10th Grade Curriculum:

English II, Grade 10

Students are required to study three to four major literary works including: Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, and a unit of Shakespeare (Hamlet) in addition to short stories, poetry, and non-fiction essays. Students will be required to produce a variety of writing samples, including: reading responses, reflective essays, research papers, persuasive writing and poetry. There will be a focus on analyzing literary terms, with a minimum of 5-10 specific terms assigned each marking period according to grade level to ensure the scaffolding of skills and knowledge for the new Common Core English Regents taken next year. There will be an emphasis on building vocabulary. Students will be required to do a number of presentations throughout the school year.

Global Studies II, Grade 10

This program for grade ten is the second year of a two-year Global Studies course. This program focuses on the study of World History which requires an understanding of world cultures and civilizations, including the analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. This study also examines the human condition and the connections and interactions of people across time and space and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of perspectives. This course will concentrate on building skills necessary to pass the Global Studies Regents Exam at the end of the school year. Students must pass this exam in order to qualify for a Regents high school diploma.

Math (Geometry), Grade 10

This is the second course in mathematics for high school students. In this course, students will have the opportunity to make conjectures about geometric situations and prove in a variety of ways that their conclusion follows logically from their hypothesis. Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems. Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations will be taught. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and circles will be examined. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics. Students will take the Geometry Regents examination at the conclusion of this course.

Chemistry, Grade 10

The course covers the following topics: the interaction between matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, periodic trends, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, organic chemistry, nuclear energy, and acid-base chemistry. The course meets a minimum of seven periods a week, including the laboratory section. All students who have completed the course and laboratory requirements have the option of taking the Chemistry Regents at the end of the course.

Health Education, Grade 10

The 3 standards for Health consist of: 1. Students will understand human growth and development and recognize the relationship between behaviors and healthy development. They will understand ways to promote health and prevent disease and will demonstrate and practice positive health behaviors. 2. Students will demonstrate personally and socially responsible behaviors. They will care for and respect themselves and others. They will recognize threats to the environment and offer appropriate strategies to minimize them. Students will know the basic principles of home and community safety. They can demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain their homes and workplaces in a safe and comfortable condition. They can provide a safe and nurturing environment for themselves and others. 3. Students will understand the influence of culture, media, and technology in making decisions about personal and community health issues. They will know about and use valid health information, products, and services. Students will be encouraged to advocate for healthy families and communities.

Physical Education, Grade 10

The 3 standards for physical education include: 1. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sports activities. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. 2. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants. Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity. They will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs. Students will also be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports.

Arabic II, Grade 10

Arabic courses are aimed at improving students’ proficiency as users of the Arabic language. Communicating in Arabic is the ultimate objective of teaching Arabic. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed using Islamic texts that discuss etiquette, friendship and character.

Islamic Studies/Quran Studies II, Grade 10

Islamic Studies is a course that is aimed at both building character as well as providing students with background knowledge of Islamic faith, history, and culture. Quran recitation (tajweed) is taught as a skill. Meaning of Quran (tafseer) is emphasized.