Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: English 4

Instructor: Mrs. Kwietniewski            Contact Time: 9:42-10:23 or 1:12-1:53         Phone Ext: 1306


Grading Policy
Test 25%
Quizzes 15%
Homework 25%
Projects 15%
Essays 20%

Grading Policy
Quarterly grades will be based on tests, quizzes, essays, homework, class work and participation.
Tests, essays and quizzes will be worth more percentage points than homework or class work. All assignments must be completed on time or students will not receive credit. Students will take an exit exam in June that reflects the course content.



Homework Policy
Homework Policy
Homework will be due on specified days. Any missed assignments due to illness must be made up as soon as the student returns to school.



Test Policy
Test Policy
Tests will be given at the conclusion of a unit or upon completion of a novel. Test dates will be announced well in advance. Tests are a way to measure what was learned and they show if students can demonstrate effectively what they have learned. Anyone who misses a test will have an opportunity to make it up the next day.



Quiz Policy
Quiz Policy
Quizzes will be given every other week and will be announced or unannounced. They are meant as a way for me to measure how well students are understanding the material presented in class or read at home. Quizzes also must be made up the next day for any student who is absent.



One project will be assigned each marking period and must be completed by the deadline announced. Projects will be weighted like tests so they should be taken very seriously.



Course Outline
Course Outline
English 4 involves reading for understanding and information, analytical and creative writing, and vocabulary development. We will be using a combination of the textbook and selected novels to learn how to analyze literature, to become critical thinkers and to become effective writers. Students will be expected to read outside of class and to complete book reports as they are assigned. Ultimately, English 4 will prepare students to be successful in higher education.

Students in English 4 must be responsible for their assignments. At this level, it is expected that you come to me if you have missed any assignment or test.

Students should always be prepared for class with any books or supplies needed. Passes will not be given.

English IV Course Outline 2010-2011
Textbook for class is called Language of Literature. All works will come from this text unless we are reading a novel.
Fall Semester
First Quarter
Application Essay (college)
“Writing Workshop,” Application Essay
Language of Literature (LoL, pp. 260-64)
Anglo-Saxon/Medieval Periods
Essential Question: What is a hero? How
have our concepts of heroism changed
over time?

Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel
(LoL, pp. 40-51)
English Renaissance, Part I
Essential Question: What social morals and
standards are depicted in scriptural

Bible as literature:
“Psalm 23” (LoL, p. 435)
“Parable of the Prodigal Son: (LoL, p.

And Justice For All (AJFA)
Essential Question: What is the criteria
for punishment or mercy?

“The Quality of Mercy” , Moroccan
folktale retold by Sharon Creeden (AJFA,
“Portia’s Speech” (AJFA, p. 87)
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, romance
translated by John Gardner (LoL, pp. 211-21)

The Canterbury Tales
“Prologue” (LoL, pp.113-136)
“The Pardoner’s Tale” (LoL, pp.142-151)

Pronouns – Avoiding errors (p. 49)
Placement of Prepositional Phrases
Types of Adjective Phrases (p.90)
Run-on Sentences (p.126)
Verbs: Diction (p.167)

Metaphor: extended, heroic
Blank verse
Lyric poetry
Dramatic irony

Second Quarter
Essential Question: How is language used to
manipulate? How does power corrupt?
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (students will purchase play)
Essential Questions: How have other
languages and cultures influenced the
English language? How can the power of
words effect societal change? How do
personal ethics shape expression? How does
conflict lead to change?

“A Dictionary of the English Language,”
by Samuel Johnson, LoL, p. 658
“A Modest Proposal,” essay by Jonathan
Swift, LoL, pp. 612-19

Essential Questions: How do new
perceptions of the world spark revolutions in
thought and action? Why has nature inspired
so many artists over time? How can
courageous, individual expression outweigh
traditional thought?

“The Tyger,” poem by William Blake, LoL,
p. 712
“Ozymandias,” poem by Percy Bysshe
Shelley, LoL, pp. 782
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” poem by
William Wordsworth, LoL, p. 735
“She Walks in Beauty,” poem by George
Gordon Byron, LoL, p. 773
Pronoun usage – who, whom, whose (p.
Compound Predicate ( p. 51)
Distinguishing Participles, Gerunds, and
Verbs (p. 93)
Distinguishing a Clause from a Phrase
Indefinite Pronouns as Antecedents
Commas in a Series of Phrases (p. 160)

Conventions of a play
Rhyme scheme
Blank verse
Iambic pentameter

Second Semester
Third Quarter
Essential Questions: How do individuals
and societies maintain traditions in a
changing world? How does the individual
maintain a personal code of ethics in the
midst of political, social, and economic
upheaval? How does literature of the period
reflect the changing times?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin ( books provided by district)
“Ulysses,” poem by Alfred, Lord
Tennyson, LoL p. 839
“The Lady of Shallot,” poem by Alfred,
Lord Tennyson, LoL p. 839
“Sonnet 43,” poem by Elizabeth Barrett
Browning, LoL, p. 861
“My Last Duchess,” poem by Robert
Browning, LoL, p. 855-56
“To An Athlete Dying Young,” poem by
W. H. Auden, LoL, p. 963
“Sailing to Byzantium,” poem by William
Butler Yeats, LoL, pp. 990- 91
”Araby,” short story by James Joyce,
LoL, pp. 1022-28
“The Hollow Men,” poem by T.S. Eliot,
LoL, pp. 1067-69
“The Unknown Citizen,” poem by W. H.
Auden, LoL, p. 076
“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good
Night,” poem by Dylan Thomas, LoL, p.
“A Hanging,” short story by George
Orwell, LoL, pp. 1167-74

Double negatives ( p. 53)
Punctuating dialogue (p.56)
Parallelism ( p. 57)
Autobiographical letter
Modern poetry
Stream of consciousness
Word play
Fiction, short story
Free verse
Irony: verbal, situational

Fourth Quarter
Essential Question: When does research
become more than a personal "search?"

“Writing as an Act of Hope,” LoL,
“Inquiry and Research, “ LoL, pp. 1381-83

Essential Questions: What is justice? How
does a society insure justice and basic
human rights for all?

“Justice,” poem by W. R. Rodriguez,
AJFA, p. 63
“Words,” short story by Dian Curtis
Regan, AJFA, pp. 65-79
“Someone Who Saw,” short story by
David Gifaldi, AJFA, pp. 15-23
“Innocent Have I Been Tortured,
Innocent Must I Die,” letter by Johannes
Junius, AJFA, pp. 32-35
“The Truth About Sharks” short story by
Joan Bauer, AJFA, pp. 129-41
“Martin Luther King, Jr.,” poem by
Gwendolyn Brooks, AJFA, p. 142

Research paper:
Implement techniques and skills
developed this year: thesis
statement, bibliography sources,
“Research Report Writing” (LoL, pp.
Grading Policy
Quarterly grades will be based on tests, quizzes, essays, homework, class work and participation. All assignments must be completed on time or students will not receive credit. If you are absent, please see me in the morning for missed assignments.

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