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 and includes the topics of the novel, critical thinking, making inferences, finding the author’s purpose, active reading, assessing mood and tone, finding a theme, analyzing the message, assessing the meanings of words, literary devices, figurative language, and poetry. 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:

  • To think critically by asking questions, making predictions and connections, and inferences.
  • To engage in active reading, analyzing mood and tone, as well as the author’s style.
  • To understand the difference between and the uses of formal vs. informal language.
  • How to make the connections while reading, as well as effective note-taking practices.
  • To be able to find the main idea of text using the supporting details.
  • How to look for and decipher between an explicit main idea and an implied main idea.
  • The use of root words, prefixes, and suffixes to be able to identify the meanings of words without the use of a dictionary.
  • The ability to understand and appreciate poetry, by understanding its literary devices, figurative language, and the use of connotative language.
  • To learn to think critically by asking questions, making predictions, finding connections, and making inferences.
  • To understand how to be an active reader, how to analyze the author’s purpose, mood and tone, the author’s style, and formal vs. informal language.
  • To be able to read critically and take notes effectively on a text.
  • To know how to find the main idea of a text, both implied and explicit, as well as to analyze the message of the text.
  • The understanding of new or unfamiliar words, using roots, prefixes and suffixes.
  • The ability to understand and appreciate poetry and the ability to analyze literary devices, figurative language, and the key elements of poetry.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Questions
  • Predictions
  • Connections – Finding the Theme
  • Inferences
  • Summarizing
  • Active Reading
  • Author Purpose
  • Formal vs. Informal
  • Author Style
  • Mood & Tone
  • Sequences
  • Making Connections
  • Taking Notes While Reading
  • Critical Reading
  • The Main Idea & Supporting Details
  • The Implied Main Idea
  • Inferences & Conclusions
  • Analyzing the Message
  • Defining Words Without a Dictionary
  • More Context Clues
  • Root Words
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Literary Devices
  • Figurative Language
  • Denotation & Connotation – Definition, Examples
  • Elements of Poetry
  • Assigned books – George Orwell- “Animal Farm”, Ernest Hemingway- “A Farewell to Arms”, John Hersey- “Hiroshima”, and Homer- “The Odyssey”
Course Details:
• One Semester Credit: $125
• First Semester of English 10