English IV Syllabus
Miramar High School
Ms. Yvette McMahon
Text: The Language of Literature, Grade 12
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I. English IV consists of five components: literature, composition, language study, listening and speaking skills, and informational reading skills. During the course of the school year the student will master the following objectives:
; The students will read, analyze, and critique classical and contemporary British
Literature. Textbooks will be issued to all students. All literature will focus on
universal themes and issues common to humanity. Literary elements and devices will
be revisited as the year progresses.
; The student will understand and practice the reading-writing connection. A variety
of rhetorical structures appropriate for a particular audience will be studied and
practiced, from short essays to research papers, from resumes to poetry. ; Students will actively participate in language study. Language study will emphasize
vocabulary development as well as the consistent use of words and texts that are
appropriate for a particular audience. Frequent grammatical errors will be studied
; The students will actively participate in listening, speaking, and presenting ideas
related to the text in class.
; The students will use effective reading strategies in a variety of informational
II. British Literature will be studied chronologically by using a variety of short
selections from several text sources.
; The following longer pieces will be intently studied:
Beowulf translated by R. Burton (Epic Poetry)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Tragedy)
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Narrative/Descriptive Poetry)
Six Feet of the Country by Nadine Gordimer (Short Story)
A Hanging by George Orwell (Essay)
Words and Behavior by Aldous Huxley (Essay)
from Writing as an Act of Hope by Isabel Allende (Essay)
III. HOMEWORK WILL BE ASSIGNED NIGHTLY; HOWEVER, A
WRITTEN PRODUCT MAY NOT RESULT. A CONSIDERABLE
AMOUNT OF READING MUST BE DONE AT HOME!!
IV. The following grading scale will be utilized:
90-100 = A
80 – 86 = B
87 - 89 = B+
70 - 76 = C
77 – 79 = C+
60 – 66 = D
67 – 69 = D+
59 or below = F
Incomplete = I
V. Punctuality, regular attendance, and careful attention to assignments and deadlines
are all absolutely essential if the student is to successfully complete this course.
VI. Materials: loose-leaf notebook paper, 3-ring binder, pencil, pen (blue or
black only) and a green pen for grading, a composition notebook, and
dividers for notebook.
VII. Supplemental Materials-students should have a dictionary and thesaurus available
for use at home. Students will be asked to acquire several paperback novels during
the course of the year to enhance their knowledge. Every student will have home
learning assignments every night whether there is a written assignment or not.
Reading, review, and test preparation are all considered home learning. Expect a
minimum of 20-30 minutes of home learning EVERY night.