Course Description:

English 10 is a survey course and its focus is American Literature. Students develop their skills as readers and writers while engaging in debate about classic and contemporary works of literature by American authors.  Major units and text selections are loosely related to units of study in the U.S. History program at Lake Region (from Reconstruction to the present). Time permitting, we examine current topics in American life as well. Students develop their writing skills by responding to what they have read and by citing evidence of their ideas when drafting analytical essays. Research is a required component of English 10 as well. Students can expect to engage in discussion and to make short presentations to their peers. The goal is to provide students with ample opportunities to demonstrate their success in meeting Lake Region's Learning Expectations (in the LRfolio) while supporting their development as described in the English Department Proficiencies. By the end of the sophomore year, when students complete this course, they are prepared for entrance into the elective program in English and for the demands of reading, writing, listening, speaking and reflection in classes throughout the building.


Required Texts for English 10:

  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


  • Short story units break up longer novel units. Our study of the short story may include the following authors: Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Isabel Allende, Jack London, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Raymond Carver, Kate Chopin, Sandra Cisneros, Ralph Ellison, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, Grace Paley, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, John Updike and Richard Wright. Students can also expect a contemporary short story unit organized around fiction written by recent immigrants to the United States.
  • Students are also introduced to a wide variety of American authors in our study of poetry. The poets of the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat poets will be featured in short units, in particular, as will recent slam poets.
  • Finally, students can expect to read non-fiction partner texts (speeches, newspaper and magazine articles) aligned with the topics in the U.S. history curriculum. Students can expect a unit focused around the ideas of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, for instance, and a Nature Writing unit of study.


Lake Region Union High School
317 Lake Region Road
Orleans, Vermont 05860

School Phone Numbers
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754-2500 (voice mail)
754-2500 extension 223 or 225

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