Hello future students! I am looking forward to a great year in English IV Honors, and I hope you are, too!
Your first assignment for English IV Honors is SUMMER READING! I know, I know–you don’t think those two words should go together. However, I think you will really like the memoir selections we picked this year. If you need a new copy, the full instructions can be viewed or downloaded below:
We expect you to:
Select one of the three memoirs.
Read and annotate your selected memoir.
Be prepared for future assessments and assignments.
If you want to get ahead, you may begin working on the reading journal, which will be due the second week of school and will count as 50% of your first AA grade.
If you have any questions about this assignment or about what to expect next year, let me know! I am looking forward to meeting you in August.
It’s time to try your hand at creating satire! Think wicked thoughts to make a ‘modest’ proposal to fix a vice in our society, much like Jonathan Swift did in his ‘proposal.’ While your problem should be a serious issue, your solution, obviously, should be satirical. Your objective is to draw attention to an important social issue while proposing a ludicrous solution. The contrast of the problem and solution should make the need for reform evident.
The key to success in creating good satire is to use your own style, sense of humor, and opinions to create an informed and humorous piece that also advocates a mock “solution” to the social issue in order to call attention to the issue. In response to a current concern or issue, write or produce your own “modest proposal” for publication or production. You may present your satire in a number of ways.
If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.
We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”
Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist. In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended. The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”
Throughout this unit, you will read, analyze, and adapt one Shakespearean Comedy. Click HEREfor a digital copy of the instructions.
The five play selections in this unit are:
As You Like It
Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
The Taming of the Shrew
I do have a class set of print copies for use during class time, but if you need to access the plays outside of class, they are available from the Folger Shakespeare Library (http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/).
As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.
The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.
Here are the IMPORTANT DUE DATES:
Thesis and Outline: Dec. 6
First Draft: Dec. 11 (@11:59 on turnitin.com)
Peer Review: Dec. 13-14 (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)
Final Draft: Jan. 9* (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)
*Please note that we have decided to give you the Christmas Break to finish the final draft so that you have time, if needed, to give your best work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to submit your final draft BEFORE you leave for the break.