Honors English 10 - The course focuses on oral language instruction and emphsizes the participation in and the critique of small group learning activities. The reading and literature component includes a survey of British literature, especially the reading of poetry and drama; nonfiction reading focuses on the understanding and evaluation of consumer information such as labels, warranties, and contracts. Writing instruction pinpoints expository composition and the ability to critique profession and peer writing. Direct vocabulary instruction improves students' reading and writing fluency and prepares them for the SOL, SAT, and ACT tests. Students are taught to collect, organize, and present information in a documented research paper.
Students are encouraged to purchase copies of the novels we study in class. This is not mandatory; however, students benefit greatly from annotating and interacting with the text.
Quarter 1 Plan: Introduction of characterization, rhetoric, and theme analysis skills through poems, non-fiction articles, and novels. Writing: Introduction of AXES writing format for rhetorical analysis writing.
Topics: Annotations, big ideas and themes, propaganda, rhetoric, relationship between author's word choice and theme, conflict, characterization, assertions, commentary, evidence, MLA format citations, relationships between elements of literature.
Quarter 2 Plan: Continued application of literary analysis skills through in-class plays, poetry, and Literature Circles with the addition of historical context. Writing: Continued application of AXES paragraph for literary analysis.
Topics: author's word choice, connotation vs denotation, distinguishing literary forms, cultural or social function of literary text, influence of historical context, assertions, selecting effective evidence, commentary.
Quarter 3 Plan: Continued application of literary analysis and synthesis skills through in-class short stories, poetry, and Literature Circles. Writing: Focus on persuasion and literary analysis.
Topics: Figurative language, idioms, varied critical perspectives, character development, assertions, evidence, and commentary, ethical use of internet for research.
Quarter 4 Plan: Final application of literary analysis skills through novels, short stories, and poetry with Literature Circles or independent reading. Focus on synthesizing information from multiple texts. Writing: Final application of AXES paragraphs in literary analysis, evaluation of sources, and counterclaims.
Topics: Compare/contrast details in literary texts, counterclaims, inferences, synthesis, literary devices, ethical use of internet, MLA format, and research.