Course: English IV & AP Literature

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Course Description

This course teaches students the close-reading and analysis skills necessary to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students learn how to consider a work’s structure, style and themes, and the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.

Units and Lessons

Unit 1: Show vs. Tell Resources: 33

This unit introduces the skills for extending the elaboration of an idea with concrete and singular detail. Editing symbols are introduced and used by both teacher and students in revising and editing writing. This unit also introduces the year-long practical integration of grammar in the writing process—with an emphasis on the adverb subordinate clause, the present participial phrase, conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, and the semicolon. Fundamental concepts of critical reading are introduced through comparing and contrasting compositions that "tell" and those that "show." This unit relies heavily on the research and published work of Michael Degen, Ph.D, specifically his book Crafting Expository Argument.

Unit 2: Frankenstein Resources: 91

This unit explores themes of isolation, responsibility, and creation. In addition to Frankenstein, it includes lessons using Paradise Lost and Pygmalion.

Unity 3: Analysis Through Poetry Resources: 22

Unit 4: Othello Resources: 103

The Big Push (to AP Lit Exam Day) Resources: 24

Macbeth Resources: 27

Research Project Resources: 21

I like ending the year with a research project. It gives the students a chance to showcase their paraphrasing skills, it prepares them for the kind of assignments they'll face in college, and it emphasizes the importance of presenting a polished work. My English IV students have two options to choose from: 1) Research a dictator of their choosing—either a contemporary one or one from recent or ancient history—then compare and contrast their dictator's “fatal flaw” with that of a Shakespearean “tragic hero.” 2) Choose a novel or play we've studied together as a class and show how the themes and ideas in that text help you gain a better understanding of two contemporary texts--one fiction, one non-fiction. The AP Literature students choose a book of literary merit and research how one should interpret the novel.

Heart of Darkness Resources: 12

Satire Resources: 10

The Geometry of the Essay: Organizing Your Argument Resources: 10

This unit works under the belief that quality art, like nature, has a geometry to it, and just as the closer you look at an element of the natural world or the farther away from the planet you move, there is a structure and geometry previously invisible to, the same is true of a well-written essay. Students begin their study of the geometry of the well-crafted essay by focusing on building their thesis and supporting assertions (topic sentences) prior to drafting their response to literature.


Course Resources

procedures quiz.docx  
Connotations Game (Dulce et Decorum Est).docx  
Literary Techniques and Poetical Devices (Omelas and Winter).docx  
SCAVENGER HUNT (Story of an Hour).docx  
The Introduction - A Template.docx  
English IV Semester Final - PRACTICE.docx  
Books of Literary Merit.docx  
AP & Pre-AP Resources and Plans For All Grade Levels Unit Plan


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