10th Grade Collection includes:
1. Literature and Writing: Level 4 American Literature
When it comes to language arts, much of the exceptional work that your students will accomplish is subjective in nature tied to their ideas. As we value these ideas—their discoveries from reading tied to their observations—and challenge them to catalog and craft these ideas over time, students will rise into the work of literary analysis with vim and vigor. This collection includes six novels that represent an exploration of American Literature and six student journals:
- The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Nights, John Steinbeck
- The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Separate Peace, John Knowles
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Each week, this core offering follows a similar weekly format with ample room for students to catalog their observations of characters, themes, symbols, and motifs. and bring shape to their ideas. They will catalog rich vocabulary unique to the story, and gather quotes that exemplify themes. At the high school level, students craft a weekly synopsis and personal reflection of that week’s reading. For the culminating assignment, students are offered a wide range of directives to choose from and are supported with a scaffolding upon which to craft their essay.
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2. Composition: The Essay Volume 5 – Write the Persuasive Essay
The persuasive essay is an opportunity to communicate a point of view on a specific issue. Through 5 lessons spread over 10 weeks, students will explore two sides of an issue, choose a side, then craft details that communicate a position in an effort to convince readers to think twice.
3. Operation Lexicon 10: John Steinbeck
A lexicon is the collected vocabulary of a person. Over the course of 26 weeks, students will explore a cluster of words from the lexicon of John Steinbeck. Using these words in an original way, with inspiration from favorites such as Cannery Row, and The Grapes of Wrath, will help the budding wordsmith recognize the plasticity of language and delight in its beauty.
In His Own Words
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up odors like butter in a refrigerator.
Schedule / Pacing
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A word about grade levels and learning styles
All of Blackbird and Company curricular materials are designed with the student and teacher in mind. Whether you are in a traditional classroom or a homeschool, if you are in independent study or if you need accommodations for unique learning styles or special needs, our materials are adaptable to individual needs, to your teaching style, and to your student’s learning style.
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