English 10 - at the standard, enriched and honors levels - is an American Literature course. The course is organized chronologically beginning with the Romantics and culminating in contemporary works of fiction and non-fiction. The diversity and unity of the American experience is reflected in the works studied. Students are required to read difficult works of literature and informational texts, develop a higher level of thinking skills, expand their vocabulary, improve their grammar and use of language, do research, create a multimedia presentation, and learn to write in a variety of forms, including narrative, argumentative, and explanatory, with periodic emphasis on prewriting, organizing, and revising.
Students in all levels of English 10 will study both classic and contemporary American works in a variety of genre - novels, memoirs, short stories, poetry, films, including documentary - to broaden and refine the language and communication tools they need to navigate 21st century discourse. Language and literature study at this level provides a bridge from the experience of freshman year, an introduction to scholarship at the secondary level, to the experience of junior year, where students prepare for college-level reading comprehension, analysis and synthesis.
Since all language and reading requirements will consistently range beyond those in other tenth grade courses, strong motivation, independent study, and responsibility in meeting deadlines, and ability to read and digest challenging works are keys to success in this course. Students recommended for placement in Honors English 10 should demonstrate superior performance in language skills in class performance and on standardized tests, as well as self-motivation and strong study skills.
This course aims to improve student’s ability to:
- develop analytical and critical reading strategies as well as an appropriate vocabulary to comprehend a variety of challenging and sophisticated texts;
- develop strategies to read text closely and support analysis through textual evidence both explicitly and inferentially;
- support the comprehension and analysis of a variety of genres;
- develop and nurture both a love of reading and advanced skills in interpreting literature through individually selected literature circle titles offered throughout the year;
- develop the writing process and writing to learn strategies through which students compose a variety of written responses for different purposes and audiences, employing a range of voices and taking compositional risks;
- use listening and viewing strategies to identify the intent of presentation, critically assess the message and increase listening and viewing sophistication.
Unit 1: 1800-1900: Romanticism and Realism: Two Views of America
Unit 2: 1900-1945: New Voices in the Literary Landscape
Unit 3: 1945 - 1959 - The Problems and Possibilities of the American Dream in the Modern Age
Unit 4: 1960 - Present: Continuing the Conversation: Contemporary American Texts