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.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing by explaining the constitutional principles and legal reasoning in seminal United States texts, evaluating source relevance, integrating source information into a text, and creating a structured explanatory text following an outline.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of storytelling in literary texts by describing the development of characters and plot, explaining the impact of word choice on literary texts, evaluating interpretations of a source text, and creating a narrative using the six traits of storytelling.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of poetry and perspectives by analyzing the impact of structural and literary devices on a poem’s theme, creating a poem incorporating structural elements and poetic devices, and comparing eighteenth-century American cultural perspectives.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the argumentative writing process by creating an outline with research following an organizational pattern, creating a written argument strengthened by evidence and audience awareness, presenting a revised argument supported by an infographic, and explaining the importance of understanding point of view.
Module 1: Forces of Nature
Module 2: Carousel Of Progress
Module 3: Expressions
Module 4: Proof Or Satire
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