This course is intended to prepare high school sophomores for continued study in college preparatory work, often AP English Language or Literature. The course can be taught over one year on a 7-8 period day or one semester on a 4-period day (for which it was originally intended).

This course includes:

  • Antigone
  • Homophones
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Julius Caesar
  • Rhetoric
  • Short Story Writing
  • Clauses
  • Fiction
  • Outside Reading Projects
  • Memoir Writing
  • Poetry
  • Punctuation
  • A Separate Peach
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Personal Essays
  • Final Exams

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The following National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards are covered in the English 10 course developed here. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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These are the elements of English 10, divided up into two semesters (on a 7-8 period day) or quarters (on a block schedule). This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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These graphic organizer templates are great for many different areas of a Language Arts class, especially reading, vocabulary, and writing. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Antigone Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

The following is my collection of materials for teaching Sophocles' play Antigone to a 10th grade English class. I teach from McDougal-Littel's text The Language of Literature, so some items are indicative of this. This collection includes activities, study guides, projects, quizzes, tests, and answer keys. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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This unit will help students to avoid common errors in their writing related to homonyms and other words commonly confused. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Socratic Seminars

by Sarah Lorntson

Socratic Seminar is a way to have a structured class discussion about a reading assignment or other topic of interest. The concept is based on Socrates' teaching methods and is an effective way to engage all students and to encourage multiple perspectives in a respectful environment. I use the following items in many of my Language Arts Classes to introduce the concepts of the Socratic Seminar, to execute the seminars, and to rate students' work. These materials can be easily adapted to fit other content areas. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Julius Caesar Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

This unit covers the entire play for an English 10 class. Resources include: Study Guides Pre-Reading Activities Activities During Reading Quizzes This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Rhetoric Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

This unit covers the basics of rhetoric for 10th grade students. Materials for this unit include: Rhetoric PowerPoint presentations Rhetoric terms Vocabulary Rhetorical Analysis This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Short Story Writing Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students will write their own creative short stories in this unit. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Clause Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

This unit teaches students about the types of clauses and how to use them in sentences, while avoiding run-ons and fragments. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Fiction Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students will read and analyze short stories while learning about elements of fiction. This unit includes worksheets, quizzes, activities, and a project. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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This is a template of the informal grade sheet I use to evaluate their projects. This resource is part of the Outside Reading Projects Unit and the English 10 course.
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Students will choose one book per semester (or quarter on a block schedule) to read outside class. One will be fiction, and the other will be biography, autobiography, or memoir. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Memoir Writing Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

As part of this unit, students will write a creative memoir about something that is important in their lives. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Poetry Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students will learn about the elements of poetry while analyzing poems. This unit includes quizzes and other activities related to poetry. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Punctuation Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

This unit reviews the basics of punctuation, including apostrophes, commas, quotation marks, to name a few. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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"A Separate Peace" Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students read and analyze the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This unit includes quizzes, a test, and other valuable resources. This resource is part of the “A Separate Peace” Unit and the English 10 course.
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Persuasive Essay Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students will choose a controversial issue and write persuasively about it. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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Personal Essay Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Using "This I Believe" from National Public Radio, students will write a short personal essay about a belief that they have. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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English 10 Final Exams

by Sarah Lorntson

These English 10 final exams will cover semester 1 or 2 materials (or quarter 1 and 2 in a block schedule). This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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