English 10 Honors

  • Course Description

    The tenth grade course is an overview of literature across the major genres. Each unit focuses on a genre and a related theme.  In classroom discussions, students further investigate philosophical and literary questions that arise in the texts. Units of study include a focus on plot, setting, mood, character development, narrative devices, theme, author’s purpose, argument and persuasion, poetry, author’s style and voice, history, culture, and the author. These units will confirm students’ shared understanding of the elements of literature, preparing them for the Pennsylvania Keystone exam. By the end of tenth grade, students are prepared for focused literary study: American literature in grade 11 or AP language and composition, and world literature in grade 12 or AP literature and composition.  

     Adapted from Common Core, Inc.


    Course Text or Student Materials:

    Holt McDougal Literature, Grade 10

    Julius Caesar, Shakespeare

    Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

    American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang

    Antigone, Sophocles


    Supplemental Novels and Plays for Honors English:

    A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines

    A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest Gaines

    Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

    A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson  

    Oedipus Rex,  Sophocles

    Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

    The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Lewis Stevenson