English 4/English 4 Honors:Download PDF British Literature and Composition

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

English 4 is a 12th grade Language Arts course that requires students to analyze literature, literary nonfiction, speeches, and multimedia sources. The emphasis of the course is British Literature; American titles are included to provide counterpoints as they relate to the themes and targeted objectives. Students analyze literary and universal themes in classic British literature, while relating those themes to informational pieces that examine social issues across history. The course encourages students to think critically as they analyze human challenges and to consider the lessons of the past as they navigate the future. The course provides many opportunities for students to hone their language and vocabulary skills using authentic literary texts as models. Students use graphic organizers, checklists, and rubrics to evaluate and improve their reading, writing, language, and presentation skills.

The honors level course requires students to utilize higher order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis while completing more rigorous assignments. In addition, more emphasis is placed on research mastery and project-based learning.

Course Objectives

This course has been carefully designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts.

  • Read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literature, including stories, dramas, and poems with proficiency.
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literary nonfiction with proficiency.
  • Write routinely over a variety of time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Evaluate multiple sources of information representing various formats including multimedia, written, oral, visual, and graphic information, looking at credibility, accuracy, reasoning, point of view, and supporting evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
  • Create presentations integrating a variety of digital media formats.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • Use a range of strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.

Course Prerequisites

English 3 or 12th grade English equivalent

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title:  Folger Shakespeare Library: Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare

Course Outline

Unit I: Class

  • Section A – Does Society Shape Your Identity?
  • Section B – Who Defines Class?
  • Section C – Does Class Matter?
  • Section D – What Do I Think?

Unit II: Identity

  • Section A – To Be or Not To Be?
  • Section B – Are We Masters of Our Fate?
  • Section C – Can What’s Done Be Undone?
  • Section D – Will You Suit the Action to the Word, or the Word to the Action?

Unit III: Exchange

  • Section A – What Happens When Worlds Collide?
  • Section B – How Do We Adapt?
  • Section C – What’s My Story?

Unit IV: Change

  • Section A – Why Do Things Change?
  • Section B – What’s Changed?
  • Section C – How Do We Keep Up?
  • Section D – How Have Civilizations Changed?

Semester 1 Exam

Unit V: Rights

  • Section A – What Are My Rights?
  • Section B – What Can Foundational Documents Teach Me?
  • Section C – How Do I Write About Rights?

Unit VI: Ethics

  • Section A – What Can Stories Teach About Right and Wrong?
  • Section B – Can Bad Come from Good Intentions?
  • Section C – Does Time Impact Ethics?
  • Section D – How Can I Behave Ethically?

Unit VII: Consequences

  • Section A – What Does It Mean?
  • Section B – Why Write About It?
  • Section C – How Do I Stand Out?

Unit VIII: Progress

  • Section A – What Brings on Progress?
  • Section B – Who Makes a Difference?
  • Section C – What Does the Future Hold?

Semester 2 Exam