English IV (01004) WA

By English IV, students have repeatedly peered through the window to humanity that literature has opened for them. Through it, they have gained valuable perspective on their world, past and present. Close-textual interaction with literature should have heightened appreciation for those texts, improved critical and analytical skills in reading and writing, enhanced speaking and listening abilities, and enriched students' academic and personal vocabulary. This course is organized chronologically, so students can see the influences on and evolution of the ideas and forms. Writing, research, and speaking assignments will continue to focus on formulating and expressing ideas and arguments about the readings. Particular emphasis is placed on gaining critical perspective on the relationship between content and form and on synthesizing ideas into clear and concise prose and presentations.

To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. In English language arts, that critical content is both rigorous and relevant and includes high-quality contemporary works as well as the classics of literature. In English language arts, that content includes classic myths and stories from around the world, America's founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare. Students will be enriched as they expand their skills and confidence in English language arts through a comprehensive study.

Goals for this course include:

  • Refining reading skills: summary, annotation, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation.

  • Identifying explicit and implicit meaning in European literature and philosophy.

  • Analyzing a text from multiple perspectives (historical, literary, psychological, religious, philosophical).

  • Comparing and contrasting the treatment of a similar theme or topic in two or more works.

  • Analyzing literary elements: narrative/poetic/dramatic structure, point of view, theme, allegory, satire, character.

  • Analyzing language: figurative language, tone, syntax, connotation, nuance, power, beauty.

  • Analyzing informational/philosophical texts: central ideas, key terms, interaction of ideas, point of view, purpose.

  • Analyzing arguments: rhetoric, claim development, structure, purpose.

  • Refining writing skills:

    • explanatory: responding to literature.

    • argumentative: making a claim, supporting a claim, using valid reasoning, sequencing ideas, adapting to purpose, audience and task, using precise, domain-specific language, using the writing process.

  • Refining research skills: web searches, challenging usage and vocabulary, evaluating credibility, reliability, validity.

  • Participating in speaking and listening activities: listening to and analyzing speeches, evaluating a speaker's point of view and reasoning, collaborating with peers, addressing alternate or opposing views in discussions, structuring ideas to be presented appropriate to audience and purpose, adapting speech to audience and purpose, speaking clearly in formal tone, using correct grammar and vocabulary.

  • Strengthening language skills: conventions, knowledge, vocabulary acquisition and use.

State: Washington
Grade Level: 12
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year