Students in Grade Ten are expected to continue to increase their analytical skills, reading increasingly complex texts across all genres and writing cogent, well-supported analysis and argument essays using evidence from those texts. Students at this level can trace the development of a theme or argument through a text and provide an objective summary of the text without editorial bias. Through reading and writing and the use of appropriate reference materials, the student acquires academic and other contextual vocabulary, showing independence in acquisition and usage. In the early high school years particular focus is brought to world culture and how points of view can vary with cultural experience, as well as how interpretations can vary between artistic mediums. In Grade Ten, students will create more complex arguments, addressing counter-arguments and using sophisticated structures and formal manuscript styles. Their expository essays will convey increasingly complex ideas, excluding extraneous details and using graphic and digital elements to convey information. Narratives will develop personal experiences employing dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines. Students are proficient by Grade Ten in all steps of the writing process editing effectively and using digital publishing options. Research using appropriate formats for citation and evaluating sources is routine. Through repeated exposure, students will become confident presenters and participants in discourse with both peers and experts.
- Teacher: Sonja Ryberg