Tenth Grade Courses
HONORS ENGLISH 10
Honors English 10 is the second in the sequence of accelerated courses in English. The course is designed to offer students an understanding of literary genres. Students learn to read critically and closely as they apply elements of analysis to novels, short stories, drama and poetry. Study in vocabulary and grammar is promoted, and precision in writing and speaking is stressed. Students develop and polish composition skills by writing in various modes. A fully documented research paper is a course requirement. Technology will be incorporated throughout this course to further assist with meeting these goals. Students enrolled in Honors English 10 must possess exceptional motivation to meet the rigor and challenge of the course.
ACADEMIC ENGLISH 10
Academic 10 is a year-long course that is designed to challenge and expand students' reading, writing, and researching skills through a variety of composition, grammar, oral communication, literature, and research units. Students study a variety of literature which includes the study of non-fiction, short fiction, the novel, drama, Shakespeare, and poetry. Students will write several descriptive and expository compositions. In addition, all 10th grade academic students are required to complete an acceptable MLA based research project before moving on to their 11th grade English requirement. Students will build effective vocabulary by continuing the sequential vocabulary program. Through this course, academic tenth graders will gain the necessary skills to improve literary analysis, written and oral communication skills, and technology skills.
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIONS 10
English Communications 10 is a full-year course that focuses on the continued exploration of reading, writing, vocabulary and MLA based research using various approaches. Students read and study a variety of literature including novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and drama. Students express their ideas about literature by writing in various modes. Effective interpersonal communication in a variety of situations is emphasized as well as integrating appropriate technology into the curriculum of this course. All 10th grade Communications students are required to complete an acceptable MLA based research project before moving on to their 11th grade English requirement.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Public Speaking is a required course for all students, held four days per week, designed to facilitate a student's individual improvement in formal and interpersonal oral communications, as well as to develop appropriate technology for varying occasions. Students will deliver a minimum of nine speeches of various lengths focused in the areas of information, persuasion, and oral interpretation. Assessments will be based on speech preparation and delivery based on a variety of occasions and audiences, appropriate delivery style, and meeting length requirements. Students will be prepared for success in all academic areas of study through the application of organizational, technical, research, and listening and speaking skills. Students will also develop and practice listening skills, peer evaluation, and self-evaluation.