English IV

Below is the slated reading list.  Please note: just because something is listed does not mean we are guaranteed to read it as a class.  Rather than break down the to-do list week by week, we’ll be working in units that may span longer than one six-week time frame.  As such, it will be imperative that you keep up with all assigned readings and writings in order to ensure your grade from grading period to grading period.

Please view the agenda board for formal due dates.  It is strongly suggested that you keep a planner and jot down the agenda on a daily basis.

Unit One: The Renaissance
Historical Introduction to The Renaissance, WB 52-61
Sonnets 29 and 116, WB 62-67
Sonnet 73, 226
Sonnet 130, 229
To His Coy Mistress, 231, 241-242
Death Be Not Proud, 253
Allegory of the Cave, Handout + Text 451
Renaissance Theater, 282-296
Genesis, 415-418
The Fall of Satan, 438-448
The Tempest

Unit Two: The Restoration
Historical Introduction, WB 84
From Gulliver’s Travels, 488-508
From Candide, 537-540
A Modest Proposal WB, 98-111
From An Essay on Man WB, 94-97
From The Rape of the Lock, 527-534
From “A Journal of the Plague Year, 558-565
From Faust, 591-598
Party Patches, WB 285-286
Pepys and Tacitus, WB 292-295
From Diary of Samuel Pepys, 544-554

Unit Three: The Romantic Period
Historical Introduction, WB 112
Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known, 663
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways, 664
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, WB 119-125
The World Is Too Much with Us, 671
Kubla Khan, WB 126-132
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 684-703
She Walks in Beauty, 711
To a Skylark, 739
Ode to a Nightingale, 755
Ode on a Grecian Urn, WB 137-141
La Belle Dame sans Merci, 751-752
To a Highland Girl, WB 287

Unit Four: The Victorian Period
Historical Information, WB 146
My Last Duchess, WB 160

Sonnet 43, WB 166
The Mark of the Beast, 871-880
How Much Land Does a Man Need? 882-894

Unit Five: The Moderns
Historical Introduction, WB 174
Shakespeare’s Sister, WB 247
Shooting an Elephant, WB 257
The Myth of Sisyphus, 1105
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Unit One: The Renaissance

  1. Personal Essay: This I Believe

(This assignment functions as a scholarship essay)

  1. Poetry analysis with reply: “To His Coy Mistress”
  2. Part : Whole analysis
  3. Various Response Papers

Unit Two: The Restoration

  1. The Research Paper
    1. Proposal
    2. Summary
    3. Synthesis
    4. Outline
    5. Works Cited Page (MLA)
  2. Various Response Papers

Unit Three: The Romantic Period

  1. Analysis of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
  2. Various Response Papers
  3. Your own ode or lyric

Unit Four: The Victorian Period

  1. Analysis of Conflict and Theme
    1. “Mark of the Beast”  OR
    2. “How Much Land…”
  2. Various Response Papers

Unit Five: The Moderns

  1. Analysis of the role of vision and power in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  2. Various Response Papers
  3. Portfolio Analysis & Final Assessment