English 10

GENERAL STUDIES

English 10

Course Description:

This is a genre-based course in which students will study a variety of short stories, poems, plays, novels, and works of non-fiction for critical analysis and discussion.  Course content will focus on interpreting literature beyond the literal level, and students will be expected to recognize and apply various literary techniques.  In conjunction with the reading, the writing component will emphasize the development and support of a thesis statement in literary analysis.  Students will receive instruction in various writing modes (persuasive, expository, descriptive, and narrative) and in the stages of process writing.  Grammar, punctuation, and usage are integrated into writing instruction with particular attention given to revision and editing.  Vocabulary will be emphasized both within the context of the readings and through vocabulary lessons and practice.  There will be some opportunity for oral presentations.

 

 Texts:

Glencoe American Literature or Elements of Literature, Fourth Course

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

The Pearl, John Steinbeck

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberg

 

Course Objectives:

  • Students will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the characteristics of different genres
  • Students will identify, analyze and apply knowledge of theme in a literary work and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding
  • Students will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the structure and elements of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, classical literature, and dramatic literature, and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding
  • Students will identify and analyze how an author’s words appeal to the senses, create imagery, suggest mood, and set tone, and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding
  • Students will write with a clear focus, coherent organization, and sufficient detail
  • Students will write for different audiences and purposes
  • Students will demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone, and word choice (diction) in their compositions after revising them
  • Students will use their knowledge of standard English conventions in writing, revising, and editing
  • Students will understand and acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing
  • Students will make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and the information to be conveyed

 

 

Scope and Sequence:

Unit I:

  • The Short Story

Students will read and analyze short stories selected from

Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • The Jungle (novel)

 

Unit II:

  • Drama

Students will read and analyze excerpted dramatic pieces selected from

Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • A Raisin in the Sun (play)

 

Unit III:

  • Poetry

Students will read and analyze poetry selected from Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • The Pearl (novella)

 

Unit IV:

  • Memoir

Students will study autobiographical, expository writing, focusing on the college application essay

  • The Old Man and the Sea (novel)