English IV - Honors Syllabus

Spring Creek High School

Mrs. Christy A. Shivar

English IV-H Syllabus


I am happy to welcome you to E102 and to your twelfth-grade English course for this school year.  The focus for this course includes developing skills in reading, language usage, writing, and research, but there is a strong connection with British literature in this course also. 


English IV Standard is a demanding course, with regular in-class and homework reading assignments, essay tests and literature-based essays, and research projects, in addition to regular language usage and vocabulary exercises.  


My expectations are high, but I know that Spring Creek students can and will meet them.  I trust that this will be a good school year for us all, and I look forward to getting to know you better as the year progresses.  I hope that you will contact me with any questions or concerns; my school e-mail is christyshivar@wcps.org or you can leave a phone message for me at (919) 751-7160. 



Mrs. Christy A. Shivar


Daily Materials:

  • 3-ring binder style notebook – 1” – 1 ½ “     
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils/Crayons/Markers
  • MLA Handbook 8th edition (optional)
  • USB Flash Drive – 16 GB recommended (optional)

Wish List:

  • Tissues/Kleenex
  • Paper Towels
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Copy Paper
  • Expo Markers


Contact Information:

Instructor Email: christyshivar@wcps.org

School Phone: 919-751-7160

School Fax: 919-751-7202

School Address: 4340 Indian Springs Rd. Seven Springs, NC 28578

Instructor Planning: 2nd Block (9:35-11:05) – Messages may be left at other times



  • All graded assignments will be based on a 10-point scale with values as follows:
    • A – 100-90
    • B – 80-89
    • C – 70-79
    • D – 69-60
    • F – 59 or below
  • Minor Grades – 40% (journals, classwork, homework, quizzes)
  • Major Grades – 60% (tests, projects, various writing assignments, senior project)


Class Rules:

  • Be Responsible – I do not give you a grade; you earn it.
  • Be Here in body and spirit. Come to school and pay attention.
  • Be Prepared – Bring your stuff. Turn in your work on time. Know when tests, etc. are scheduled.
  • If You Don’t Know, Ask – I am not a psychic. I cannot read your mind. If you have any questions, please ask me. I am not a shark; I do not bite.


Classroom Procedures:

  • Cell Phones – Student cell phone use is not permitted during class. PLEASE DO NOT CALL/TEXT YOUR STUDENT’S CELLPHONE DURING CLASS. School policy (requiring confiscation) will be enforced.
  • Tardiness – Students are referred to ISS on 4th tardy as per school policy.
  • Personal Needs – Please take care of personal needs as much as possible between classes (restroom, water, lockers, etc.).
  • Late Work – Late work will be accepted up to one week after due date with a 10 point deduction per day it is late.
  • Absences – When absent, students should make arrangements to collect notes and assignments from teacher upon return. School policy allows one week for completion of assignments missed during absence. Previously scheduled assignments are due on dates given; make arrangements to turn your assignments in even if you are going to be absent.
  • Turning In Assignments – All work should be turned in to the correct class tray or designated area, on time, to receive full credit.
  • Notes – Students will be responsible for taking and maintaining appropriate notes for the material studied. Your work should be organized and neat.
  • Quizzes & Tests – All quizzes and tests will be announced and will be based on important information, themes, and main ideas from units of study.


Helpful Hints:

  • Text Reminders – Students and Parents may sign up for helpful text reminders about due dates, tests, quizzes, progress reports, etc. through Remind Messenger Service by using one of the following:
  • Books – Books are typically individually assigned when class sets are available. Students may check out books to take home by obtaining approval from the teacher.
  • Class Website – The class website is available under the Class Websites > English tab on the Spring Creek High School website. It contains information concerning tests, quizzes, projects, progress reports, detailed assignments, etc.
  • Home Base – Students may obtain a password to check the online grade book for themselves. Parents may also obtain a password to check the online grade book for their student. This allows you to follow your student’s progress on a daily basis. See the WCPS website for a link to create your account.
  • Progress Reports – Progress reports should go home in 3 week increments.

Collection I & II: Songs of Ancient Heroes and The Tales they Told


·         Historical Perspectives Throughout the Ages and The History of the English Language

·         Beowulf  –  pgs. 42-49 (GLAC)         

·         Everyman – (GLAC)

·         The Canterbury Tales – pgs. 113-122

o       TBA

·         Federigo’s Falcon

·         Le Morte d’ Arthur – pgs. 192-200

·         Vocabulary Focus: Prefixes and suffixes, literary based, in-text based, SAT/ACT prep

·         Writing Focus: Letter, Narrative, Senior Project, Journals

·         Grammar Focus: Review of Basics, abbreviations, commas

·         Public Speaking

·         Assessment


Collection III: A Flourish of Genius


·         Historical Perspectives

·         “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” – pgs. 257-261

·         “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”

·         William Shakespeare, Francisco Petrarch and the Sonnet – pgs. 272-278

o       Sonnet 116 – pg. 283

o       Petrarchan Sonnet TBA

·          “Death be not Proud” – pgs. 312-313

o       Wit – pgs. 314-315

·         Information Text: The Influence of King James and Psalms – pgs. 336-337

·         The Parable of the Prodigal Son – pgs. 342-344

·         Theatre in the Renaissance

o       TBA

·         Vocabulary Focus: Literary based, in-text based, SAT/ACT prep

·         Writing Focus: Poetic Forms (blank verse, sonnet, free verse, ballad), Senior Project

·         Grammar Focus: Commas, semicolons, colons, end punctuation, sentence variation

·         Assessment


Collection IV& V: The Best of All Possible Worlds & The Quest for Truth and Beauty


·         Historical Perspectives

·         The Sting of Satire – pgs. 462-464

·         A Modest Proposal – pgs. 427-437

o       Top of the Food Chain – pgs. 438-441

o       Dr. Seuss Selection(s)

·         Women’s Rights & Various Political Viewpoints– pgs. 482-483

o       From The Education of Women – pgs. 495-497

o       TBA

·         “The Tyger” and “The Lamb” – pgs. 534-539

o       Child By Tiger (PLS&S)

·          “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” – pgs. 578-602

·         Pride and Prejudice (Ancillary text)

·         Frankenstein (HMcDL) – pgs. 858-859

·         Vocabulary Focus: Literary based, in-text based, SAT/ACT prep

·         Writing Focus: Argumentative/Persuasive, Senior Project

·         Grammar Focus: Sentence variation, dashes

·         Assessment


Collection VI & VII: Paradox and Progress & A Remarkable Diversity


·         Historical Perspectives

·         “The Lady of Shalott” – pgs. 694-701

o       When I Die Young – The Band Perry


·         Charles Dickens

o       Great Expectations and related studies (HMcDL)

·         Charlotte Bronte

o        Jane Eyre and related studies (HMcDL)

·         “To An Athlete Dying Young” – pgs. 725-727

·         War

o       “Dulce et Decorum Est” – pgs. 820-822

o       “The Rear-Guard” – pg. 823

·         Blood, Sweat, and Tears – pgs. 848-851

·         The Destructors – pgs. 861-873

·         Agatha Christie (Ancillary text)

·         The Demon Lover – pgs. 987-995

·         Metamorphosis (Ancillary text)

·         Vocabulary Focus: Literary based, in-text based, SAT/ACT prep

·         Writing Focus: Argumentative/Persuasive, Senior Project

·         Grammar Focus: Review

·         Assessment



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