English 10


Instructor: Mr. Allen Webb

Phone: 918-758-2075 ex: 3170

Email: awebb@okmulgeeps.com


Course Description:

This sophomore-level course covers literature, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking. The selection of literature ranges from fiction and poetry to speeches, plays, newspaper articles, journals, and legal documents. Students will understand literary elements, begin to analyze literature, and write critical responses to essential questions. They will also develop and strengthen grammar skills and usage. Students will develop writing skills and procedures. As well as, work on speaking and listening skills.


Major Course Objectives:

Students will write arguments, narratives, and informative/explanatory pieces throughout the year. Students will use vocabulary development and an understanding of text elements and structures to comprehend literary and informational grade-level text. Students will understand the process of seeking and giving information. Oklahoma has developed a Core Curriculum which outlines specific standards for student learning. The Core curriculum includes ideas, concepts, and skills which provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built


Course Materials:

Students need to come prepared to class so they do not fall behind. Each day, students are expected to bring the necessary items to school to allow them to complete their work. This will vary depending on the activities the student is planning to work on. Students should plan ahead for what they will need. Students may bring their own laptop. Students will need a notebook for module notes which are available to use on all activities, projects, tests, and quizzes. Students may also find headphones helpful during the audio portions of the course.


Format and Procedure:

All courses will be delivered through the digital curriculum. Students will be required to attend Okmulgee A.C.E.  for a minimum of six (6) hours per day. Students may also be required to attend class during specific times to receive direct instruction or participate in discussions. Time will be made in the morning and afternoon to meet the needs of students.


Class Meetings:

Class meeting will be held to go over lessons and provide additional support daily. Please reference the master schedule for times. Students will be required to attend meetings unless they are moving at an accelerated pace in the class.


Course Requirements:

• Students are expected to maintain a steady pace to complete coursework on time. Students must be on time and come prepared to learn.

• Students will be engaged in reading and writing assignments through the digital curriculum. Students will also be participating in group discussions and student-teacher conferences to ensure student understanding and completion.

• Computer labs and laptops will be available to students at Okmulgee A.C.E.. Due to the unique nature of our school, students must show respect for other students and the resources available to them. Coursework may be completed on or off campus. Students must complete their own coursework.


Cheating includes:

• Completing another student’s coursework or having another complete your coursework

• Sharing assignments and test answers with another student

• Using the internet to locate answers to an assignment or test, unless specifically directed to do so.

• Plagiarism includes using someone else’s work as your own.

• This also includes not using correct citation and/or not correctly giving credit to the original source.

• Cheating and plagiarism will be grounds for disciplinary actions and/or removal from Okmulgee High School.


Course Outline:

Module 1 Literary Elements and Devices 1

Module 2 Literary Elements and Devices 2

Module 3 Types of Literature

Module 4 The Writing Process

Module 5 Essay Structure

Module 6 Writing Essays

Module 7 Writing Research

Module 8 Reading Informational Texts

Module 9 Argument and Perspective

Module 10  Speaking, Listening, and Viewing

Module 11 Academic and Workplace Skills

Module 12 Grammar Basics

Module 13 Subjects and Verbs in Depth

Module 14 Sentence Construction

Module 15 Punctuation

Module 16 Word Parts

Module 17 Vocabulary and Spelling


Course Projects:

Comparing Themes Project

Students compare and contrast the poems “Mowing” by Robert Frost, “The Old Stoic” by Emily Brontë, and “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman with associated images, and then write their own poems or create their own images.


The Migrant Worker Project

Students write about their family’s heritage or history, compare and contrast a text on Cesar Chavez’s life with a video on the plight of being a migrant worker, and write an autobiographical story, and then retell it through images or a video.


Public Issues Project

Considering the environmental impact of oil drilling versus economic development, students summarize articles and a video of the U.S. House Committee debate, and write a persuasive essay, a newspaper editorial, or a letter to a state representative.


Managing Stress Project

In examining stress management, students keep a journal and evaluate their own stress level; compare and contrast a text with a video; and write an essay, participate in and summarize a group discussion, or create a presentation on stress.


Pesticides and Food Project

Students read about the pros and cons of pesticide use in food production, view a video on farming practices, and conduct a group discussion and create a presentation.


Shackleton’s Voyage Project

Exploring Sir Ernest Shackleton’s autobiographical account of a shipwreck, students make a timeline, view photos and a video taken by his crew, show cause-and-effect connections in a graphic organizer, and craft a narrative or video of the rescue.


Course Writing Activities:

Compare and Contrast Writing Activity

In this lesson, students write a comparison-and-contrast essay using digital media, technical vocabulary, style manual guidelines, and research to convey complex ideas and information with accuracy.


Cause and Effect Writing Activity

In this lesson, students write a cause-and-effect essay using digital media, style manual guidelines, effective organization, and analysis of research to convey complex ideas and information with accuracy. They also maintain an objective and formal tone throughout essay.


Problem and Solution Writing Activity

In this lesson, students write a problem-and-solution essay using digital media, style manual guidelines, research, and the writing process to convey complex ideas and information with accuracy.

Grading Procedures:

Students will receive multiple grades per module in English 10.  Those grades include all assignments completed on the digital curriculum, a module checkpoint activity given in-class, and module notes taken by the student.  Students will also receive a grade for each project completed and presented in English 10.  All assignments need to be completed  by the student to receive a passing grade for the class. Students must have teacher approval to begin a new module in the course

Grading Scale:

A 90- 100%

B 80 - 89%

C 70 - 79%

D 60 - 69%

F below 60%


Tentative Course Schedule:

Students are permitted to complete coursework at their own pace. However, all coursework must be completed by the end of the year. Students can adjust their own end date online to help manage time.