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Grade 10 English II Course Outline

Grade 10 English II Course Outline

1.0 Credit

To expose students to a variety of literary genres to further their appreciation of literature.

To develop students’ vocabulary-building skills through the use of context clues and word origin/structure analysis.

To help students recognize and understand the use of a variety of literary elements (terms and techniques).

To enable students to respond to literature in a way that reflects intelligent and thoughtful analysis.

To provide a wide range of learning opportunities, including daily and longer-term projects, in order that students of all ability levels may be able to reach their respective potentials and be successful.

To foster a classroom atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of respect for others’ opinions, beliefs and ways of being.


  • The student will review and practice grammar and punctuation.
  • The student will develop vocabulary.
  • The student will practice different types of essay writing.
  • The student will read critically, informatively, and for pleasure.

Reading literature and informational texts:

  • vocabulary
  • poetry
  • short stories
  • drama: Macbeth, Oedipus Rex and Antigone
  • novel: Things Fall Apart o non-fiction essays and memoirs


  • sentence structure
  • comparison essay
  • research-based essay

Speaking and Listening:

  • presentations
  • listening comprehension activity
  • writing and editing strategies
  • parts of speech

1- Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Course Description
  • Understanding Plagiarism
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting
  • MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
  • MLA Documentation updates
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources
  • Writing about Literature

2- Memoir: Night & The Circuit

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Handout: Night study questions
  • Quiz: Night Quiz
  • Assignment: Night study questions
  • Assignment: Night Essay
  • Character List
  • Historical Context of Night
  • Short Summary
  • The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
  • Assignment: The Circuit: prepare
  • Assignment: The Circuit: read 1
  • Assignment: The Circuit: read 2
  • Assignment: California Map
  • Assignment: The Circuit: reflect

3- Sentences: Sentence Structure

  • Basic Sentence Structure
  • Assignment: Sample Paragraph
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Always Plural Words
  • Singular or Plural
  • Simple & Compound Sentences
  • Complex Sentences
  • Assignment: Sentence Structure Assignment
  • Quiz: Simple Sentence Quiz

4- Sentences: Punctuation

  • Punctuation
  • Colon
  • Worksheet: Colon
  • Semicolon
  • Comma
  • Worksheet: Commas
  • Apostrophe
  • Worksheet: Apostrophe
  • Capitalization Rules
  • Capitalization Rules #2
  • Worksheet: Punctuation Worksheet

5- Sentences: Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Subject and Verb
  • Worksheet: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Subject-Verb Problems
  • Verbs must agree with Subject
  • Quiz: Subject Verb Agreement Quiz

6- Parts of Speech: Pronoun Usage

  • Pronoun
  • Nominative & Objective Case
  • Possessive, Reflexive, Intensive & Interrogative Case
  • Worksheet: Reflexive & Intensive Pronouns
  • Relative Pronouns
  • Worksheet: Indefinite Pronouns
  • Quiz: Pronoun Quiz

7- Parts of Speech: Verb Usage

  • Verb Tense and Structure
  • Handout: Verb Paragraph Analysis
  • Essay: Verbs Paragraph
  • Assignment: Verbs Paragraph Analysis
  • Linking Verbs
  • Assignment: Verbs Paragraph (Action or Linking)
  • Transitive Verbs
  • Intransitive Verbs
  • Adverb/Prepositional Phrase
  • Worksheet: Verb Usage Worksheet
  • Worksheet: Verb Usage Worksheet #2

8- Poetry

  • Poetry Introduction
  • Handout: TPCASTT
  • Assignment: I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud TPCASTT
  • Types of Poetry
  • Elements of Poetry
  • Musical Devices
  • Worksheet: Alliteration/Assonance practice
  • Figurative Language
  • Worksheet: Personification Practice
  • Worksheet: Metaphor & Simile Practice
  • A Dream Deferred
  • Assignment: A Dream Deferred Video Paragraph
  • Assignment: A Dream Deferred TPCASTT
  • Imagery
  • Handout: Imagery
  • Assignment: Imagery
  • Annabel Lee
  • Handout: Poetry Analysis
  • Assignment: Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Assignment: The Raven TPCASTT
  • Read and Analyze
  • Assignment: My Poem
  • Assignment: Final Project

