Grade 10

Unit 1: The Limits of Power
In this unit, students explore the overarching theme of power and the misuse of power. Students will spend significant time analyzing the structure of literary and informational texts, focusing on the development of an author's point of view through the use of rhetoric and argument. Major texts for this unit include Oedipus, The King and Macbeth to examine themes and defend their universal relevance. Students will use these texts as a basis to determine to what extent a selected historical figure most closely represents the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero.

Unit 2: Words and Style
In this unit, students will analyze how an author's choices affect purpose, meaning, and style in text. Students will spend time analyzing mentor texts in order to imitate the author's style and create original narratives. Major texts for this unit include Things Fall Apart and Purple Hibiscus. Students will use these texts as a basis to compose an original narrative that connects meaningfully to the existing plot, characters, and themes of the novel studied. 

Unit 3: Confronting Oppression
In this unit, students focus on literary selections that address the concepts of oppression and revolution. Through the study of Night, In the Time of Butterflies, and various shorter texts and related non-print texts, students will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between an author's purpose, text structure, and literary/rhetorical choices. The unit ends with students synthesizing ideas across multiple text forms to determine an artistic representation that best reflects the central idea of a text of study. 

Unit 4: Shifting Perspectives
In this unit, students will build on their knowledge of the role of culture in defining the beliefs, values, and roles of individuals within a specific group. Students will read Nectar in a Sieve to explore the role of traditional and modern beliefs and roles in conflict. Other shorter literary pieces, as well as informational texts and art forms will be studied to provide students opportunities to consider universal themes in order to broaden their understanding and appreciation for cultural differences. Finally, students will compose a literary analysis of the development of a theme through characterization. They will also have the opportunity to examine values, themes, and issues that link all cultures and will synthesize their understanding by developing a multi-media presentation using works studied in Units 1 - 4.  

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Note: The BCPS ELA curriculum provides teachers and students with choices that allow for personalized, responsive, and engaging instruction. Students should read the majority of the unit's novel-length work(s) outside of class time. The suggested unit sequences and text options may vary.