Welcome to English 10: Writing and Literature! This college preparatory class emphasizes the study of global voices. This course will focus on developing the analytical thinking, reading and writing skills necessary for academic and real-world success. Together, we will interact with various levels and genres of texts, including novels, non-fiction essays, speeches, short stories, and poetry, in order to explore the course’s essential question: how does language shape our identities and our worldview? Throughout the year, students may read works by Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Luis Valdez, Ursula K. Le Guin among many other authors.
In addition to the books we read in class, English 10 students are asked to read independent reading books of their choice totaling to 800 pages for most English 10 classes and 900 pages for PUENTE 10. Every week, students are expected to post a blog entry detailing their independent reading book, a response to a quote of their choice, and the number of pages they read that week.
Course Slide presentations are available for any student who missed class or wishes to access notes at a later date. Students are asked to view the course notes any day they are absent to stay aware of homework assignments and due dates, the daily bellwork prompt, and writing workshop prompts. Unless prearranged, due dates are firm regardless of absence.