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Honors 10

COURSE OVERVIEW

PREREQUISITES 
Successful completion of Honors English 9

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Read, analyze, and appreciate the breadth and depth of American literature
  • Identify literary devices (e.g. figurative language, allusion, imagery) and
    incorporate them in one’s own writing.
  • Develop writing skills that will enhance one’s ability to compose analytically in the
    informative, persuasive, and narrative modes of essay writing.
  • Recognize and employ effective speaking skills in formal and informal presentations.
  • Build an extensive vocabulary.
  • This course is required for sophomore Honors students. The major focus of the course
    is learning to think critically about language by reading and analyzing a variety of works
    from American literature while learning to write effective essays.
    
DESCRIPTION
This course is required for sophomore Honors students. The major focus of the course is
learning to think critically about language by reading and analyzing a variety of works from
American literature while learning to write effective essays.


EXPECTATIONS Students will be expected to adhere to a demanding reading schedule.
Students will enhance their writing styles while mastering basic writing skills through frequent
writing assignments. Students will display proficiency in grammar, mechanics, and language
usage. Students will deliver a variety of oral presentations and take an active part in classroom
discussions.

CLASS LITERATURE
Class content will consist of a combination of the following:

 
Fiction Nonfiction Drama Poetry
Of Mice and Men
The Great Gatsby
The Scarlet Letter
Speak
Various short stories
 
 
database research
---literary analysis
---controversial topics
excerpts from selections
current event articles
 
 
The Crucible
Our Town
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
 
 
 
Various selections from authors including: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson
 
 
 
     
Click the following links for more information regarding each topic:
Class Announcements
Notebook Checks
Keystone Prep
Writing Folders