10th Grade English News

Quarter 1

Welcome to 10th Grade English!

This year we will be reading, writing, and arithmetic (No, wait, that's Mrs. Blackburn's job!). The purpose of this class is to get students ready for 11th grade English and future testing (EXPLORE and ACT/SAT). During the first nine weeks, we will be focusing on summer reading and reviewing grammar and writing.

We will review grammar concepts such as the parts of the sentence, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, active/passive voice, and modifiers. During our grammar study, we will have many, many daily grades (hardcopy practices, online exercises, and quizzes). We will also have several tests on grammar.

We will write two pieces: a narrative (Week 1-4) and a descriptive essay (Week 5-8). With both of these essays, we will practice in Writing Coach with immediate feedback for daily grades. In both of these essays, we will be practicing using the grammar we have studied in applicable ways.

In the middle of all this grammar and writing, we will read a couple short stories out of our textbook and continually learn new vocabulary. Many of our writing assignments will come from the in-class reading, and we will also have several daily grades from reading checks. We will have vocabulary quizzes every week on the new words we discussed at the beginning of the week.

Also on the literature front, we will be taking the STAR once a quarter to ensure literacy growth. The Media Specialist, Mrs. Elkins, has developed a cross-curricula reading program so that every student is reading AR books on different topics throughout the year. During Q1, the reading program is centered around English class, so your child will be reading literature books in their reading level. Every student must make 15 points. Every point up to 20 points over the required 15 points will be counted as extra credit. For extra credit, your student can read anything in their reading range-- graphic novels, nonfiction, series, etc. I will be meeting with each student to help them pick "just right" books that, hopefully, they will enjoy.

Remember to visit the class website for Quizlets, documents, and book reviews:


What's up next?

Next quarter, we will continue with our grammar, writing, and vocabulary, but we will also do much more in-class reading.

Quarter two is more focused on noticing language conventions in literature and then applying those same conventions in our own writing. We will be reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar out of our textbook. We will have many reading checks and two tests to access your child's understanding of this famous play.

We will also have two major writing assignments: expository writing (weeks 10-13) and persuasive writing (weeks 14-17). Like in first quarter, we will practice each piece in Writing Coach for immediate feedback then have a formal piece for a test grade.

Ms. Hall

Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions. I am also available to meet most days before school, 3rd period, or 5th period.