English 10

Course Description:

This is the a year long  course.  Students will read engaging works of literature and explore topics of interest as they develop their reading, writing and speaking skills. Students will complete two sets of units that focus on narrative writing and argumentative writing.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): English 10
Course Title (NCES SCED) : English/Language Arts II (10th grade)
Course Provider : Montague Area Public Schools
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Montague Area Public Schools
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum, Common Core State Standards, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document : http://media.mivu.org/mivhs/alignchart/ela/ela_10a.pdf
Academic Terms : Year Long
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : English/Language Arts II (10th grade)
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 1.0
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U-YFSFkRlPHVqrFpNQGgj8H1oEmGhaYSV6i3kIbYlMY/edit?ts=611abbc8
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description:

Students are responsible for obtaining their own copy of 

  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

And one of the following: 

  • The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman
  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie

Upon completing this course students will be able to: 

  • Identify a variety of literary elements and devices
  • Produce personal narratives using literary elements and devices
  • Produce personal narratives using audio and visual tools
  • Explore a number of sources in order to find support for a specific position and topic
  • Produce argumentative writings that use evidence from sources to support a claim
  • Students will engage in themed units that include a variety of reading and writing activities.
  • Students will learn how to analyze various texts.
  • Students will use various forms of technology to complete assignments.

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The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met ACT practice test is required
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The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met Multicultural literature
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Review Conducted By: Michigan Virtual
Date of Review: 05/22/2014

1st Semester's Outline

  • Unit 1: Students will read The Color of Water and explore elements of literature and memoirs, then write their own short narrative use the elements they have explored.
  • Unit 2: Students will explore literary elements and devices and write two mini-memoirs--poem and short story.
  • Unit 3: Students will explore and create their own digital story.
  • Unit 4: Students will complete several writer’s workshops in order to write their own narrative.
  • Unit 5: Students will complete a practice PSAT on reading and analyze their own progress.
  • Unit 6: Students will read The Catcher in the Rye and complete several writer’s workshops in order to practice argumentative writing.
  • Unit 7: Students will use several different types of text maps and graphic organizers to categorize and analyze information in text, video, and audio.
  • Unit 8: Students will complete a practice PSAT on reading and analyze their own progress.
  • Unit 9: Students will complete several writer’s workshops in order to write an argumentative essay on a topic they have chosen using resources from the course.

2nd Semester's Outline

Unit 1: Discovering the Truth 

  • Introduction Activities
  • Students respond to post about the use of power
  • See, Think, Wonder about the author Erich Maria Remarque
  • Respond to the video/song "All Quiet on the Western Front"
  • Complete chart on character traits from All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Flat vs. Round Character: Analyze character from All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Students respond to question on symbolism from All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Write a thesis and introduction based on theme from All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Fill out organizer based on use of tone in"Unbroken", "War", and "The Sniper"
  • Double entry journal on Restrepo
  • Writing a supporting paragraph based on the idea of survival during war
  • Sentence structures
  • Respond to questions based on the essays "Truth" and "This I Believe"
  • Make a claim about what you believe or what makes you angry
  • Complete organizer using information from NPR web site
  • Informative Essay
  • Discussion boards for informative essay

Unit 2: Courage and Convictions 

  • Student will take SAT practice test then respond to questions on discussion board
  • Respond to the idea of traditions
  • Complete organizer about traditions/rituals in the novel Things Fall Apart
  • Write a thesis and supporting paragraph for Things Fall Apart
  • Respond to questions for "The Ketchup Conundrum"
  • Headline activity for Malcolm Gladwell essays
  • Respond to post about the power to change
  • See, Think, Wonder about interactive art
  • Response to Ken Robinson clip
  • Journaling to novel choice from given list
  • Respond to the video clip "Lost Generation"
  • Student will create personal goal map
  • Generating a research question
  • Quiz on primary and secondary resources
  • Generating questions for research
  • Students will create annotated bibliography cards
  • Students will create bibliography cards
  • Students will create note cards
  • Students will write a thesis statement for research
  • Student will create outline for research
  • Presentation of research
  • Student will discuss attention grabber for presentation
  • Student will complete Works Cited page for the resources used on research project
  • Student will take SAT practice test then respond to questions on discussion board
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