English Classes for Tenth Grade

Tenth grade offers a time between the beginning of high school and the rush to college, a time when many are looking forward to gaining independence with driver’s licenses. It’s a good year to reflect on our values, the history around us, and what healthy independence is.

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Reflections and Literature Month-by-Month

Class Time: 9 am Pacific Time (1 pm EST) on T/Th

Month-by-month topics:

September Text: The Great Gatsby Theme: A World Out of Balance. Assignments: Reading Notes, Short Literary Critique Essay, and a Short Story Response.

October Text: The Tragedy of Macbeth. Theme: Ambition Corrupts. Assignments: Reading Notes, Diorama, and either an Essay or a One-act Script.

November Text: Farenheit 451. Theme: Censorship. Assignments: Reading Notes, Essay Response on Theme, and A Short Story.

December Text: The House on Mango Street. Theme: Power of Words. Assignments: Reading Notes, Narrative Essay, and a Short Story.

January Text: Just Mercy. Theme: Justice and Mercy. Assignments: Reading Notes, Persuasive Essay, and a Speech.

February: Of Mice and Men. Theme: Isolation and Friendship. Assignments: Reading Notes, Theme Essay, and A Short Story.

March Text: The Once and Future King. Theme: Might Vs. Right. Assignments: Reading Notes, Persuasive Essay, and a Short Story.

April Texts: All Poetry for Poetry Month. All from the Poetry Foundation Online. Themes vary with each poem. Assignments include: Reading Notes, a Short Critique/Response Essay, and a Series of Poems. Texts include, but are not limited to: “Ancestries of Land Mines” by Mukoma Wa Ngugi, “Perfect for Any Occasion” by Albert Rios, “When Monrovia Rises” by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, “Hangul Abecedarian” by Franny Choi, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth, “The Death of a Soldier” by Wallace Stevens, and “Making Peace” by Denise Levertov.

May Texts: Essays and Essayists. Themes: Vary by Essay. Assignments: Reading Notes, A Short Persuasive Essay, and a College Application Essay. Texts include but are not limited to: “Once More to the Lake” by E.B. White, “Homeless” by Anna Quindlen, “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan.

June Texts: “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, “Nicholas Was” by Neil Gaiman. Assignments: Reading Notes, A Short Literary Critiqu, a Drabble Story, and a Flash Fiction Story.

Cost of class: $60 per month of instruction, payable before class starts.

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Focus Class: Journal

In each standalone class, students will be asked to write to a creative reflection to a prompt in 25 minutes. After the writing portion, students will be asked to reflect on their writing and look for ways to strengthen their content. As in the ninth grade journal class, the objective in this class is to be able to understand how to answer a prompt with a rough draft essay in a short time frame. We will focus on the positive, but look for ways to improve.

Cost of the class: $20 per session.

Time: Each class is a single session class, offered on the second Friday of each month, at 9 am.


Take time to reflect. Take time to write.


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