Language Arts 10

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Semester 1

Course Description

English for grade 10 is an integrated curriculum, with each unit consisting of thematically related lessons in five domains: analyzing literature, analyzing informational text, writing, speaking and listening, and language study, which includes word knowledge and grammar skills. The skills that students practice for this course are similar to the skills in English 9 but require more independence and depth of thought. An introductory lesson at the start of each unit helps students identify any areas of weakness and review those topics before starting the more challenging grade 10 lessons. Writing assignments required in Semester A of this course include fiction, expository, and persuasive, and analytical modeses, emphasizing the use of details, evidence, and reasoning to support ideas. Speaking and listening lessons in Semester A cover collaborative discussion skills, the peer review process, and how to plan and deliver informative speeches and presentations. Vocabulary development instruction is integrated into literature and informational text lessons. Each unit ends with an authentic assessment that presents students with a real-world scenario requiring some of the skills they learned in the unit.

Course Prerequisites

Language Arts 9

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Required Novels:

  • Animal Farm (Semester A)

Optional Novels (Choose 1 per semester):

  • Catcher in the Rye
  • The Bean Trees
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Twelfth Night
  • Farewell Manzanar
  • Antigone

Major Concepts

Semester 2

Course Description

Like semester A, semester B consists of integrated units focused on a theme or mode of study. Literature study in semester B focuses on the analysis of different forms of literature and as well as the evaluation of various modes and forms of writing. Writing and informational text lessons guide students through the stages of a rigorous research proceess and demonstrate how to evaluate, integrate, and share the information gathered during research. Students are required to share their ideas and analysis using several different modes, including oral and multimedia presentations.

Course Prerequisites

Language Arts 9

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Required Novels:

  • Night (Semester B)

Optional Novels (Choose 1 per semester):

  • Catcher in the Rye
  • The Bean Trees
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Twelfth Night
  • Farewell Manzanar
  • Antigone

Major Concepts