English 10
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Sophomore English is divided into two parts: Speech (first semester) and Literature (second semester). The speech semester requires students to present the following speeches: Demonstrative, Informative, and Persuasive, as well as several smaller impromptu and planned speeches. Writing accompanies each of the speech types. Students will also study poetry during the first semester. The literature semester includes the study of several short stories, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Writing assignments are interwoven into both semesters. Grammar is studied during both semesters through DOL (Daily Oral Language). A 30-lesson vocabulary series is used to expand students’ vocabulary. The series incorporates the study of analogies, which requires the students to review words from previous lessons.

Texts Used:

Literature, grade 10. (2012). Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Holt Handbook Grammar-Usage-Mechanics-Sentences Fourth Course, John E. Warriner, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2003.

Major Supplementary Materials Used:


            The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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