English IV:
British Literature and Composition
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Days shaded in PURPLE mean NO SCHOOL, while days shaded in YELLOW denote HALF DAYS and days shaded in GREEN herald ASSESSMENT DAYS. Use the links to the various quarters and/or breaks above to quickly find the respective assignments. Please note: These assignments are tentative, and will be updated on a daily basis. You are responsible for checking this calender on a daily basis for updated assignments.

First Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

This week, I will introduce you to your English IV class, explaining the rules by which we live and the procedures by which we function. You will understand exactly what will expected of you. You will also begin working on your college application essays.

"Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not."

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

08/104

No school

08/05

No school

08/06

No school

08/07

  1. Introduction to class procedures, expectations, and texts needed for the class;
  2. Introduction to prospectus;
  3. Introduction to class website, Rediker information, and other online components.

Homework

  1. Read through and begin the work on the "College Application Essay" unit on your class homepage;
  2. Buy your school supplies and come to class prepared tomorrow.

08/08

  1. Explain the idea of Blogger's Corner on Fridays;
  2. Begin working on your first introductory blog for the week.

Homework

  1. Finish your blog post and upload it to Weebly (or your platform of choice). Once you have done that, please email me your weebly URL so I can subscribe to your blog feed;
  2. Continue working on the "College Application Essay" unit. I expect all of parts 1 and 2 to be completed by Monday. Please upload your responses to Part 2 as an extra blog post no later than Sunday midnight.

Week 2

This week, you will begin drafting and peer reviewing each other's college essays.

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

-William Shakespeare, As You Like It

08/11

You will begin working on your first college essay mapping and draft.

Homework

Continue working on today's mapping and draft.

08/12

Continue yesterday's work. If you have already finished your first draft, please begin working on your second draft.

Homework

Continue working on today's mapping and draft.

08/13

Continue yesterday's work.

Homework

Continue working on today's mapping and draft.

08/14

Your first essay draft and map is due. You will be peer reviewing today, looking at content and offering suggestions for making the essay stand out (adding dialogue, being more descriptive and/or specific, etc...).

Homework

Fix your essays tonight, and come in tomorrow with a final copy

08/15

Blogger's Corner.

Homework

Complete your second map and draft. Please bring your second draft to class on Monday for peer review.

Week 3

This week, we will focus on the art of annotating. You will begin by annotating Frankenstein in preparation for an in-class essay this week. Afterwards, you will begin your research on the Anglo-Saxon period of British literary history.

"How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow."

- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

08/18

You will be annotating Frankenstein today. Please meake sure you have the novel with you.

Homework

If you have not purchased Beowulf, do so tonight please. Continue today's assignment.

08/19

You will continue working with Frankenstein. Please make sure you complete your annotations by tomorrow night in preparation for Thursday's essay.

Homework

Continue your annotations.

08/20

You will be with Mr. Garcia today.

Homework

Continue your annotations from yesteray.

08/21

In-class essay: choose a theme from the novel and explain how the author develops it.

Homework

TBA

08/22

Blogger's Corner

Homework

TBA

Week 4

This week, we will be working on Beowulf and learning about the epic genre.

Remember, you have ten days to recite Beowulf in Old English on SoundCloud and place your audio file on a Weebly page dedicated to Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Period. Here is the link for Beowulf in Old English.

"...the harp being struck / and the clear song of a skilled poet / telling with mastery of man's beginnings, / how the Almighty had made the earth / a gleaming plain girdled with waters; / in His splendour He set the sun and the moon / to be earth's lamplight, lanterns for men, / and filled the broad lap of the world / with branches and leaves; and quickened life / in every other thing that moved."

-Beowulf-Poet, trans. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

08/25

Quick introduction to the Anglo-Saxon Period unit. A very brief historical overview will precede you beginning your in-depth research into the period, initial preparation for your research essay, and me giving you parameters for your Old English recitation assignment. Due dates will be given in class - please listen for them and write them down.

