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English IV Syllabus/Semester Overview   
British Literature: English IV
Literary Timeline: This course focuses on the history of the English language and the development of British literature throughout the ages. 
Grading Period 1 & 2 Anglo-Saxon & Middle Ages ( 500- 1500 AD ) 
The Epic Poem- Beowulf
Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Anglo-Saxon Riddles
The Romance- King Arthur legends
Canterbury Tales excerpts include:
"The Prologue" "The Pardoner's Tale" and the " Wife of Bath's Tale"
Scottish and English Ballads 
Miracle Play- Everyman ( Drama in the Middle Ages )
Grading Periods 3 & 4: Career Unit 
Senior Interviews- Career Readiness Unit
Cover letters
Thank you letters/follow up letters
Grading Period 3 & 4 : Renaissance & Enlightenment ( 1500- 1800 )
Drama and Tragedy - Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Sonnets, Pastorals, Metaphysical Poetry
Romantic & Victorian-  The Gothic Tradition ( 1800- 1900 ) 
Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
Romantic Poets
Modern & Post- Modern ( 1900- present ) 
Lord of the Flies- William Golding
Various Poetry and Short Stories



Honors Syllabus   
Course Description 
Honors English IV and AP Literature and Composition emphasize the development of skills in critical reading and writing about literature and related items. 
The State Framework for Honors is described below: State Board of Ed policy 3.301 
"Honors courses will substantially exceed the content standards, learning expectations, and performance indicators approved by the State Board of Education. Teachers of honors courses will model instructional approaches that facilitate maximum interchange of ideas among students: independent study, self-directed research and learning, and appropriate use of technology. All honors courses must include multiple assessments exemplifying coursework ( such as short answer, constructed-response prompts, performance-based tasks, open-ended questions, essays, original or creative interpretations, authentic products, portfolios, and analytical writing)."
Grading Scale:
A: 93-100
B: 85-92
C: 75-84
D: 70-74
F: 0-69
*Honors courses are weighted with 3 additional points per grading period. AP is weighted with 5 additional points per grading period. 
Summer Reading Books: 2015
How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster ( read 1st )
The Epic of Beowulf  translated by Burton Raffel OR Seamus Heaney ( read 2nd )
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ( read 3rd )
Vocabulary Book for Honors:
Vocabulary Workshop 
New Edition 
Level H ( make sure you get LEVEL H )
No project is required. However, I do expect students to be reading actively and annotating the text ( taking notes in the margins of the book or on sticky notes while reading ).
What kind of notes should I take?
For How to Read Lit Like A Prof- take notes over information that will help YOU begin to recognize patterns and symbols when you read or watch a film. Reading this book first is to help guide you when read Beowulf and The Hobbit.
For Beowulf and The Hobbit make sure you know the basic literary elements of the books: plot, theme, characters, setting, POV, poetic devices, figurative language, allusions, symbolism, ect. 
Also take notes over anything else that grabs your attention! 
Email me if you have questions.
Mrs. S