10th Grade Language Arts Course Outline

  • Reading Selections:

    • Nonfiction,short stories, and poetry
    • At least one class novel, such as Othello, Breathing Underwater, Kindred, Montana 1948
    • Several independent choice novels
    • Supplemental texts, such as additional poems, stories and articles related to class studies
    • Researchmaterials for debate

    Writing Assignments:

    • PersonalNarrative using sensory details, an element of conflict or tension, dialogue, and reflection
    • Position Paper demonstrating arguments in response to literature
    • Researched Debate to introduce a topic, organize ideas, and take a stand

    Other Assignments:

    • Masteryof reading strategies, such as making inferences, author’s purpose, finding the main idea, questioning strategies, paraphrasing and annotation, fact andopinion
    • Analysis of complex characters, style, setting, etc.
    • Various types of creative writing
    • Frequent journaling
    • Vocabulary development through context clues, word parts, and reference materials
    • Frequent discussions

    Types of assessments:

    • Multiplechoice reading comprehension quizzes
    • Vocabulary assessments
    • In-class timed writings