9- Writing: Strategies

  • Writing Strategies Introduction
  • Handout: Writing Strategies Hands On Essays Questions
  • Assignment: Writing Strategies Hands On Essays Video
  • Assignment: Free Write
  • Writing Strategies
  • Handout: Writing Strategies Justification
  • Assignment: Writing Strategy Justification
  • Graphic Organizers (Planning)
  • More Graphic Organizers (Planning)
  • Network Tree & Others
  • Assignment: Graphic Organizer

10- Writing: Editing Strategies

  • Proofreading
  • Assignment: Favorite Meal 1st Draft
  • Editing and Revising
  • Personalize Proofreading
  • Format, Organization and Paragraphing
  • Usage and Sentence Structure
  • Spelling and Punctuation
  • Left-Out Words
  • Assignment: Favorite Meal Essay Revision

11- Writing: Types of Essays

  • Types of Essays
  • Handout: Basic Essay Structure & Formal Writing Videos
  • Assignment: Basic Essay Structure & Formal Writing Questions
  • Narrative Essay
  • Assignment: Narrative Essay Brainstorm
  • Narrative Essay continued
  • Essay: Narrative Essay
  • Expository Essay
  • Comparison Essay
  • Handout: Comparison Chart
  • Assignment: Comparison Chart
  • Comparison Essay continued
  • Handout: Plan A Outline
  • Handout: Plan B Outline
  • Assignment: Comparison Essay Outline
  • Essay: Comparison Essay
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Handout: Persuasive Essay Outline
  • Essay: Persuasive Writing
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay Outline
  • Essay: Essay Topic

12- Myths/Legends: King Arthur

  • Characters
  • Handout: King Arthur Character Chart
  • The History
  • Excalibur Myth
  • Handout: Excalibur KWL
  • Assignment: Excalibur KWL
  • Knights of the Roundtable
  • King Arthur Literature Project
  • Assignment: King Arthur Presentation
  • Essay: Independent Reading Essay
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

13- Comprehension

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Essay: Listening Comprehension Essay

14- Research: Information Sources

  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright
  • Assignment: Plagiarism/Copyright Assignment
  • Information Overload
  • Evaluating a Bibliographic Citation
  • Evaluating Content in the Source
  • Evaluating Internet Sources
  • Assessing and Documenting Internet Sources
    Assignment: Internet Note-taking Guide
  • Essay: Mini-biography

15- Research: Critical Thinking

  • Evaluating Non-Fiction
  • Assignment: Evaluating Non-Fiction
  • Active Reading
  • Assignment: Active Reading Respond
  • Reading for Information
  • Assignment: Information: Read
  • Assignment: Information: Reflect
  • Evolution of an Idea
  • Assignment: Evolution of an Idea: thesis
  • Essay: Evolution of an Idea

16- Novel: Things Fall Apart

  • “One of These Days”
  • Handout: “One of These Days” Pre-reading
  • Handout: Power Essay
  • Assignment: “One of These Days” Pre-Reading
  • Assignment: Power Essay pre-writing
  • Essay: Power Essay
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Assignment: Things Fall Apart study guide
  • Essay: Things Fall Apart draft
  • Essay: Things Fall Apart Novel Essay Final
  • Assignment: Things Fall Apart Presentation
  • Author Interview

17- Writing: Business Letters

  • Writing Business Letters
  • Guide to Resume Writing
  • Assignment: Resume
  • Tips for Writing Cover Letters
  • Interview Tips
  • Thank you Letter
  • Essay: Thank you Letter Assignment
  • Follow Up Letter

18- Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream structure
  • About William Shakespeare
  • List of Characters
  • Act I
  • Handout: Act 1 study questions
  • Assignment: Act 1 study questions
  • Act II
  • Handout: Act 2 study questions
  • Assignment: Act 2 study questions
  • Act III
  • Handout: Act 3 study questions
  • Assignment: Act 3 study questions
  • Act IV
  • Handout: Act 4 study questions
  • Assignment: Act 4 study questions
  • Act V
  • Handout: Act 5 study questions
  • Assignment: Act 5 study questions
  • Worksheet: A Midsummer Nights Dream Worksheet
  • Final Essay
  • Essay: Final Theme Essay
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

19- Course Survey

  • Course Survey
  • Handout: Course Survery
  • Assignment: Course Survey
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