• Course Description: Welcome to English 10!  This course is designed to provide you with continued practice and a strong foundation in basic language arts skills.  We will read and study works from various genres, such as poetry, short stories, and novels.  In conjunction with the literature we read, we will be utilizing the writing process as we explore the various modes of written expression.  As a student in this class, you will be expected to read and write often and to be a positive contributing member during class sessions.  Please read the following expectations carefully to help ensure your success in the upcoming year.



    Pearson Common Core Literature- Grade 10                        Julius Caesar- William Shakespeare

    A Separate Peace- John Knowles                                              Lord of the Flies- William Golding             

    House on Mango Street- Sandra Cisneros                             Antigone- Sophocles



    1. Be respectful of others                 Be responsible for yourself                    c. Be ready to learn

    Grading: Your grade each marking period is based on the following:

    • 70% Performance Assessment: in general: tests/quizzes/essays/projects/skill-based performance measures
    • 20% Formative Assessments: Class work, participation, Bell Ringers/Exit passes, other formative assessment measures used to monitor progress
    • 10% Homework Assignments: practice material


    Late Work:  Work that is not turned in when it is due will be subjected to the school-wide late work policy. 






    UNIT 1: Literary Elements

    ·         Genre Study: Review, expand upon & practice identifying and analyzing elements of fiction

    ·         Literary Elements Review (brief)

    ·         Review & practice the process and skill of close reading

    ·         Review & practice text analysis

    ·         Review & practice constructed responses

    Short Stories: “The Monkey’s Paw,” “Civil Peace,” “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket,”

    A Separate Peace


    Unit Test

    Constructed Responses

    Expository Essay

    UNIT 2: Nonfiction

    ·         Genre Study: Review, expand upon & practice identifying and analyzing elements of nonfiction

    ·         Close reading nonfiction

    ·         Text analysis

    o    Author’s purpose, main idea/details, text organization

    ·         Text comparison

    “Occupation Conductorette” “The American Idea,” “Keep Memory Alive,”

    Varied media



    Test: “cold read”

    Constructed Responses

    UNIT 3: Poetry

    ·         Genre Study: Review, expand upon & practice identifying and analyzing poetic conventions

    ·         Close reading poetry

    ·         Text Analysis

    ·         Theme comparison

    Varied poems

    The House on Mango Street




    Test: “Cold Read”

    Constructed Responses

    UNIT 4: Drama

    ·         Genre Study: Review, expand upon & practice identifying and analyzing dramatic conventions

    ·         Close reading drama

    ·         Text Analysis

    ·         Theme comparison

    Julius Caesar



    Constructed Responses


    UNIT 5: Allegory

    ·         Genre Study: Review, expand upon and practice identifying and analyzing allegorical elements

    ·         Close reading allegory

    ·         Text Analysis

    ·         Allegorical Analysis

    Lord of the Flies


    Unit Test

    Constructed Responses