English 10, Part 1 - Silicon Valley High School


Price: $125 | Credits: One Semester | Dept: English | Course ID# 210-1

English 10 part 1 is the equivalent of the first semester of English 10. The focus of part 1 is on world literature and it is organized by genre. English 10 is approved by the University of California A-G as English (category B).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • How a novel can be a political allegory, a satire, a beast-fable, and a fairy tale—all in one. 
  • Discover how not only objects, but characters, settings, and even plot can be symbolic in reflecting historical events. 
  • Examine two non-Western short stories, analyzing author’s choices in using tone, style, and mood to achieve purpose. Examining each story’s rhetorical situation and devices used to engage an audience. 
  • Learn about the “Danger of Single Story” in how many view developing countries in Africa and Asia. 
  • How storytelling differs from East to West in terms of characterization and plot development. 
  • Compare a story set in West Africa with an American story which features a teenage narrator who uses colloquial language, studying each story’s context clues, formal and informal language, and use of Greek and Latin root words.
  • Learn how the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)and other academic online dictionaries can improve literacy skills.
  • Read about heroes and myths from the ancient Greek oral tradition, studying Homer’s The Odyssey.
  • Read a prose translation analyzing Homeric language (epithets), the theme of “identity,” and the cycle of quest literature. 
  • Make inferences about how propaganda and other logical fallacies can be used for political messaging, and learn to differentiate between propaganda, opinion, persuasion, and argument.
  • How journalism impacts society, from classic journalism to the New Journalism style in John Hersey’s book Hiroshima.  
  • Discover how to organize writing using journalism’s summary “lede” introductions and narrative framing. 
  • How non-fiction informational texts shape our media landscape and give perspective, objectivity, and opinions in the public sphere.


This course covers the following topics:

  • The Novel
  • Non-Western Literature
  • Non-Fiction Journalism
  • Language Workshop
  • Hero’s Journey
  • Assigned books – George Orwell- Animal Farm, John Hersey- Hiroshima, and Homer- The Odyssey. 
  • Short stories Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- The American Embassy, Shabnam Nadiya- Ishwari’s Children, Geri Walton-Tricoteuses: Knitting During the Reign of Terror, Chinua Achebe- Dead Man’s Path, and John Updike- A & P.
English 10 Part 1 the First Semester of the Course for $125
Course Details:
• One Semester Credit: $125
• First Semester of English 10