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English 10

Tenth grade English offers a detailed examination of archetypes within the literary story patterns of Romance, Tragedy, Comedy and Satire & Irony. Students continue to explore a variety of literary forms and develop and refine their understanding of critical writing, with particular focus on conventions, organization, analysis, interpretation and style. Additionally, students learn and practice skills emphasized in the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Core Curriculum, particularly those assessed by standardized tests. All tenth grade students will complete a comprehensive research project, the Sophomore Oral Presentation, as a course requirement. Representative Texts include J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees, and George Orwell’s 1984Additionally, all students in Grade 10 English will learn, practice and refine their understanding and application of the following grammatical concepts: Agreement (S-V, P-Ant); Verb Tense; Modifiers (misplaced, dangling); Punctuation Focus Review (commas, apostrophes). 

Students enrolling in 10 Accelerated should be prepared for nightly reading assignments of 35-40 pages; in 10 Honors 25-30 pages; in 9 Standard 15-20 pages. Similarly, writing amounts vary by level.


For more information on the curriculum and major units, see the links below and check out the NHS English Department's Archetypes Website.