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English 10
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Ever wonder what it is about your favorite book that makes it so great? In this course you will read novels, plays, short stories, essays, and poetry to analyze the choices authors make to paint a mental picture. You will learn about different writing styles, from satire to nonfiction, and how literary devices illuminate important nuances in given works. By the end of this course, you will have an appreciation for how you can improve your writing by applying the literary techniques you learned about.

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Unit 1: Expository Writing
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  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Citing Sources
  • Expository Writing
  • Logical Fallacies and Syllogisms
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Unit 2: Adversity in Literature
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  • Author Background (O. Henry)
  • Personal Narrative Writing
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Personal Narrative
  • Foreshadowing and Persuasive Speech
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Unit 3: Poetry
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  • Poetry Techniques
  • Idioms and Grammar
  • Sonnet Form
  • Symbolism and Student Poetry
  • Satire
  • Author Background (Kurt Vonnegut)
  • Setting
  • Magic Realism
  • Diction/Word Choice
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Unit 5: Shakespeare and Argument Writing
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  • Literature of Focus: Othello
  • Complex characters; Irony; Allusions
  • Shakespeare Introduction
  • Claims; Counterarguments; Integrating Quotes
  • Argument Essay
  • Maya Angelou Poetry
  • Science Fiction Writing; Grammar; Short Story
  • Edgar Allan Poe
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Unit 6: Selected Short Stories
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  • Literature of Focus: Selected short stories and poetry
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald; "The Rich Boy"
  • Speech writing; "The Ballot or the Bullet" (Malcolm X)
  • Walt Whitman and Nikki Giovanni poetry
  • Critique writing; "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
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Unit 7: Colloquialism and Narrative Writing
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  • Literature of Focus: The Autobiography of Sojourner Truth
  • Sojourner Truth; Colloquial English
  • Autobiography of Sojourner Truth; Grammar
  • Autobiography of Sojourner Truth; Sentence Combining
  • Personal Narrative Writing
  • Short story ("The Big Trip Up Yonder"); Vocabulary Development
  • Short story ("The Sniper"); Imagery