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English IV Syllabus


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English IV Syllabus


Shanna Davis, M.Ed.

 English Department Chair


The following pages give an overview of what we will cover in class this year. Be aware that not everything is listed. Also, some things are subject to change as needed.


General Objectives for English IV:   

  • Oklahoma Educational Standards
  • Reinforce skills acquired in earlier English courses
  • Analyze various forms of literature & poetry
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Improve grammar skills


Scope of the Course


Literature Overview: The following is a list of some of the literature that we will be covering in class:


Beowulf & The Anglo-Saxon Period                                   Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Canterbury Tales & The Middle Ages                                 Poetry

Arthurian Legend & The Medieval Era


Literature Books: Literature books may be assigned to you to take home. If you lose this book, you will be required to pay for the book before a new one is assigned. The cost is $87. It must be paid for in order for you to receive your diploma, as with any outstanding library book fines.


Writing: As English students, you know that you will be completing writing assignments. Some compositions will be turned in as drafts and graded as such. Others will be final copies and will be graded more strictly. I expect you to follow the writing guidelines that you have learned in previous courses, along with any that I present to you.


Vocabulary: Vocabulary will be taught in conjunction with the literature. Any vocabulary assigned with the literature may appear on the final test for that unit. Occasional vocabulary lessons will also be completed throughout the year.


Major Projects


Book Tests: Each nine weeks you are required to read at least two novels outside of class. You will have a period of four weeks to complete each book. At the end of the period, you will take a book test via computer. Each test is counted as a 100 point grade. You are responsible for checking out a library book each four weeks; inability to do so due to fines, etc, will result in a zero. You will write down the title of the book you check out and plan to read. If you do not test over this title, you will receive a zero. You have one week to change the title after checkout. After that, you are expected to read and test over the book first selected. You will test with me in the library, or on a laptop, in my room, when I am present. No other test grades will be accepted. I expect you to bring your library book to class each and every day.





English Supplies: You are required to have a notebook, folder, and pen or pencil for my class. Other supplies may be necessary later in the year. A complete supply list is attached at the end of this syllabus. Supply checks will be done throughout the year and will not be announced. Bring your supplies to class EVERY DAY; do not store your notebook, assignments, etc., in your vehicle. I will not allow you to leave to retrieve items from your vehicle. You are seniors and I expect you to be responsible and prepared for class each day.



Grading Explanation

Grading Scale: The scale in the handbook will be followed.


Point System: Grades are calculated on a point system. Your grade is based on the percentage of points you earn toward the maximum points possible. Tests or major projects may count as several hundred points. Homework assignments and daily grades may count less than 100 points. Be certain to complete all assignments to the best of your ability, or your grade will suffer.


Participation Grade: A grade will be given for what I consider proper class participation. Example: all materials must be brought to class daily. Students will lose points for the following reasons: not being prepared, sleeping in class, disrupting class, displaying poor attitude, leaving materials in the classroom, not working on proper assignment, complaining, etc.


Semester Test: At the end of the second and fourth nine weeks, you will take a semester test covering all materials from that semester. It is necessary for you to keep all of your papers in a folder so you will have study materials necessary at the end of the semester.




ABSENCES: The student handbook states the attendance policy, and it will be strictly followed. I DO keep strict attendance. Any senior missing more than the allowed amount of days will be dealt with through the truancy officer, disciplinary action, and/or will not graduate. It is imperative that you are here on time each day. You must pass English IV in order to graduate from Broken Bow High School.


Tardies: Two tardies equal an absence. You will be disciplined after the third tardy, and for each subsequent tardy. Be in your seat when the bell rings. If you are delayed by a teacher, counselor, or principal, bring a note with you.


Late Work: The due date is the last day that assignments are accepted. This will be strictly followed. It should be understood that assignments are due at the beginning of the hour. You are not to come into class and try to finish homework. Those assignments will not be accepted. If you are going to be absent on a due date, turn the work in early or send it with a parent or friend.


Make-Up Work: Make-up work should be completed on time. For example, if a student is absent for a day, that student has one day to make up the work. YOU are responsible for checking the assignment board, picking up the work, and turning it in. I will not ask for make-up work; I will simply give a zero for missing and overdue assignments. If you know about a test and are absent on the day that it is given, you must make it up on the day you return.


Talking: English class lends itself to discussion. However, you must remember to be polite during those times. Do not interrupt others or myself. There will be absolutely no talking during tests or quizzes. Talking will result in zero for the test or quiz.


Plagiarism: Any plagiarism will result in a zero.


Cheating: Cheating will not be tolerated. This includes copying someone else’s homework, test, etc. Cheating will result in an automatic zero for everyone involved.



Assignments: All assignments must be done in blue or black ink, or pencil. No other color will be graded.



Classroom Rules – These WILL Be Enforced


  1. You will be seated with all materials when the bell rings.
  2. You will bring books, supplies, and work to class DAILY.
  3. You will take all materials and belongings when dismissed.
  4. I dismiss you, the bell does not.
  5. Do not bring food, candy, drinks, or gum into this classroom. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  6. Do not be disorderly or rude.
  7. Do not throw trash or leave trash under desk or on the floor.
  8. Do not have visible any cosmetics, mirrors, brushes, etc.
  9. Do not visibly or audibly possess cell phones, music, or game devices. I DON’T WANT TO SEE OR HEAR IT.
  10. Raise your hand to speak or leave your seat.
  11. Use your hall pass to leave my room after asking my permission.



Supplies for Class:

Three-ring binder – optional


Blue or black pens


Red pen


Flash drive





Library Test Dates: