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Estimated Completion Time

32-36 weeks


Students explore the world of big ideas in English IV, where they choose which path they will travel first while exploring highly engaging thematic units. Each path guides students through a series of literary pieces, allowing students to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of the time as well as the relevance of the literary works to the world students live in today.

Each path revolves around a central theme. The works in the course span a period of over 1000 years and have been written by authors who share common ideas but use a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play or the colorful images in a verse of poetry, the words of these authors give students a new understanding of the world around them.

As students travel down each path, they create authentic pieces that engage them in higher-level learning and provide them with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment I
Module 1: Forces of Nature

  • 01.00 Starting Your Path
  • 01.01 Beowulf Motifs: Hero And Monster
  • 01.02 Beowulf Anaylsis: Hero vs. Monster
  • 01.03 Concept Synthesis: Exploring The Hero
  • 01.04 Symbols Of Kings: Establishing Context
  • 01.05 MacBeth: Language And Themes
  • 01.06 MacBeth: Character Development
  • 01.07 MacBeth: Character Disintegration
  • 01.08 MacBeth: Plot Analysis
  • 01.09 MacBeth: Plot Analysis
  • 01.10 MacBeth: The Power Of Words
  • 01.11 MacBeth: Observation, Interpretation, and Critique
  • 01.12 Discussion Based Assessment
  • 01.13 The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword
  • 01.14 Beginning Your Narrative
  • 01.15 Writer’s Handbook
  • 01.16 Writing Your Narrative
  • 01.17 Publishing Your Narrative
  • 01.18 Forces Of Nature Post-Test

Module 2: Carousel Of Progress

  • 02.00 Starting Your Path
  • 02.01 Words Make A Nation
  • 02.02 Sticking To The Facts
  • 02.03 Slecting And Discussing Your Topic
  • 02.04 Fact Finding
  • 02.05 Process Of Selection
  • 02.06 Prepping Your Sources
  • 02.07 Outlining The Facts
  • 02.08 Tools For Informative/Explanatory Writing
  • 02.09 Writing Your Informative/Explanatory Writing
  • 02.10 Publish Your Article
  • 02.11 Carousel Of Progress Post-Test
  • 02.12 Segment One Final Exam

Segment 1 Honors: An Empire Divided

  • Honors 01.00 Starting Your Path
  • Honors 01.01 Analyzing Pride In Poetry
  • Honors 01.02 Life In The Land Of Hope And Glory
  • Honors 01.03 The Empire: Kipling’s Character’s And Places
  • Honors 01.04 Kipling: Development Of Themes
  • Honors 01.05 Kipling: Analyzing And Comparison
  • Honors 01.06 Explaining Kipling’s Message
  • Honors 01.07 Segment One Honors Final Exam

Segment II
Module 3: Expressions

  • 03.00 Starting Your Path
  • 03.01 Poetry Handbook: Structure
  • 03.02 Poetry Handbook: Imagery, Mood, and Tone
  • 03.03 Poetry Hanbook: Figurative Language
  • 03.04 Analyzing Poetry
  • 03.05 Poetry Slam
  • 03.06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.07 Archetypes: Familiar Expressions
  • 03.08 Finding A Voice
  • 03.09 Expressions: No Love Lost
  • 03.10 And Justice For All?
  • 03.11 Defying Archetypes
  • 03.12 Expressions Post-Test

Module 4: Proof Or Satire

  • 04.00 Starting Your Path
  • 04.01 Defining And Evaluating An Argument
  • 04.02 The Anatomy Of An Argument
  • 04.03 Reading An Argument
  • 04.04 Analyzing An Argument
  • 04.05 Preparing Your Argument
  • 04.06 Outlining Your Argument
  • 04.07 Drafting Your Argument
  • 04.08 Publishing Your Argument
  • 04.09 Understanding Satire
  • 04.10 Satire: Manipulating Meaning
  • 04.11 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.12 Proof Or Satire Post-Test
  • 04.13 Segment Two Final Exam

Segment 2 Honors: Fall Of The Empire

  • Honors 02.00 Starting Your path
  • Honors 02.01 Questioning Orwell’s Text
  • Honors 02.02 Decoding Themes
  • Honors 02.03 Diction Of Non-Cooperation
  • Honors 02.04 Grabbing Headlines
  • Honors 02.05 Conclusions In Ireland
  • Honors 02.06 Letter of Peace
  • Honors 02.07 Segment Two Honors Final Exam

Credits 1


  • Literary Devices (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to understand characterization (motivation and development), to make logical predictions about and connections to plot, and to analyze author’s craft in a variety of increasingly complex literary texts (including poetry) by identifying and explaining literary:archetypes, elements, and devices.
  • Narrative Writing (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences by writing a story or essay that creates the intended impact on the reader.
  • Explanatory Writing (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to write informative/explanatory texts which examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately by the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content from a variety of sources.
  • Research Using Technology (English 4)
    Student will demonstrate the ability to investigate topics through research/inquiry by creating an annotated bibliography that includes analysis and integration of information for a specific purpose.
  • Reading Informational Sources (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and integrate multiple sources of information presented in different media formats, both print and non-print which may include texts for science, social studies, technical subjects, to address a question or solve a problem by creating an essay, report, or presentation supported by strong and thorough evidence.
  • Listening (English 4)
    Student will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically by evaluating a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used by presenting an analysis or review of a speech, interview, or presentation.
  • Writing Arguments (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique topics, make connections and form judgements including a claim and counterclaim(s) for an intended purpose and audience by selecting and comparing credible sources, outlining and presenting an argument, and providing relevant details with sufficient evidence.
  • Speaking (English 4)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to speak effectively by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.



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