Tenth grade students study Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Late Modern English. They learn suffixes, prefixes, roots, changing connotations, and problems in diction. Students learn paragraph order, develop paragraphs, and create unity in paragraphs. Students demonstrate speeches including manuscript, memorized, impromptu, and extemporaneous. Students learn to write an introduction, complete the structure of an argument, and apply amplification and conclusion to their speeches. They learn to give interviews, listen actively, and note taking techniques. Tenth grade students learn the history of radio, television, motion pictures, and newspapers. They complete book reports throughout the year based on novels read in many different genres including science fiction, mystery, humor, adventure, tragedy, and drama.
Tenth grade students add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials. They work with complex fractions, ratios, and proportions. Students study the basics of quadratic equations, the square root method, and solving absolute value equations. Students learn about linear inequality, graphing linear inequalities, applying systems of linear inequalities, and addition and multiplication properties of linear inequalities. Tenth grade students study logarithms and antilogarithms and how to work these problems on a calculator. They study Pascal's Triangle and the The Binomial Theorem. Students make and interpret scatter plots, as well as parabola basics and graphing parabolas.
Tenth grade students study the beginning of biology, the attributes of life, and the meaning of science. They study matter, acids, bases, buffers, energy, lipids and proteins. They study differentiation of cells, sexual reproduction, linked genes and traits, incomplete and multiple gene inheritance, and sex linked genes. Students learn about DNA and DNA structure, protein construction, mutations, pedigrees, and the Human Genome Project. Tenth grade students study the foundation of body systems including the nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive system, digestive system, excretory system, and muscular system. They record and analyze observations, conduct calculation, use tables and graphs, apply concepts, formulate hypothesis, and design experiments.
Tenth grade students study ancient empires including Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome. They study Judaism and Christianity, and Greek and Roman philosophy and religion. Students study the making of nations including England, France, Spain, and Russia. They learn about the American and French Revolution, the English Bill of Rights, and The French Declaration of Rights of Man and the Citizen. Tenth grade students study The Russian Revolution, the Nazis of Germany, and allied leaders. Students learn the ten steps to writing a term paper, from selecting a topic, to conducting research and recording the location of your sources, to writing your final draft paper.