English 10 is a two-part course focusing on writing skills and reading comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction texts. In the first part of the course, English 10-A, students will be introduced to the 6+1 Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation) and will focus on Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, and Voice for the first half of the course. Students will explore the overarching theme of identity and how life experiences change influence a person’s identity by reading a variety of short non-fiction and short stories, in addition to the following longer texts: Anthem, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Antigone.
English 10-B will continue working through the 6+1 Traits of Writing with an increased focus on Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation. Students will read Bound Feet and Western Dress and Body of Christopher Creed in the second half as they explore the major themes of cultural identity and how decisions can affect the lives of others around them and their own futures.