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Language Arts Grade 10

2019-2020 Course Outline

Instructor: Mr. Taira
Time & Location: Block 1 & 3 on “A” days / Room 305

Office Hours: After school M-F 3:30-4pm. I am also available by appointment before or after school.

Contact Information:


The Grade 10 Language Arts program is designed to deepen student’s understanding of written and spoken English language and to help them develop and hone their speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills.  The course readings are chosen from a variety of world literature selections. The course covers four broad thematic units that touch upon and explore important universal themes that relate directly to student’s lives.  Students will be asked to become critical readers of literature—poems, short stories, essays, articles, and novels—from a varied group of authors.  They will analyze rhetorical structures used by authors and evaluate their effectiveness. They will be encouraged to utilize these rhetorical devices in for their written and spoken communication. This will build students’ ability to articulate their thoughts and be effective communicators of ideas. Written assignments, including formal essays, editorial, letters, stories, and poems will provide students with opportunities to address different audiences and become more sensitive to authorial purpose.



oFor each semester, your grade will be determined as follows:

·Quarter 1 50% + Quarter 2 50%

oFor each quarter, you will be evaluated based on…

·Key Assignments and Summative Assessments = 25% (When applicable)

·In-class Assignments and Quizzes = 50% (25% When a key assignment is part of grade.)

·Homework Assignments = 25% (30% When a key assignment is part of grade.)

·Class Participation = 25%


Class Policies

oHomework must be handed in to the inbox in the first 10 minutes of class on the day it is due. 

oLate Assignments will lose 10% per day, to a maximum of 50%.

oAcademic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism) will be dealt with strictly.  Under most circumstances, you will receive a mark of 0 for the assignment or test.


Thematic Units:

Over the course of the school year, we will be covering one major thematic unit per quarter.  While the individual units will focus primarily on a single, broad theme, a variety of authors representing different literary genres and forms will be studied in each case.  All four units will culminate in an in-depth study of a major work / author

Unit Theme

Culminating Study

Culture Clashes -Europe

Heart of Darkness - Persuasive Essay

Voices of Defiance - Africa

Things Fall Apart -Mock Trial on Post-colonialism

Fate vs. Freedom - India

Nectar in a Sieve

Identity and Culture - Iran

Rooftops of Tehran – Research Paper


Texts:  Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness; Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart; Kamala Markandaya – Nectar in a Sieve; Mahbod Seraji – Rooftops of Tehran