarter Overview and Inferences

    • Week 2: Connotation and Denotation

    • Week 3: Analyzing How Authors Use Words to Convey Meaning and Tone

    • Week 4: Starting To Kill A Mockingbird

    • Week 5: To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 3-9

    • Week 6: To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 10-19

    • Week 7: To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 20-26

    • Weeks 8 and 9: To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 27-31 and Final