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English IVIV Honors-British Literature Syllabus

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English IVIV Honors-British Literature Syllabus

    English IV Syllabus

    British Literature

    Miramar High School

    Ms. Yvette McMahon

    yvette.mcmahon@browardschools.com

    Text: The Language of Literature, Grade 12

    Classzone Textbook Link:

    www.classzone.com/books/language_of_lit_gr12/index.cfm

    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

    and corrected.

    ; 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

    contexts.

    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.

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