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Scope and Sequence -Honors English IV
Valerie Cody – Spring 2016
Texts used: Elements in Literature, Prentice Hall’s The British Experience, Seventh Edition of the MLA Handbook
Course Overview: Our semester will include, in conjunction with the NC Standard Course of Study, studying
literature, writing, nonfiction and informational text, and speaking and listening. Anchor texts will be used as a way to
link the required components. Students will also complete a challenged books research paper using the MLA
Handbook – Seventh Edition as a guide. Upon completion of the paper the students will orally present their findings
using visual aids to the class and invited guests. They will also complete a second research project that will involve
Power Point presentations skills. Early in the course we will complete a college essay that could be used to apply to
schools or for scholarship applications. This course includes a state-mandate NC Final Exam that will count as the
student’s semester exam. It will count 20% of the semester average. There are no exam exemptions for this course.
Defining the Hero: Students will examine selected works with focus on the hero and his functions within novels,
poetry and prose.
Out of class
Beowulf – excerpts from the textbook
Canterbury Tales – Prologue and selected tales
Brave New World
Poems: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “The Wild Swans at Coole”, and “I Know I’m Not Sufficiently Obscure”
The Evil that Men Do: Students will take an opposite approach and focus on the villain in novels, poetry, and prose.
Out of class
Lord of the Flies
Poems: “My Last Duchess”, “Ozymandias”, “Dover Beach”, “Hollow Men”, and “The Second Coming”
In a Split Second…: Students will focus on moments of epiphany and closely examine character action, motivation,
and development in novels, poetry, and prose.
Out of class
The Last Lecture
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Poems: “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night”, “To His Coy Mistress”, and “To An Athlete Dying Young”
Vocabulary: In order to strengthen your vocabulary skills and reading comprehension skills, we will conduct a study
of unfamiliar vocabulary words. These words appear on the SAT, so you will also be getting exposure to the format in
which you will be tested. You will define 20 words per week. We will perform two practice exercises in class and write
sentences. The quiz on these 20 words will take place each Friday. By the end of the semester you will have been
exposed to approximately 340 words.
We will cover necessary concepts through isolated grammar units as needed.
Reading Response: The reader response piece will be completed with each literary text we read. As you are reading
you will respond to three quotes provided by me and choose two quotes that indicate one of the following: plot
advancement, character motivation, symbolism, irony, allegory, or epiphany. You will choose one quote that
epitomizes where you believe the author is indicating the theme of the text. You will also summarize and respond to
an article I have posted on Edmodo. These responses are due on the day the text is due.
Writing: The production of these writing pieces will occur both in class and at home. Writing is a process. This
process includes prewriting / brainstorming, rough drafts, revision for content / editing for grammar mechanics, and a
final copy. Several of the writing pieces will be submitted both on paper and through Google Docs using the email
address provided to you through Catawba County Schools. Several will be submitted solely through Google Docs and
others will be submitted only on paper.
The following are types of writing pieces that will be covered. At the discretion of the instructor, these pieces may
 Resume / College Essay / Scholarship Essay
 Banned and Challenged Books research project
 Narrative about life-changing trip, travel or adventure, person or experience
 “So What” paper written about a selection from Lies My Teacher Told Me
 Life Philosophy Paper: focus on The Last Lecture
 Poetry Analysis
 In-class literary analysis essays focusing on text
 Out-of-class literary analysis essay focusing on text
Informational Text: The informational / non-fiction text will include but not be limited to speeches from great orators,
literary analysis essays, argumentative articles, excerpts from Lies My Teacher Told Me, excerpts from Tipping Point,
newspaper articles, critical reviews of texts, science-related material, magazine articles, and other forms of
informational text.
Speaking and Listening: This standard will be covered on a daily basis. You are expected to contribute in an
intelligent manner to class discussion each day. While you will not receive points or a grade for that contribution, you
will see improved grades on the assessments, if you actively participate in the class discussion. You will be expected
to present your Challenged Books Research Project to the class as well as complete a Social Issues Project where
both sides of a controversial social issue are presented and you express your views on which side you prefer. These
presentations will have dress requirements and time minimum and maximum specifications. On a daily basis, you
should be prepared to actively engage in class and be ready to answer questions from the instructor or your peers.
Since cooperative group work is essential in 21st Century Learning, you may be required to informally present the
consensus from your group.
This scope and sequence is an attempt to provide students and parents with an idea of the structure of the course.
There will be additions and deletions made at the discretion of the instructor.
EVALUATION: Tests 30%, Essays 20%, Quizzes 25%, Research Paper 25 %
Policies / Procedures
Students are expected to be in the room and in their seats when the tardy bell rings.
Students are to go to their lockers, to the phone, or to the restroom before the tardy bell rings. Students may
not leave class the first 15 minutes or the last 15 minutes unless it is an emergency. Students will be allowed
to leave on an as needed basis.
There is a school-wide policy concerning academic dishonesty. It can be found in your Student Handbook.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Each student is given ample opportunity to be successful. It is for that reason extra credit is not offered on an
individual basis. Occasionally, extra credit may be offered to the entire class.
A student can come in before or after school to get help individually with any assignment.
Assignments are not accepted late!
Make-Up Work
 All students are responsible for material presented in class. It is the student’s responsibility to ask Mrs. Cody
what was covered in class should an absence occur.
 It is the student’s responsibility to check their folder for any handouts/assignments given during an absence.
 A student who misses in-class work, a quiz, or a test (any graded assignment) is expected to make up this
work within five days following the absence; otherwise a zero will be recorded.
 Very rarely will a student be allowed to make up work during class. Students should plan to come before or
after school to make up missed quizzes and tests.
 A student who comes in after or leaves before class must come between classes or before or after school to
turn in any assigned homework and/ or to make arrangements to make up quizzes or tests. Otherwise, full
credit may not be earned. This is to discourage students from leaving early or coming in late so that
homework assignment, test, or quiz can be avoided.