English 10 Honors is a survey of American literature from the pre-Colonial period to contemporary authors. The literature is presented within the context of the social and historical forces which shaped it. Through representative readings from various literary genres, students learn about their cultural heritage, develop strategies for reading critically, improve upon language skills necessary for clear and effective communication, and expand their vocabulary. The writing component builds on the previous year’s emphasis of essay construction, with continued emphasis on grammar, mechanics and revision as important parts of the writing process. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs, and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Research skills are reinforced with the completion of a required documented research paper.