Why do people do what they do? English IV you will give you a front row seat to study of the motives that have driven people's actions for centuries. Along the way you will encounter epic heroes defying danger, tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms, sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion, and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each module will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.
In Semester 1, you will read literary and informational texts that examine the concepts of revenge, heroism, power, and ambition. You will dig deep into the minds of some complex characters to write a story that explores the forces of nature. You will also explore the power of words and how they have defined our personal freedoms as Americans through the centuries. You will read foundational United States documents and examine the personal freedoms guaranteed by those documents. Follow the carousel of progress to witness the evolution of individual freedoms from candle-lit colonial times to today's high-tech nation. Your personal interest in one specific freedom will be the foundation for your own informative/explanatory article.
You will need the following items to complete this course:
These items are not required, but good to know about and use!
This course requires a lot of writing and students will be required to edit drafts and submit both drafts as well as final versions. Please be sure to save all your writing work in a separate folder on your laptop or computer.
Note: This course is not designed for ELL (English Language Learners) students. ELL students may enroll in this course ONLY if they have adequate mentor support at their home school and are able to fulfill all course requirements.
Module 1: Forces of Nature
Module 2: Carousel Of Progress