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Honors Literature
Grade 10


Course Description      
Major Concepts/Content:This is an integrated course for students interested in taking 10th grade A.P. World History and English. The course uses the chronological study of world history (some ancient history literature will be studied) with a special focus on literature from 1500 to the present and covers the themes of culture, science and technology, economics, and government. The content integrates readings and writings that focus on exploring, interpreting, and analyzing literature and other readings that extend and support the world history discussions and research. The course is a demanding study of world history and literature, requiring students to understand, analyze, and interpret the connections between major historical events and the writings of the time. Critical thinking, philosophical discussion, concept attainment, vocabulary development, language usage, and research will be stressed. The development of discussion and presentation skills will focus on analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided using the content of World History. Students will read and critically respond to a wide spectrum of challenging literary selections that mirror the cultures, themes and times of the period from 1500 to the present. Students will conduct in-depth research on topics relative to major historical events, people, and regions. Many of the learning activities will culminate in shared products for Social Studies and English.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will participate in various types of assessments: vocabulary tests, essays, research projects and presentations, group activities, oral and written reports, numerous formal writings, and a culminating project that is an original production based on student research.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the Honors World History and Literature course, students should be able to:
  • Analyze the historical development of major world problems.
  • Analyze a wide spectrum of world literature.
  • Interpret the impact of major historical events on the literature of various periods.
  • Evaluate the impact of major personalities on world history.
  • Write formal compositions that analyze, interpret, and evaluate literature, essays, speeches, commentaries, and news reports.
  • Compare and contrast the development of culture, science and technology, economics, and government throughout the world.
  • Make and critique formal and informal oral presentations.
Honors Literature - World History  Grade 10  is distinguished from English 10 in the quality and quantity of the work expected, as well as the increased interest and effort an honors student contributes to all areas of English.  Emphasis will be placed on literary analysis, expository writing in the evaluation and analysis of pieces of literature, developing both writing and critical thinking skills, etc...  In addition to the literature required within the Honors class, the students will be required to read independently several additional books/novels selected from a specific list as supplemental reading.  The Honors student is expected to be self-motivated and self-directed and to improve upon these already established skills. The Honors student is expected to be enrolled in the A.P. World History course.
Textbook -  "Collections"  --  Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt , Copyright 2017
               Students will also be using the APWH textbook for additional literature. 

Grading Policy
* Daily = 50%  -  Classwork & Homework
        Reading worksheets,  pre-writing organizers and drafts, binders grades,  etc...
* Test  = 50%  -    Quizes, formal Tests, Book Reviews, Final Copy Essay 
     Subject to change on special projects.
* Weighted percentage of totals.
Expect two hours of homework for each class period.
Contact me if you have any concerns or need immediate assistance.  
Doc Holley
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