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English 4 [Honors] (1st semester)

English 4 [Honors] (1st semester)

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Course Description

The honors English track concludes with English 4 [Honors]. This course requires students to engage with a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, including works by William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Virginia Woolf, and Henry David Thoreau. In addition to reading, analyzing, and evaluating these texts, students will also hone their writing skills through a range of assignments and build on previously learned concepts to begin generating their own paper topics and research questions.

Course Breakdown

  • "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
  • "The Sun Rising" by John Donne
  • "The Loveliest of Trees" by A. E. Housman
  • "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot
  • "Daybreak" by Stephen Spender
  • "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold
  • "Sonnet for Heaven Below" by Jack Agüeros
  • "The Thought Fox" by Ted Hughes
  • "Soul's Joy, Now I Am Gone" by John Donne
  • Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare
  • "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning
  • "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
  • "Go and Catch a Falling Star" by John Donne
  • "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" by Robert Browning
  • "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" by Christopher Marlowe
  • "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Sir Walter Raleigh
  • "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • "Naming of Parts" by Henry Reed
  • "Not Waving, But Drowning" by Stevie Smith Shepheardes Calender
  • "Eclogue 4" by Edmund Spenser
  • "All the World's a Stage" by William Shakespeare
  • "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • "Death of the Hired Man" by Robert Frost
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • "Adventure of the Dying Detective" by Arthur Conan Doyle

Course Goals

  1. Write a descriptive essay that utilizes imagery and figurative language.
  2. Read and analyze poetry.
  3. Examine poetic conventions and structure.
  4. Write a poetry analysis.
  5. Read and analyze Jane Eyre.
  6. Create a time capsule based on the time period and culture in Jane Eyre.
  7. Write an analytical essay on Jane Eyre.
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