• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus 2012-2013

    English IV: British Literature


    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: 1.0

    Name: Ms. Jetter

    Marking Period: Fall 2012

    Phone: 610-522-4330


    Block 1

    Block 3

    Office Location: Room 108 C/223

    Class Location

    Room 223

    Portable 2

    Office Hours: M-Th  2:40-3:10

    E-Mail: djetter@sedelco.org


    School Attributes

    The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academy RESULTS!


    Course Description:

    1420:  English IV – College Prep, Grade 12 wt. 1.0 – 1 credit (prerequisite:  English III)

    The curriculum for twelfth grade College Prep English prepares the student for the rigors of post-high school learning and education. The focus of the class is a survey of English Literature from Beowulf to modern times. There is a concentration on drama and the novel, with additional time spent on a mixture of short stories, poetry, and essays. Students are required organize, complete, and present written and speaking assignments that are designed to meet the needs of the college-bound student. Writing college applications and research papers is also an area of concentration, along with sharpening grammatical, organizational, and speaking skills.

    Course Textbook:  Holt Elements of Literature Sixth Edition 

    ***Online access:  http://my.hrw.com         username: saphs          password: s4j4j

    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

    Students who successfully complete English IV will be competent in the following areas:

          Students will be able to identify the historical, cultural, and social influences of authors in British history.

          Students will be able to evaluate the history of the English written language.

          Students will be able to comprehend and analyze major works in British literature.

          Students will be able to produce academic writing using proper research and documentation skills.

    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for English IV is as follows:

    • Research Project (semester-long)



    • Tests, Quizzes, Classwork



    • Attendance & Class Participation


    20% (school wide)

    • Homework


    10% (school wide)

    • Midterm/Final




    Attendance Policy

    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.




    Classroom Expectations

    1. Students will come to class on-time

    2. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines

    3. All students will be silent and respectful while other students read aloud

    4. The teachers and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom

    5. Participation in class discussions will enhance all students’ learning experiences

    6. Students are expected to have all assigned readings completed; this will include annotations and reading to be completed outside of the classroom.


    Additional Class Requirements

          All English IV students must complete and pass the research project to earn a passing grade in English IV.

          All students are responsible for having summer reading assignments completed. This counts as part of the 1st MP grade.

          All students are responsible for the care of borrowed materials (novels, textbooks, etc.) Fines will be administered for lost/stolen/damaged items.


    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.

    *Please see attached APHS Plagiarism Policy that must be signed by all students and parents/guardians



    A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course. Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.


    REWRITE POLICY:   Any written assignment that receives a less than desirable grade may be revised and rescored.   Stipulations:  assignment MUST have been initially submitted on time; rewrite can only occur AFTER a student-teacher conference about the work; assignments MUST be revised in a timely fashion (i.e., a few days after the initial due date.)


    Late Work:  will only be accepted ONE day after the due date for half credit.   (This includes Saturdays! Send assignments via email!) 

    Unit/ Topic

    Course Activities


    Month/ Timeframe

    The Anglo-Saxon Period

    Anglo Saxon poetry, Beowulf

    Study guides, test, writing project

    Sept/Oct-1st MP

    The Middle Ages

     The Canterbury Tales, The Arthurian legend

    Study guides, test, writing project, webquest

    Oct/Nov-1st MP

    The Renaissance

    Macbeth, sonnets

    Study guide, quizzes, essay, webquest

    Nov/Dec-2nd MP

    Research Project

    variety of British novels

    Journals, writing assignments, literary activities, research process assignments

    Dec/Jan-2nd MP

    The Victorian Period

    Short stories, poetry

    Study guides, quizzes

    Jan-2nd MP