English 10

In this course you will read novels, plays, short stories, essays, and poetry to analyze the choices authors make to convey a specific message. 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 have studied.

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SEMESTER 1

Unit 1: Introduction to the Course

  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Annotating Text
  • Using Credible Sources and Higher Order Questioning
  • Who is Elie Wiesel?
  • Internal/External Conflict
  • Theme
  • Parallelism
  • Personal Narratives

Unit 2: Literary Devices and Narrative Writing

  • Figurative Language
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Repetition
  • Am O. Henry
  • Context Clues
  • Seven Basic Plot Lines
  • The Most Dangerous Game

Unit 3: Characters in Literature

  • Static and Complex Characters
  • John Steinbeck
  • Characterization
  • Foreshadowing 
  • Metaphors in Poetry
  • Explicating Poetry
  • Poetic Devices
  • Rhyme Schemes
  • Idioms 
  • Symbolism
  • Satire
  • Setting
  • Magic Realism
  • Diction/Word Choice  

SEMESTER 2

Unit 4: Drama/Tragedy

  • Othello Background
  • Irony
  • Allusions 
  • Globe Theater Experience
  • Soliloquies, Monologues, and Asides
  • When Plays Turn Into Movies
  • Claims and Counterclaims
  • Using Outside Sources
  • Integrating Quotes 

Unit 5: Short Stories

  • Revision
  • Maya Angelou 
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Strengthening Your Writing 
  • Rudyard Kipling Background
  • Edgar Allan Poe Background
  • Tone and Mood
  • Compound and Complex Sentences
  • Composing and Delivering an Effective Speech

Unit 6: Past Meets Future Literature

  • Who is James Thurber?
  • How to Write a Review 
  • Black Women in the Days of Sojourner Truth
  • Fragments and Run-ons
  • Vonnegut and Harrison Bergeron