English 10 Academic Quarter 1 Plan
Students are encouraged to purchase a copy of the class novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell. This is not mandatory; however, students benefit greatly from annotating and interacting with the text. A PDF will be uploaded on Schoology.
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.
English 10 Academic Quarter 2 Plan
Students will be reading a series of non-fiction articles and answering corresponding SOL-style comprehension questions and writing responses to SOL prompts.
Quarter 2 Plan: Non-fiction texts to mimic articles that could be included on the 11th grade SOL. Continued application of literary analysis skills through short stories. Writing: SOL prompts to build understanding of SOL writing. Continued application of AXES paragraph for literary analysis.
Topics: Author's word choice, connotation vs denotation, distinguishing literary forms, assertions, selecting effective evidence, commentary.
English 10 Academic Quarter 3 Plan
Students will be reading a variety of short stories to strengthen their literary analysis and synthesis skills. Students will also answer corresponding SOL-style comprehension questions for each story. In addition, students will be engaging with a number of short stories and continuing their knowledge of the AXES analysis format.
Quarter 3 Plan: Students will build on the skills they developed last quarter for SOL essay writing by writing a complete essay.There will also be continued application of literary analysis skills through the use of short stories. Writing: SOL prompts to build understanding of SOL writing. Persuasive writing and literary analysis.
Topics: Assertions, strong evidence, author's purpose, figurative language, commentary, vocabulary, annotations, varied critical perspectives.