Grade 10 GT

Unit 1: Fate and Free Will
In this unit, students read Oedipus and Things Fall Apart as well as additional works of fiction to analyze how authors develop themes through tragic, complex characters while using literary devices such as irony, foil, point of view, and symbolism. Students will read these texts using the critical approaches. Finally, they will compose an analysis of the psychological state of a chosen character citing from literary critique and discussing the character's role in the thematic development of the work. 

Unit 2
In this unit, students will develop an understanding of how an author draws on or transforms source material in literary texts and spend significant time analyzing the representation of a subject in differing mediums. The primary texts of study will be Crime and Punishment, The Inferno, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Hell on Earth." Students will compose an argument to evaluate which artistic representation best expresses a theme from The Inferno by considering what is emphasized, absent, or different in each text.

Unit 3
In this unit, students will examine how authors develop similar themes of dehumanization and rebellion by studying the concepts of perspective, character motivation, and  magical realism. To achieve this, they will analyze ideas from Night and In the Time of the Butterflies, as well as other shorter literary works. Finally, students will compose an essay synthesizing multiple sources to defend, challenge, or qualify the claim that tragic events should be publicly memorialized. 

Unit 4
In this unit, students will examine social issues of global significance through the application of the feminist and sociological approaches to literary analysis. Students will read a variety of shorter works of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as longer texts such as A Doll's House and Candide. Students will compose a response to an AP-style essay prompt describing and analyzing a character's response to conflict caused by a cultural collision such as societal expectations and gender roles. 

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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.