The curriculum for English 10 includes the study of English grammar, composition, literature, and vocabulary. Students take weekly vocabulary tests throughout the year. Additionally, students write at least two research essays during the first semester. The topics for these essays come from literature studied in class. In the second semester, students write a persuasive research paper. With each writing assignment, students study grammar and usage rules, punctuation, and sentence structure. Literature studies include short stories, novels, nonfiction, essays, and drama. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is an important component of the drama unit.