• Syllabus For English IV, English III, English I 

    Reading list

    Honors English IV/English IV

    Ms. McNicholas




    I.                    College/Workplace Readiness

    II.                  Sources of Wisdom – the ways in which people learn

    •  Elements of Literature 4th Course Textbook (World Literature)

    • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

    • “No News from Auschwitz” by A.M. Rosenthal

    • “Hearing Voices” by

    • “Daddy Doll Under the Bed” by Erma Bombeck

    • “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid

    • “The Dolls” by William Butler Yeats

    • “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

    III.                To Be or Not to Be “Different”

    • Write Source 2000

    • Elements of Literature 4th Course Textbook (World Literature)

    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

    • “The Other Paris” by Mavis Gallant

    • “Edna’s Ruthie” by Sandra Cisneros

    • “Banished to my Room” by Ray Van Horn, Jr.

    • Excerpt from The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

    • “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?” by Tim O’Brien

    • “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury

    • “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks

    • “Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question” by Diane Burns

    • “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins

    • “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur

    IV.                Shakespeare, Drama and the Tragic Hero

    Write Source 2000

    • Elements of Literature 4th Course Textbook (World Literature)

    • Othello/Hamlet

    • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

    • “Hills Like White Elephants”

    • Selected sonnets by Shakespeare


    V.                  Discovering the Truth


    Write Source 2000

    • Elements of Literature 4th Course Textbook (World Literature)

    • The Stranger

    • The Awakening

    • “Tea Party More Than a Temper Tantrum” by Leonard Pitts

    • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

    • “Roselily” by Alice Walker

    • “Estranged” by Bruce Holland Rogers

    • “Birthday Party”

    • “Barbie Doll”

    • “War is Kind” by Stephen Crane

    • “A Man Said to the Universe” by Stephen Crane

    • “The Existentialists” by Rob Coteau

    VI.                Literary Analysis Research Paper

    VII.              Fables, Myths and Legends


    • Write Source 2000

    • Elements of Literature 4th Course Textbook (World Literature)

    • Things Fall Apart (optional text)

    • The Kite Runner (optional text)

    • “Muslim vs. Christian Terrorism” by Leonard Pitts

    • “The Tiger, the Brahmin and the Jackal” from the Panchatantra

    • Selections from Aesop’s Fables

    • Selected Greek myths

    • “Life is Sweet at Kumansenu” by by Abioseh Nicol

    • “Butterfly”

    • “Leda and the Swan”

    • “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

    VIII.            Outside Reading – Pick a book/read a book




    English III Syllabus

    Ms. McNicholas


    Unit 1 Analysis of Language in Anglo Saxon Culture 7 weeks 

    Beowulf  From The Canterbury Tales (selections)  Beowulf. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Perf. Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, & Angelina Jolie. Paramount Pictures, 2007. DVD.  Non fiction articles of “Today’s heroes”: http://www.cnn.com/specials/cnn-heroesnit 1 Analysis of Language in Anglo Saxon Culture 7 weeks 


    Unit 2 Gender Studies in the Romantic Period 7 weeks

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  Introduction of “Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft  “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman  Excerpt from Emma (1815) by Jane Austen  Bad Feminist (2014) by Roxane Gay or Ted Talk “Roxane Gay Confessions of a Bad Feminist”  Pride and Prejudice (2005) Movie

    Unit 3 Behavioral Studies in the Romantic Period 7 weeks

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. Perf. Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro. Tristar Pictures, 1994. DVD.  Google Earth (locations in story)  Article on Abandonment Child Syndrome  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130248/  Article on Scientific Consequences  https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/10-emerging-ethical-dilemmas-science-and-technology  Article on Nature vs. Nurture  http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/nature-versus-nurture

    Unit 4 Analysis of Human Psychology in the Renaissance Period 7 weeks 

    Macbeth by William Shakespeare  Macbeth Movie directed by Roman Polanski  Shakespeare Uncovered “Macbeth with Ethan Hawke”  “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare  Virtual tour of the Globe Theatre  http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour 

    Unit 5 Societal Influence of Individual’s Thoughts in the 21st Century 7 weeks

    1984 by George Orwell  Article: “Little Brother is Watching” by Walter Kirn  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/magazine/17FOB-WWLN-t.html  Comparative T-Chart and quotes  https://static01.nyt.com/images/blogs/learning/pdf/2010/20101021_1984.pdf  Other resources  https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/teaching-orwell-and-1984-with-the-times/

    Unit 6 College and Career Readiness in the 21st Century 5 weeks




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    English I Syllabus



    Honors/English I

    Unit 1 Coming of Age 8 weeks 

    The House on Mango Street vignettes 

     Supplemental readings: “Sure You Can Ask Me A Personal Question”

     Unit 2 The American Dream 8 weeks 

    A Raisin in the Sun  

    Supplemental readings 

     “I Have a Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      “American Oxygen” Rihanna

     Unit 3 Shaping Identity/Moral Obligations 8 weeks 

    To Kill a Mockingbird  

    Teaching Mockingbird Resource Guide

    Supplemental readings 

     “How Boys Become Men”  Political Cartoon -

    - Women’s Suffrage Movement  Lemonade visual album -- Beyonce 

       Unit 4 Individual Will vs. Societal Pressure 8 weeks 

    Romeo and Juliet 

     Supplemental readings  

    “After Turkey Day”  

    Sonnets 1, 18, 29, 46, 58, 80, 116, 130 

     “Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet: Teenage couple jailed and faces being stoned for falling in love”  

    West Side Story


    Unit 5 The Power of Culture and Religion 8 weeks


    Supplemental readings 

    “Behind the Veil” 

    “Why the War in Iraq was fought for Big Oil” 

     Iran Hostage Crisis video