English 10 - Kolbe Academy

English 10

English 2: Composition & Logic

According to the Ignatian method, Kolbe Academy’s English courses are designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively speak, write, and act. As this is a composition course, the emphasis is on writing in an academic setting. The composition work is complimented by a review of the second subject of the Trivium: Logic (Grammar being the first, and Rhetoric the third, each covered in the ninth and eleventh grade English classes respectively). Studies in Vocabulary are included here as well. Thus, Vocabulary and Logic are woven in with the Composition to strengthen and enrich the student’s grasp of the English language and prepare them to write high school level papers that demonstrate critical thinking and successful argumentation.

The goal of this course is to help students build upon their essay writing skills and write a well-formed research paper.  Students will learn and practice the skills needed to be successful when writing essays and research papers.  These skills include:

  • Organizing their thoughts in a logical manner
  • Making a strong argument to support their view
  • Using correct grammar
  • Properly citing sources using the MLA Handbook

The students will also work with some basic elements of formal logic and elocution.  Through these elements, the students will learn to develop logical arguments and use literary devices to enhance their writing.

There will be weekly writing assignments for this course.  Writing assignments will be accessible for all students and will be drawn from the common knowledge subject areas of history, literature, and theology, or they may be in another area of the instructor’s choice.

Students will also use the Sadlier Vocabulary program to develop their capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  The vocabulary portion of the course will also develop the student’s ability to work with

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Homographs
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Roots
  • Denotation
  • Connotation
  • Literal usage
  • Figurative usage
  • Analogies

Practicing these skills will help the student utilize better and more effective word choices as they write and help them prepare for college entrance examinations.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will be required to submit 4 larger composition assignments per semester as chosen by their instructor.  Core students should also expect to have daily reading, shorter weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor.  All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

  • Vocabulary E-License
  • Socratic Logic, Peter Kreeft
  • Writing a Research Paper
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Mrs. Johnson Mrs. Johnson

Grades (Typical)

10 – 11 (10th)

Live Class Meets

1x per Week

1 hr. 20 min.


Wednesday Thursday

Class Period

3 3


10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

10 (English)

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Companion Courses

Ancient Roman Literature

Ancient Roman History

Mass, the Sacraments, and Prayer & Church History I


This class is NOT offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.