About English 4:
Literature: The first quarter is designated for fiction, and the class reads Unwind by Neal Shusterman. The novel is set in the not so distant future and falls under the genre of science fiction and/or a dystopian novel. The second quarter is designated for nonfiction, and the class reads excerpts of different types of philosophies in life and writes and reflects often regarding their opinion about the philosophy. Quarter three we read the novel, The Year We Disappeared by John and Cylin Busby. It focuses on a true story of an attack on a policeman and the long-term effects it had on his life and his family's lives.
Vocabulary: The vocabulary in this class is pulled directly from the literature read in class. For example, in the novel Unwind, students are responsible for the definitions of the slang words since this is a futuristic setting, and many of the words used are not from our every day language. In Unit Two on philosophy, there are certain terms that must be understood within each of the philosophies.
Writing/Grammar/Research: Writing is done throughout the entire year, with most topics relating to the literature. However, in one specific quarter, a special emphasis is placed on research techniques. Grammar will be taught as needed pertaining to the writing and any particular difficulties or problems the students encounter as they write. MLA format will be followed for citations during the entire year.
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