English 10 (Smeed)


Welcome to English 10 with Mrs. Smeed. Throughout this semester/year we will be covering many different aspects of the English 10 Curriculum. You may like some units more than others, but always remember my class motto and you’ll be sure to succeed in this course:


Course Overview

You will be reading a variety of materials this semester, ranging from novels to short stories, essays and newspaper articles, poems and plays. Below is a list of some of the materials you will be reading in this course.

Novel Study:

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Short Stories:

Various Short Stories by Several Authors


Various poets, poems, and styles of poetry


Parts of Speech, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays, Editing

Current Events:

Newspaper Articles and much more!

*Provincial Exam Preparation:

Essay Writing, Comprehending Texts, Poetry, Short Story, Making Connections between Texts (The Provincial Exam is MANDATORY for students on the 2004 graduation program, and is worth 20% of your English 10 Final Mark)

Marks Breakdown

Marks for each term will be weighted as shown below, and then averaged at the end of the semester for a final grade. The final grade in this course is dependent upon completion of the English 2 Provincial Examination, worth 20% or your overall mark.

  • Assignments: 75%
  • Tests: 25%
Ministry of Education – English 10 Learning Outcomes Link


There are several ways in which you will be assessed in this class. Below is a list of the activities we will do to ensure you are meeting all of the learning outcomes for English 10:

  • Individual and Group projects
  • Individual and Group presentations
  • Internet Research
  • Sentence, Paragraph and Essay development
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar exercises
  • Identifying and Developing Themes, Ideas and Concepts
  • Interpreting Bias and Point-Of-View in Textual and Media Resources
  • Peer and Individual Editing
  • Online Debates and Forum Discussions

Final Note:

You will get out of this class what you put into it, so

  • Work hard and you will achieve.
  • Study my feedback and you will improve.
  • Ask for help and you will receive it.
  • Hand it in and you will get marks!

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to complete all assignments in this course. Students are responsible for making up any and all assignments missed due to appointments, illnesses, vacations, or extended absences.