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English IV


Teacher: Randy Nantz                         Email: Randy.nantz@laurel.kyschools.us                                               

Prerequisites: English III                     High School Credit(s): 1

Course Description: English IV is a course designed to help seniors polish their reading, writing, and speaking skills so that they are college and career ready in language arts.  The course will focus on developing the skills required to write in a variety of contexts (persuasion, narrative, analysis, etc).  Students will also learn to read and think critically, as well as speak effectively.

Objectives: Students will strengthen their abilities to read critically, write analytically and persuasively, and speak effectively.  Students will learn how to use sources and document research correctly.  Students will also sharpen their abilities to work both independently and collaboratively.

Materials Used (textbooks, software, magazines, etc.): English textbooks and real world texts, various writing models, various novels and plays from an approved reading list. 

Grading Policy: 

  • Grading policy:  Final drafts of portfolio will be worth 1,200 points; Major tests, 600 points; Minor tests, 300 points; Daily grades, 100 points.

Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests: 

  • Students are expected to be responsible for makeup work.  If you know you have a conflict or upcoming absence, please see me to work out a plan for getting the work you will miss.
  • An effective English course requires considerable reading and writing.  You will be viewed as an adult, and as such, expected to complete all assignments on time.  Late work, unless previously cleared with me, or due to an excused absence, will receive a letter grade reduction.

Attendance Policy: Attendance is crucial to student success.  This course will follow the attendance policies approved by the CFI and Laurel County Board of Education.

Supplies (to be supplied by the student): 

  • Sturdy binder, ideally with pockets or folders
  • Two pocket folder
  • Flash drive

Class Expectations (class rules): 

1.  Be in seat on time.         

2.  Bring all needed materials.

3.  Turn work in on time.  It is also your responsibility to get and complete make up work.

4.  Be respectful and attentive (i.e. no cell phones, no talking while others are presenting, etc)

Course Outline/Tentative Schedule/Major Assignments:

  • 1.  Course Overview/Career presentation—(1 week) Students will review classroom rules/procedures, learn APA style, and develop career goals.  Major Activities:  Career choice presentation.
  • 2.  Anglo-Saxon/Beowulf—(4 weeks) Students will read Anglo Saxon introduction and various selections from the era, including Beowulf.  Major Activities:  journal entries, small group project/presentation, unit essay exam, and persuasive/informational essay.
  • 3.  The Middle Ages—(5 weeks) Students will read medieval introduction, ballads, selections from The Canterbury Tales, and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”  Major Activities:  Comparison of medieval and modern ballads, Chaucer group presentation, literary analysis, persuasive/informational essay, and unit exam.
  • 4.  Novel —(4 weeks simultaneously with personal unit) Students will read a novel from an approved reading list.  Major Activities:  analytical questions, and documented essay over novel.
  • 5.  Personal Writing—(4 weeks simultaneously with novel) Students will employ the writing process in the personal genre to produce possible entries for the senior writing portfolio.  Major Activities:  journal entries, reading/scoring student models, conferencing and completing a personal writing.           
  • 6.  The Renaissance —(6 weeks) Students will read selections of renaissance poetry (sonnets, carpe diem poetry) as well as Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Major Activities:  quizzes, journal entries, lost words vocabulary activity, Macbeth projects/presentations, persuasive/informational essay, and unit exam. 
  • 7.  Poetry and the Short Story—(5 weeks) Students will read a variety of short story and poetry selections in order to understand the common characteristics of the genres.  Major Activities:  vocabulary review, graphic organizers, paired poetry explication presentations, analytical poetry essay, group presentation over short story, and unit exam.
  • 8.  Restoration and Satire---(4 weeks)  Students will read selections by Jonathan Swift as well as modern examples of persuasion/satire.  Major activities: original advertisement,  political cartoon presentations, and persuasive essay and presentation.
  • 9.  Romanticism/Victorian—(2 weeks) Students will read a variety of selections from the Romantic and Victorian periods.  Major Activities:  comparison/contrast essay, collaborative work with community, and unit exam.
  • 9.  Novel—(4 weeks) Students will read a novel from an approved reading list.  Major Activities:  analytical essay over novel or persuasive/informational essay connecting novel to community focus