Language Arts 10

LANGUAGE ARTS 10 Grade: 10; 2 Semesters, Required
The literature units in LA 10 will include short stories, a graphic novel, and an extensive unit on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Second semester literature selections will include the Holocaust memoir, Night, a non-fiction piece called Chew on This and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  We will also complete a reading review unit in preparation for the MCA reading test in the spring. The writing component will focus on various small assignments throughout the year and a few multi-draft, larger assignments: a narrative, a comparative analysis, and creative writing.
The sentence skills will include parts of the sentence, clauses and phrases, and complete sentences. Vocabulary and speaking skills will also be practiced. The speech will be a collaborative assignment between language arts and social studies. To fulfill the viewing component we will be analyzing a few films from history including a silent film, action/adventure film, and a western.  
ADVANCED LANGUAGE ARTS 10 Grade: 10; 2 Semesters, Required
This is an advanced course that will allow students to work at quicker pace and also look at specific topics in greater detail.  The literature component will include Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Holocaust memoir Night, the non-fiction piece Ordinary Men, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Upton Sinclair’s classic novel, The Jungle, read in conjunction with Chew on This, and an extensive short story unit. The focus of writing assignments will be on critical analysis. We will use our writing assignments to decipher how authors use literary elements to effectively write their stories.  On top of several critical analysis assignments, students will also complete a narrative and a creative writing assignment.
There will be an extensive grammar unit throughout the school year. Students will also be required to complete weekly vocabulary units and complete one speech during the year. Students will also participate in a historical film unit as well.  

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