Homework

Begin watching the videos on the Anglo-Saxon period page, read and annotate lines 1-835 in Beowulf, and begin learning how to recite the first eleven lines in Old English (please reference your syllabus to determine which outcomes these assignments will fulfill).

08/26

Diocesan Mass is today. Those of you who have class will use the period to continue yesterday's work.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

08/27

Continue Monday's work.

Homework

Continue Monday's homework.

08/28

We will begin our discussion of Beowulf today after a quick reading check (reading quiz).

Homework

Continue working on reciting your lines. For Monday, read lines 836-1913.

08/29

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Read and annotate up to line 1913, practice your lines (due next Wednesday), and continue thinking about your research paper topic.

Week 5

This week, we will start with a quiz over the second part of Beowulf and begin discussing it. You will begin thinking about your essay options for the epic.

"Oh, cursed is he / who in time of trouble has to thrust his soul / in the fire's embrace, forfeiting help; / he has nowhere to turn. But blessed is he / who after death can approach the Lord / and find friendship in the Father's embrace."

-Beowulf-Poet, trans. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

09/01

No School

09/02

You will have a quiz on Beowulf lines 836-1913. Afterwards, I will introduce your essay assignment for Beowulf, and we will begin discussing Beowulf's second battle and its aftermath.

Homework

Work on your Old English recitation if you have not yet completed it. Start finishing Beowulf as it must be finished by Monday.

09/03

Quiz over the Anglo-Saxon period. Please make sure you have reviewed your notes from the book, my notes from the board, and at least two of the six videos on the "Anglo-Saxon Period" page. After the quiz, we will continue discussing Beowulf. If we have time, we will begin looking at "The Seafarer" in the textbook.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

09/04

I will discuss the writing process today again, looking at possible options for your Beowulf essay. You will have a chance to go through the first 1913 lines of Beowulf to begin crafting some preliminary research questions.

Homework

Work on your Old English recitation if you have not yet completed it, and continue today's work.

09/05

Blogger's Corner, and your recitations are due today.

Homework

Finish Beowulf.

Week 6

We will continue working with Beowulf.

"So it won't be a cutting edge I'll wield / to mow him down, easily as I might. / He has no idea of the arts of war, / of shield or sword-play, although he does possess / a wild strength. No weapons, therefore, / for either this night: unarmed he shall face me / if face me he dares. And may the Divine Lord / in His wisdom grant the glory of victory / to whichever side He sees fit."

-Beowulf-Poet, trans. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

09/08

We will discuss the last part of Beowulf today and tomorrow. In addition, I want each of you to choose an analysis question for your essay.

Homework

Choose an analysis question and begin looking for possible answers or support from the text. As you do that, begin mapping for the essay.

09/09

Periods 1 and 3: We will continue yesterday's work.

Homework

Continue looking for support and mapping your essay.

09/10

Period 6: we will continue Monday's work.

Homework

Continue looking for textual support and mapping your essay.

09/11

I will be checking your maps and answering any questions you have concerning your essay. A working thesis will be developed in class today, and you will begin drafting your essay. Essay specifics are as follows:

  1. MLA format
  2. 3-5 pages, double-spaced
  3. No outside research allowed. Works Cited page should correctly cite your version of Beowulf

Homework

Continue drafting your essay

09/12

Blogger's Corner.

Homework

Continue drafting. Your first draft is due on Monday.

Week 7

We will work on drafting and revising your essays this week, paying particular attention to thesis and transitional development.

"The hell-dam was in panic, desperate to get out, / in mortal terror the moment she was found. / She had pounced and taken one of the retainers / in a tight hold, then headed for the fen. / To Hrothgar, this man was the most beloved / of the friends he trusted between the two seas. / She had done away with a great warrior, / ambushed him at rest."

-Beowulf-Poet, trans. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

09/15

We will begin drafting your Beowulf essay today after making sure your thesis statement is specific and focused enough.

