The entirety of this course is approached from an analytical/contextual perspective. This means, we will not just be answering questions about literature, we will trying to understanding what that literature is saying and how that literature develops its themes. Eventually, you will be expect to create your own questions about a piece of literature and, after considering the features and context of that literature, answer them.
The content of English 10 is divided into several sections, but the skills that you will learn will be useful across these literary genres. The content of the course is divided as follows.
Grammar - Sentence construction & usage of correct grammatical structures / Paragraph construction and logical construction of ideas / Introduction to writing about literature
Short Stories -> Reading to interpret and develop analytical understanding / Introduction to literary terms and ideas / Writing to connect literary terms with the literature / Writing to use literary terms with literature
Poetry -> Reading to interpret and develop understanding of poetic forms and poetic context / Introduction to poetic terms and ideas / Writing to compare contemporary and historical poetry / Writing to connect poetic terms with analytic approaches to literature
Shakespeare - Reading to understand complex literary texts / Reading to paraphrase and cite sources / Writing to analyze, interpret and explain complex literary texts / Presenting to assist with understanding of literary contexts
Essay and Speech Writing - Reading to understand argumentative and persuasive tactics / Introduction to rhetorical devices and sentence construction / Writing to construct persuasive arguments in essay format / Reading and writing to understand and assess quality of sources.
Novel Study- Reading to understand construction of plot and usage of literary tactics / Introduction to character development and usage of literary devices that affect story / Writing to integrate literary themes in poetic and fictional texts / Writing to connect student interests with literary themes
You will be expected to work hard in this class. Most of the writing that you will be assessed on will be completed in class. However, you must complete a substantial amount of work at home if you wish to do well.
Also, because it is so easy plagiarize work these days, I will expect that any work that needs to be done at home will be submitted to www.turnitin.com before I will mark it. Before we can use turnitin, you must acquire the consent of your parents. There is a permission form listed below. Please ensure you have it filled out for the first week of class.
Below is a copy of my syllabus, a link to www.turnitin.com and list of in-class behavioural expectations.