In English 10, students learn to revise, extend, and question the accepted conventions that frame their experiences. They investigate revolutionary characters and provocative ideas— from Shakespeare’s bizarre and powerful witches (Macbeth) to Jane Austen’s indictment of nineteenth century British marriage codes (Pride and Prejudice) to Orwell's condemnation of absolute power (1984)—that broaden their views of the world and themselves. In this course, creative interpretation and critical thinking are central.
English 10 emphasizes the skill of close reading. Often, students spend an entire class period teasing out the nuances of a single paragraph. After re-reading (and re-re-reading) the text, they clarify and polish their raw ideas through group work, class discussion, and writing. The writing assignments in English 10 allow students to experiment with language and literature in various ways. The students produce personal essays that take cues from the most poignant lines in Macbeth. They immerse themselves in the autistic voice of Mark Haddon's narrator in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Students continue their focus on analytical writing as they turn their observations about literature into dynamic, meaningful thesis statements and persuasive arguments.
Above all, English 10 pushes students to engage in deliberate reading and clear, imaginative communication. We see these skills as the keys to intellectual and personal growth.