Welcome to English IV at Madison Central High School. I look forward to sharing part of your child’s educational experience this year. I consider this class to be a shared effort for your child and for me. My responsibility is to enhance your child’s communication skills (reading/writing/public speaking), and to prepare your child for college, for employment, or for service in a branch of the United States military. These responsibilities are of equal importance to me in the classroom. I look forward to each student’s acquaintance with success.
Your child’s responsibility is to be in class each day with his/her materials, ready to work and to learn. It is imperative that you and your child communicate throughout the school year about any concerns or needs. Please notify me when issues arise.
I will keep you updated regarding your child’s progress. I encourage you to email me with any questions you may have. This Senior Year should be a wonderful school year for your child. The completion of twelve years of pre-college education is worthy of celebration.
All homework assignments can be found on my teacher website. This site can be accessed from the Madison Central webpage. Click “Teachers” and find my name – Charles Sallis – to access my web page.
Course Description: In English IV, we will continue to build upon the skills your child has already learned. We will focus on writing, editing, advanced grammar skills, and ACT preparation. Our reading material will consist of a survey of British literature in the required textbook, as well as various novels and non-fiction pieces.
Supplies: 3 Ring Binder, Dividers, Loose-leaf paper, Number Two pencils, blue or black pens, multicolored highlighters, and 1GB (or larger) flash drive.
Required Novels: My methodology involves locating PDF presentations of the novels I teach so that students can access them on their laptops. These three novels are listed in the syllabus.
Grading: 66% Tests, Papers, Projects
34% Quizzes (x2), Daily Assignments, Homework
Make-up Policy: Follow the student handbook for guidelines. The student must schedule make-up tests as soon as he/she returns to school after an absence. All work must be made up on time (see handbook for clarification).
NOTE: The teacher reserves the right to modify the schedule and assignments. Time
constraints or unforeseen events may determine such actions.
English IV Syllabus
1st Nine Weeks: “Literary Heroes”
Literature: The Anglo-Saxons (449-1066) Beowulf, The Seafarer, The Wanderer
Novel: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Writing: Responses to literature – figurative, connotative, and technical meanings
Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement; Clarity in Writing
Vocabulary: Contextual Evidence and Literary Terms
2nd Nine Weeks: “Satire, Wit, and Darkness”
Literature: The Middle Ages (1066-1485) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Renaissance (1485-1660) various selections
The Restoration (1660-1800) Paradise Lost (perchance)
Major Work: The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Writing: Thematic Essay and Literary Responses.
Grammar: Correct Use of Pronouns; Punctuation; Clarity in Writing
3rd Nine Weeks: “Dream World”
Literature: The Romantic Period (1798-1832) Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge,
Byron, Shelley, and Keats
Writing: Reader Responses
Literary Research Paper (graduation requirement)
Grammar: Punctuation; Editing; Clarity in Writing
Vocabulary: Contextual Evidence, Research Terminology, and Literary Terms
4th Nine Weeks: “Modern Issues and Postmodern Discomfiture”
Novel: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Literature: The Victorian Period (1832-1901) Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hardy
The 20th Century (1901-2000) T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas
Novel: Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner (“The American Shakespeare”)
“The Old People”
Writing: Reflective Essays – personal observations
Thematic Essays – detail idea development over the course of the text
Return this page only and keep the rest of the syllabus in your binder.
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