English IV

Welcome to English IV. This course continues an emphasis on advanced reading strategies and composition techniques integrated with a study of selected British and other world literature. Selections include fiction,
poetry, drama, literary nonfiction, and informational texts. Using the writing process, students work on refining their skills in composition and developing mature grammatical and stylistic features. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in writing for varied audiences and purposes. Students also review and refine research skills through a variety of research projects. Multiple in class writings require students to practice their thinking, organizational, and communication skills. Opportunities to practice listening/speaking and an emphasis on media literacy are inherent in the course.

Announcement

Creative Projects are now due at the end of the day on Tuesday, 12/19! Hope this is good news!

Due 12/12: 1984 ASC

1. 1984–Complete the novel for Monday’s class. We will spend time in pairs crafting discussion questions and then wrap up a discussion of the novel.

2. ASC–Creative Project due dates:

12/14 for 1A and 2A

12/19 for 4B

In grading the visual bit I am expecting to see the product of deep thought (thematic understanding), extraordinary effort, and creative effort.

The following will be considered when assessing the creative project:

  1. Project’s visual impact (The visual should be aesthetically pleasing…more simply, it should look amazing)
  2. The project should be informed by your research. It should reflect knowledge and understanding.
  3. Project is thoughtful (The visual should be so thoughtfully and carefully created so as to carry your commentary/message.)
  4. Project is well-designed/executed
  5. Project reflects exceptional effort.

VERY IMPORTANT: The visual alone should communicate the commentary/message. You should not have to rely on words! This is not to say that you cannot have language woven into the visual.

Remember, the final two precis are due Tuesday (12/12) by the end of the day.

Precis Extension

ASC–EXTENSION (IF NEEDED, THE FINAL TWO PRECIS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY THE END OF THE DAY ON TUESDAY). Spread the word!

Due 12/11: 1984 and ASC

ASC–EXTENSION (IF NEEDED, THE FINAL TWO PRECIS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY THE END OF THE DAY ON TUESDAY)

1. 1984–Complete the novel for Monday’s class.

2. ASC–Creative Project due dates:

12/14 for 1A and 2A

12/19 for 4B

In grading the visual bit I am expecting to see the product of deep thought (thematic understanding), extraordinary effort, and creative effort.

The following will be considered when assessing the creative project:

  1. Project’s visual impact (The visual should be aesthetically pleasing…more simply, it should look amazing)
  2. The project should be informed by your research. It should reflect knowledge and understanding.
  3. Project is thoughtful (The visual should be so thoughtfully and carefully created so as to carry your commentary/message.)
  4. Project is well-designed/executed
  5. Project reflects exceptional effort.

VERY IMPORTANT: The visual alone should communicate the commentary/message. You should not have to rely on words! This is not to say that you cannot have language woven into the visual.

Remember, the final two precis are due Tuesday (12/12) by the end of the day.

Due 12/8: 1984 and ASC

1. 1984–Read and annotate Chapters 3 and 4.

2. ASC–Final two precis due Friday by the end of the day.