• 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.