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Grade-12 English IV Course Outline

Grade-12 English IV Course Outline

1.0 Credit

To help students understand the importance of historic context in literary analysis.

To expose students to a variety of literary genres to further their appreciation of literature.

To develop students’ vocabulary-building skills through the use of context clues and word origin/structure analysis.

To help students recognize and understand the use of a variety of literary elements (terms and techniques).

To enable students to respond to literature in a way that reflects intelligent and thoughtful analysis.

To develop students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills so that they may function effectively in any course at university level.

To provide a wide range of learning opportunities, including daily and longer-term projects, in order that students of all ability levels may be able to reach their respective potentials and be successful.

To foster a classroom atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of respect for others’ opinions, beliefs and ways of being


  • The student will review and practice grammar and punctuation.
  • The student will develop vocabulary. • The student will practice different types of essay writing.
  • The student will read critically, informatively, and for pleasure.

Reading literature and informational texts:

  • vocabulary
  • poetry
  • short stories
  • epics: The Odyssey and Beowulf
  • drama: Macbeth, Oedipus Rex and Antigone
  • novel: The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, and The Awakening
  • non-fiction essays and speeches


  • sentence structure
  • literary anaylsis essay
  • research-based essay

Speaking and Listening:

  • novel: Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein
  • non-fiction essays


  • sentence structure
  • creative writing
  • analysis essays

Speaking and Listening:

  • presentations

Language Usage:

  • writing and editing strategies parts of speech

1- Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Course Description
  • Understanding Plagiarism
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
  • MLA Documentation updates
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources
  • Writing about Literature

2- Parts of Speech Review

  • Nouns
  • Count & Non-Count Nouns
  • Either Count/Non-Count
  • Much & Many Rule
  • Verbs
  • Verb Tense
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Pronouns
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Interjections
  • Worksheet: Parts of Speech Worksheet
  • Quiz: Parts of Speech

3- Sentence Structure

  • The Simple Sentence
  • The Compound Sentence
  • Special Cases
  • The Complex Sentence

4- Sentence Patterns

  • Sentence Construction
  • Appositives
  • Independent and Dependent Clauses
  • Improving Sentence Clarity
  • Avoid overusing noun forms of verbs
  • Avoid unclear pronoun references
  • Run-ons – Comma Splices
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
  • Worksheet: Sentence Fragments
  • Quiz: Sentence Patterns

5- Subject/Verb Agreement

  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • “Who,” “which,” and “that”
  • Parenthetical phrases
  • Rules
  • Unacceptable/Acceptable
  • Basic Rule of Grammar
  • Quiz: Subject/Verb Agreement

6- Ancient Epics

  • Tradition of Epic Heros
  • Handout: Epic Heroes
  • Handout: Hero’s Journey
  • Background: Trojan War
  • Homer
  • The Odyssey
  • Worksheet: Odyssey Online’s Greece
  • Books 1-8
  • Worksheet: Odyssey Books 1-8
  • Books 9-16
  • Worksheet: Odyssey Books 9-16
  • Books 17-24
  • Worksheet: Odyssey Books 17-24
  • Quiz: Homeric Similies
  • Homeric Poem
  • Assignment: Homeric Poem
  • History into Poetry
  • Essay: History into Poetry
  • Beowulf
  • Characters
  • Beowulf Activities
  • Handout: Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle
  • Worksheet: Beowulf Episodes 1-3
  • Worksheet: Beowulf Episode 4
  • Worksheet: Beowulf Episodes 6-7
  • Assignment: Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle
  • Kennings
  • Worksheet: Kennings
  • Creative Writing: Hero’s Journey
  • Handout: Hero’s Journey Story
  • Assignment: Hero’s Story Pre-Writing
  • Essay: Hero’s Story Final Draft

7- Greek Drama

  • The Greek Theater
  • Greek Vision
  • Assignment: Greek Vision
  • The Tragic Hero
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Worksheet: Oedipus lines 1-308
  • Worksheet: Lines 309-685
  • Worksheet: Lines 685-911
  • Worksheet: Lines 912-end
  • Tragic Flaw
  • Assignment: Tragic Flaw
  • Oedipus final assessment
  • Handout: Literary Analysis Outline
  • Assignment: Literary Analysis Outline
  • Essay: Theme/Motif Essay
  • Antigone
  • Worksheet: Antigone Worksheet
  • Antigone Images
  • Essay: Antigone Images
  • Antigone Final Assessment
  • Essay: Antigone Final Assessment

8- Medieval Period

  • Geoffery Chaucer
  • English Poetry
  • Assignment: English Poetry
  • Character Development
  • Assignment: Character Development
  • Essay: Dialogue
  • Women in Chaucer
  • Assignment: Women in Chaucer
  • Assignment: Women in Medieval Culture
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

9- The Renaissance

  • Renaissance in English Literature
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Worksheet: Faust study questions
  • Essay: Tragic Hero
  • Faustian Legend
  • Assignment: Faust Essay Draft
  • Essay: Faustian Legend Essay
  • Shakespeare
  • Macbeth
  • Worksheet: Macbeth Act 1
  • Worksheet: Macbeth Acts 2 & 3
  • Worksheet: Macbeth Acts 4 & 5
  • MacBeth live!
  • Macbeth Video Assignment
  • Essay: Macbeth Video Essay

10- Romanticism

  • Romanticism
  • Handout: Satire
  • Worksheet: Romanticism/Gothicism notes
  • Frankenstein
  • Handout: Study guide questions
  • Frankenstein: Prologue – Chapter 7
  • Assignment: Frankenstein Assignment 1
  • Frankenstein Chapters 16 to End
  • Assignment: Frankenstein Assignment 2
  • Frankenstein Essay
  • Handout: Literary Analysis outline
  • Essay: Frankenstein Essay
  • Mock Heroic
  • Handout: Outline: The Rape of the Lock
  • Handout: Poetic Forms & Terms
  • Assignment: The Rape of the Lock
  • Social Criticism
  • Assignment: A Modest Proposal
  • Final Assessment
  • Essay: Final Assessment

11- Victorian Era

  • Victorian England
  • Social Structure
  • Essay: Web Search Victorian England
  • Worksheet: Act I Questions
  • Worksheet: Act II Questions
  • Worksheet: Act III Questions
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest
  • Essay: Importance of Being Earnest Movie
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Essay: Victorian Novel Essay
  • Wuthering Heights –Final Questions
  • Assignment: Final Questions
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

12- Course Survey

  • Course Survey
  • Assignment: Course Survey
  • Handout: Course Survey
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