English II Honors Overview
Tenth-grade students apply and expand the skills they have acquired in the earlier grades as they become increasingly more sophisticated readers and writers. Both on their own and with their peers, they read a variety of informational texts as well as four major types of literary texts: fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Adolescents continue to develop their own areas of reading interest. Informational text is analyzed for the purpose of discovering how texts reflect the backgrounds, attitudes, and beliefs of the authors. Students compare/contrast different perspectives on similar topics or themes. They evaluate elements of the author’s craft such as the use of tone and imagery to create emotional responses in the reader.
Possessing a rich and authentic vocabulary allows any individual to be a skillful and an appreciative reader. In order to read fluently, adolescent students use word analysis and other interpretive strategies. As they learn to master texts that use complex vocabulary, they transfer that knowledge of language into their own writing and speaking.
Writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, tenth graders increase their control over the written language. They blend elements of description into other modes of written works such as narrative, expository, and persuasive. They plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their writings. They learn to pay careful attention to the author’s craft—examining the content and development, the organization, the quality of voice, and the use of language conventions in their own writing and the writings of others. They also learn to use a variety of sentence structures to express their thoughts in both oral and written form.
In the tenth grade, students continue to regard reading and writing as ways both to derive pleasure and to expand their knowledge. The research process offers them the opportunity to be actively involved in learning about topics that are relevant to their lives and that appeal to their interests. Tenth graders access information in print and electronic forms and use both primary and secondary sources as reference materials. They distinguish between their own ideas and the ideas of others in their research and in their writing. Using evidence to support the ideas they examine, they properly credit the work of others by documenting the sources they use. They deliver oral presentations about issues and show evidence to support their views and solutions. Through research, students learn how to access, to analyze, and to evaluate information and thus equip themselves for a lifetime of learning.