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01002 English 10

Field of Study

In English 10, students continue to build upon skills learned in earlier grades. There is a sustained emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will analyze the cultural and social function and universal themes of fictional texts from different cultures.

Material Covered

Tenth-grade students will analyze and synthesize information from nonfiction texts to solve problems, answer questions, and generate new knowledge. Students will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, classical allusions, and figurative language. They will continue to use the writing process to write/compose with an emphasis on persuasion and analysis while showing relationships among claims, reasons, and evidence from reliable sources. Students will create media messages and analyze the cause-and-effect relationships between mass media coverage and public opinion trends. They will continue to use multimodal tools to create presentations both independently and in small groups. Students will continue to build research skills by presenting information gathered from diverse sources and identifying misconceptions and possible bias while crediting sources using MLA format. They will continue to become skilled communicators, working both independently and in collaborative groups while presenting alternate views and working toward common goals. Students will develop skills in using online resources to access information and to properly credit sources of ideas used in their writing.

Student Expectations

This is not a self-paced course. Students will be expected to complete a variety of  assignments, including literary analysis, required readings, discussion boards, writing assignments, essays, projects, and quizzes. Students are expected to complete all coursework and homework according to the schedule posted by the instructor in a timely manner. Students should prepare to spend several hours per week working on assignments outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.


  • Successful completion of English 9 and passing score on English 8 SOL (required)
  • Must be self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently without constant supervision.

Course Texts and Materials


  • No textbook
  • Other Materials
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Other course readings, such as short stories, poems, fiction, and nonfiction (may be found online, located in a school/public library, or may be purchased)
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