Homework

Continue drafting your essay.

09/16

We will continue drafting your essay. Your first draft is due tomorrow.

Homework

Finish drafting your essay. It is due tomorrow.

09/17

Your first draft is due, along with your outline and mapping. Please have your thesis statement highlighted, and please make sure your papers are stapled in the following order: Map, outline, draft. We will begin by reviewing what "strong evidence" looks like before peer-reviewing your essays, which will focus only on content.

Homework

Begin making necessary corrections to your essays based on your peer-feedback. Your corrected essays should be typed on a new document, with all changes highlighted OR typed in a diffent color.

09/18

Continue working on your second drafts. This time, we will also focus on making your paragraphs transition smoothly and logically. Transitional sentences should be present, but subtle.

Homework

Continue with your drafting, which is due on Tuesday.

09/19

Two options: work on your essay, or work on your blog.

Homework

Finish your second draft. The next editing session will focus solely on grammar and style.

Week 8

We will begin looking at the medieval period of English literary history. I will introduce you to middle English and the Canterbury Tales.

"And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes, / To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes; And specially from every shires ende / Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende, / The hooly blisful martir for to seke, / That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke."

-Canterbury Tales-Geoffrey Chaucer

09/22

You may either work on your second draft (it is due by 4:30 pm) or your weekly blog.

Homework

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09/23

We will review the beginnings of Old English and how middle English developed. You will be introduced to your middle English recitation project, and you will begin reading the "General Prologue" of Canterbury Tales.

Homework

Memorize the lines for your project and continue reading the "General Prologue."

09/24

You will be meeting with Mr. Garcia today.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

09/25

You will continue reading the "General Prologue" and taking notes. You will have a quiz tomorrow over the GP.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

09/26

You will have a quiz over the GP today. Please make sure you are familiar with the pilgrims and the speaker's attitude towards each of them (use your notes!). Afterwards, those of you that need to work on your blog for the week may do so.

Homework

Read "The Pardoner's Prologue" and "The Pardoner's Tale."

Week 9

"And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes, / To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes; And specially from every shires ende / Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende, / The hooly blisful martir for to seke, / That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke."

-Canterbury Tales-Geoffrey Chaucer

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Second Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

This week, we will read "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," and we will look at the elements of storytelling present in both "The Pardoner's Tale" and "The Wife of Bath's Tale."

"It is syntax that gives words the power to relate to each other in a sequence, to create rhythms and emphasis, to carry meaning - of whatever kind - as well as glow individually in just the right place."

-Virginia Tufte, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

10/13

Some of you will share your characterizations aloud (the courageous amoung you, anyway). Afterwards, you will read "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" in class.

Homework

Finish today's work if you have not done so. You can find the prologue and tale online.

10/14

Quiz over yesterday's reading. We will discuss effective story elements, and you will find examples of these elements in the two tales you have read so far.

Homework

Please make a new page on your weebly titled, "Medieval Period." On this page, you will need to have the folllowing:

  1. A brief history of England during the Medieval period;
  2. Embedded videos with a very brief summary;
  3. A list of period authors and their works;
  4. Your Middle English recitation

10/15

You will have a chance to work on your weebly webpage for the medieval period today.

Homework

Continue today's work, and review for tomorrow's recitation.

10/16

Today you will have to recite the first 18 lines of the General Prologue in Middle English, as well as have a new page on your weebly titled "Medieval Period," and have a recording of your recitation on there.

Homework

Continue working on your webpage.

10/17

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Finish your webpage this weekend.

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Third Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

Welcome back! We will begin working on your senior thesis this week, so make sure you have your sources available for you to use! If that means printing them out, then print them out!

01/05

No school. Teacher inservice.

01/06

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

Continue drafting tonight.

01/07

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

Continue drafting tonight.

01/08

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

Continue drafting tonight.

01/09

Blogger's Corner.

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