Dr. and Mr. Ferg's English Classes

Ouachita Parish High School

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.
Ernest Hemingway

Ouachita High School
English IV Dual Enrollment / AP Syllabus


First Semester

Week 1 Introduce course: Turn in Summer Reading Projects
(8/17)
Summer Reading:

Brave New World Aldous Huxley
All The Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
How To Read Literature Like A Professor Thomas C. Foster

For all summer reading novels, students will complete a journal that includes the title of the work, the author, major characters, a summary of the plot, a list and explanation of major literary devices utilized by the author, a summary of the theme, and a brief (2-3 paragraph) reaction to the novel.

For Foster’s book, students will mark the text of the book and annotate throughout in such a way that evidences thorough understanding of the material.

Paragraph writing and close reading instruction

Week 2 The Short Story (5 week unit) - Plot and Structure
(8/24)
“A Summer Tragedy” Arna Bontemps

Week 3 The Short Story - Characterization
(8/31)
“Outcasts of Poker Flat” Bret Harte
“Everything That Rises Must Converge” Flannery O’Connor

Week 4 The Short Story - Setting and Point of View
(9/7)
“To Build a Fire” Jack London
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Ambrose Bierce

Week 5 The Short Story - Tone, Style, and Irony
(9/14)
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” Kate Chopin
“Hills Like White Elephants” Ernest Hemingway

Week 6 The Short Story - Symbolism
(9/21)
“The Black Cat” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Devil and Tom Walker” Washington Irving
Week 7 Sustained Silent Reading (2 week unit)
(9/28)
Students will choose a novel from the list of AP frequently tested novels

Week 8 Sustained Silent Reading (2 week unit)
(10/5)
Students will choose a novel from the list of AP frequently tested novels

Week 9 9-weeks tests:
(10/12)
In class essay (former AP prompt) responding to a prompt
about their Sustained Silent Reading book.

Week 10
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
(10/19)

Week 11
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
(10/26)

Week 12 Poetry (7 week unit): Definition, Figurative Language
(11/2)
Each week during the poetry unit, students will write one 2-3 page paper analyzing a poem in depth. Papers will focus on weekly topics including imagery, tone, and figurative language.

Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 13 Poetry: Figurative Language
(11/9)
Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 14 Poetry: Imagery
(11/16)
Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 15 Thanksgiving Break

Week 16 Poetry: Allusion
(11/30)
Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 17 Poetry: Tone
(12/6)
Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 18 Poetry: Musical and sound devices
(12/12)

Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Week 19 Poetry: Structure, Rhythm, and Meter
(1/4)

Selections from Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense.

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam will consist of a timed, in-class response to a poetry AP writing prompt.


Second Semester

Week 20 Drama (9 week unit): Hamlet
(1/11)

Week 21 Drama: Hamlet
(1/18)

Week 22 Drama: Hamlet
(1/25)

Week 23 Drama: Shakespeare Writing Project
(2/1)
Students will write a Research Paper of 8-10 pages. Students will analyze some aspect of Hamlet, perform a close read, research the background of a selected passage, or investigate the life, times, or work of William Shakespeare. Students will use at least three outside sources that explore specific elements of the play, explore influences in Elizabethan England, or give insight into the development of Shakespeare the writer.

Week 24 Drama: Shakespeare Writing Project
(2/8)

Week 25 Drama: Shakespeare Writing Project
(2/15)

Week 26 Modern Drama:
The Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
(2/22)

Week 27 Modern Drama:
The Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
(2/29)

Week 28 Modern Drama:
A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
(3/7)

Week 29 Modern Drama:
A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
(3/14)

Week 30 Modern Drama:
(3/21)
Students will write an in-depth 3-5 page analysis, focusing on characterization or theme in the play

Week 31 Spring Break
(3/28)

Students will read one of the following: Catcher in the Rye, The Awakening, Frankenstein, Wise Blood, or A Farewell To Arms.

Week 32 Literature Circles
(4/4)
Students will read one of the following: Catcher in the Rye, The Awakening, Frankenstein, Wise Blood, or A Farewell To Arms

Students will be placed in groups where they will complete the following project:


    Week 33 Literature Circles
    (4/11)

    Week 34 Literature Circle presentations
    (4/18)

    Week 35 Prose analysis: Review for Exam
    (4/25)

    Week 36 Review for exam
    (5/2)
    May 4: AP Literature Exam

    Classroom text:

    Arp, Thomas R. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. 7th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College, 1998. Print.

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