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					PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS Course Syllabus Course Title: English 4 Honors Textbook: Short Fiction, an Introduction, Poetry, an Introduction, The Short Prose Reader, and a variety of novels Teacher: Kelly Severino 732-981-0700 ext. 7011 kseverino@pway.org I am available before and after school all days except Monday by appointment. Course Description: English 4 Honors is five-credit course that uses a college-like approach to it. Students will read, analyze, respond to and discuss various pieces of literature in a thematic approach. Students will be expected to be independent learners and thinkers as the course will run similar to a freshman college English course. Course Schedule: Scope and Sequence Approximate Time Frame Marking Period 1 – Sept. to Nov. Semester 1 Origins and Identity Obasan, Oedipus Rex, Othello, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, The Stranger

Topics/Skills/Areas of the World Topic/Titles: “The Wolf and the Mastiff”, “The Widow of Ephesus”, “The Prodigal Son”, “Young Goodman Brown”, “Rape Fantasies”, “Rules of the Game”, “My Last Duchess”, “Rape”, “A Poison Tree”, “The Man He Killed”, “To me he seems like a god” Skills: standard English conventions, author’s style, close reading, interpret text, define tragedy, author’s purpose, analyze poetic devices and techniques, critical reading, critical thinking, literary analysis, narrative writing

Marking Period 2 – Nov. to Jan. Semester 1 Identity Perks of Being a Wallflower, Song of Solomon, The Stranger

Topics/Titles: “The Astronomer’s Wife”, “Shiloh”, “The Horse’s Dealer’s Daughter”, “Eleven”, “Barbie”, “Battle Royal”, “Girl”, “The Yellow Wallpaper” Perks of Being a Wallflower Who am I unit project Skills: standard English conventions, literary devices, theme, textuality, intertextuality, compare and contrast, imitate author’s style

Marking Period 3 – Jan. to Mar. Semester 2 Family and Community Hamlet, The Kite Runner, Death of a Salesman, A Doll’s House,

Topic/titles: Ray Carver short stories, “A Good Man is Hard To Find”, “I Stand here ironing”, “Everyday Use” Goodbye, Columbus, The Kite Runner, Death of a Salesman, A Doll’s House, Hamlet Independent reading- community project Skills: standard English conventions, descriptive writing, persuasive writing Topics/Titles: Ceremony, Stiff, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime, A Lesson Before Dying , and other approved selections. Independent novels/projects: Skills: standard English conventions, research skills, MLA format, independent thesis, oral delivery skills, personal reflection

Marking Period Four – April to June Journey

Materials Needed: notebook blue and/or black pen hi-lighter Classroom procedures: 1. All school rules apply. 2. Being on time means being ready in your seat by the bell. 3. Major assignments are due on the assigned dates even if you are not in school that day. 4. Late homework and classwork will not be accepted; major assignments will be accepted with a fifteen-point deduction from the grade that you would have received on the assignment. After the one-day grace period, no late assignments will be accepted. 5. If you miss work due to absence, you have the number of days you were absent to make up that work. 6. Work can be handed in via email or on paper; if you email something to me, be sure to confirm that the email was received. 7. We will be using Turnitin this year. Plagiarism will not be an issue. 8. Respect your classmates at all times. 9. Maintain your student responsibilities of punctuality, attentiveness, effort, and inquisitiveness. Grading Distribution: Marking Period One:

Essays/major writing assignments: 40% Unit tests/projects and presentations: 30% Bi-weekly quizzes: 20% Homework and Class assignments: 10% Marking Period Two: Essays/major writing assignments: 40% Unit tests/projects and presentations: 30% Bi-weekly quizzes: 20% Homework and Class assignments: 10% Marking Period Three: Essays/major writing assignments: 40% Unit tests/projects and presentations: 30% Bi-weekly quizzes: 20% Homework and Class assignments: 10% Marking Period Four: Essays/major writing assignments: 40% Unit tests/projects and presentations: 30% Bi-weekly quizzes: 20% Homework and Class assignments: 10%


				
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