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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.
CAASPP test preparation will be integrated to formally prepare students specifically emphasizing the areas of reading comprehension, sentence structure, writing strategies and vocabulary. Some book purchases will be necessary. Students can expect homework and weekly quizzes. Grades will be given.
E10A ANALYTICAL WRITING (10th Gr)
January 29—June 8 (19 weeks)*
*April 2—7 (Spring Recess)
*May 28 (Holiday)
Fridays 4:00—6:00pm MULLINS
 
SAT Preparatory
This 11 week SAT Preparatory course is designed to introduce and prepare the 10th grade student for the SAT. All SAT classes include lectures in small group settings with practice tests and overview of mistakes. This twelve week program will provide students with a strong foundation in the areas of reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills, Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. Students can expect:
60 hours of instruction from expert high school Advanced Placement teachers in Math and English
  K. Harris, J. Dawdy, Myers
Daily homework and weekly quizzes
To write 15 essays
Exposure to over 5,000 vocabulary words
Practice with over 50 reading passages
Drills with over 1,000 math problems
11 full-length real practice tests including lecture
This preparatory program includes daily homework, weekly quizzes, and frequent tests. Only 10th grade students will be accepted.
SAT Placement Tests (choose one)*
*Required for all registered SAT students.
Friday, November 17 3:00pm—6:00pm
Thursday, November 30 3:00pm—6:00pm
Friday, December 1 3:00pm—6:00pm
SPAA SAT PREPARATORY
December 2—March 3 (11 weeks)*
*Winter Break—December 23—January 7 (No classes)
Math Lectures Saturdays 8:00am—10:30am
Critical Reading Lectures Saturdays 10:45am—12:00pm
Writing Lectures Saturdays 12:00pm—1:30pm
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