10th Grade English

Learn the differences between English 10 and English 10 Honors classes.

English 10 and Honors English 10

English 10

Students will:

  • Read and analyze a variety of literary and nonfiction texts.
  • Compare and contrast the techniques authors use in literature of different cultures and eras.
  • Study vocabulary through learning about connotations, denotations, word origins, and structures.
  • Apply understanding of grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing through varied and frequent writing assignments.
  • Expand their understanding of writing as a process and develop their skills in revising to address a specific audience and purpose.
  • Collect, evaluate, organize, and present accurate and valid information to create a research product.
  • Improve communication and collaboration skills through small and large group discussions and presentations.
  • This is a Standards of Learning aligned course, which is tested in 11th grade.

Honors English 10 “deepens and advances the curriculum of English 10”

The difference between English 10 and Honors English 10

  • Some text titles
  • Length of texts
  • Depth to which texts are studied

English 10

Seven Core Texts:

  • Dr. Faustus
  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Frankenstein
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Persepolis
  • Night

Honors English 10

Eight Core Texts:

  • Dr. Faustus
  • Macbeth
  • “A Modest Proposal” A Tale of Two Cities
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Night
  • 1984
  • Persepolis

English 10

  • ½-1 hour of homework over two nights
  • 30-40 pgs of reading/night on average, plus occasional, reading
  • Approximately 1 full essay per quarter + additional short writing assignments

Honors English 10

  • 1-2 hours of homework over two nights
  • 40-60 pages of reading/night on average, plus additional assignments to prepare for class activities/discussions
  • Approximately 2 full essays per quarter + additional short writing assignments

In a Nutshell

English 10

  • Work is more structured and scaffolded
  • More opportunities to review plot and concepts in class 

Honors English 10

  • Students expected to have a solid understanding of plot and basic concepts prior to entering class.
  • The work in class builds off of basic tenets at a more accelerated pace.
  • There is an emphasis on higher level thinking skills (independently and collectively).
  • Students are expected to independently utilize resources as needed (reading guide questions, practice writing prompts, etc.) and seek additional help when needed (recognizing the need to use these resources and seek help!).
  • Students are expected to have some developed study skills.
  • The honors pace is to prepare students for AP the following year and thus requires more independent diligence and self advocacy than standard.

Considerations for choosing Honors English 10

Students enrolled in English 9 this year should consider taking Honors English 10 next year IF

  • They are currently earning an A (maybe B) average in their English and History courses
  • They are looking for an additional challenge
  • They are prepared to work hard in Honors English 10 to “catch up.”
  • An A or B average in English 9 does not guarantee an A or B average in Honors English 10!

Things to Keep in mind for Honors English

  • Honors English LINKED and Honors English UNLINKED are the same course!
  • It’s a progression
  • Building Skills
  • Developing
  • Looking to see grades go up every quarter
  • Account for a period of adjustment first quarter:
    • Summer Break
    • Shift from 9 to 10
    • Shift in expectations

How students benefit when they take Honors English 10 and World History Honors Linked

  • The linked courses have changed from years prior: they are now Honors English 10 and World History Honors.
  • Reinforce skills
  • Cross-Course assignments and projects.
  • When possible, teachers work together to coordinate assessments and assignments.

Things to consider when making course selections

Think carefully about course selections

  • Extra curricular activities
  • Time management skills
  • Independent study skills
  • Course load
  • Future plans (for example, scaffolding for junior year—where will your child focus his/her efforts?)
  • Academic goals
  • What kind of a challenge does your student want?

Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, but should think realistically about their abilities, work ethic and other responsibilities and commitments!