As a continuation of grade 9, English 10 and English 10 Honors classes are focused on developing thereading, writing, and analytical skills required by the Common Core Standards. During our course, we will read a variety of materials using selections from the College Board’s official pre-AP (Advanced Placement) course SpringBoard for grade 10, which follows the central theme of Culture, and includes specific units “Voices of a Modern Culture,” “Cultural Conversations,” and “Community.” During our course, we will examine a variety of literature including Lorraine Hansberry’s drama A Raisin in the Sun, John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Additionally, we will supplement these readings with selections of poetry, fiction, and informational articles. Students will compose personal, creative, analytical, and argumentative writing assignments designed to prepare them for next year’s New York State Common Core Regents examination in English. The course will culminate in an MLA research paper assignment.