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10th Grade
Analytical Writing
The ANALYTICAL WRITING course is a small group class that provides instruction aligned with the California's Common Core State Standards in the following areas:
Active Reading (Reading Comprehension): Students will read and understand 4-6 novels, cite strong and thorough textural evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, determine multiple themes and analyze in detail their development including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account, analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the themes, analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plot plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise, and distinguish what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Fundamentals of Effective Writing: Students will be writing clear, coherent, and focused essays that introduce a thesis statement, organize complex ideas, develop the topic with well-chosen facts, extended definitions, concrete details, and quotations, use varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion and clarify the relationships among complex ideas, use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic and provide a concluding paragraph that supports the explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic. Students will be combining the rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description to produce texts of at least 1,500 words each.
Vocabulary Development: Students will integrate knowledge of individual words to enhance their writing, distinguish between the denotative and connotative meanings of words and interpret the connotative power of words, and identify and use the literal and figurative meanings of words and understand word derivations.
Grammar: For the grammar module of the class, students will learn to identify and correctly use clauses—main and subordinate, phrases—gerund, infinitive, and participial, and mechanics of punctuation - semicolons, colons, ellipses, hyphens, understand sentence construction—parallel structure, subordination, proper placement of modifiers, proper English use—consistency of verb tenses, and proper English usage—consistency of verb tenses.
Some book purchases will be necessary. Students can expect homework and weekly quizzes. Grades will be given.
E10A ANALYTICAL WRITING (10th Gr)
August 28—January 26 (22 weeks)*
*November 20—26 (Thanksgiving Recess)
*December 25—January 7 (Winter Recess)
Fridays 4:00—6:00pm MYERS
PSAT
The BARUN ACADEMIC CENTER's PSAT BOOTCAMP provides diligent high school juniors with a proven curriculum of practice tests, lecture materials, and direct instruction to maximize their scores for both the PSAT and SAT.  This FIVE week course is intended to prepare the student for the PSAT October 14th. Parents will receive weekly updates regarding their student's academic progress. Only 10th and 11th graders will be accepted. The program is structured as follows:
Practice Makes Perfect
5 full-length practice tests
Rigorous Instruction
Reading Comprehension: Exposure to over 1,000 vocabulary words, practice with over 20 reading passages
Math: Drills with over 500 math problems
Daily homework with weekly quizzes
SPAA PSAT BOOTCAMP
September 9—October 7 (5 weeks)
Real Practice Tests & Lectures Saturdays 8:00—2:30pm
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