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Category: English IV Honors (page 1 of 5)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

As we study Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, you will be expected to make connections beyond mere plot. We will use our study of Gawain to practice developing close reading and annotation skills and developing our ability to have complex discussions about themes in Medieval literature.

In-Class Analysis and Annotation with Small Groups

Reading Focus:

  • Truth (thematic idea)
  • Game (thematic idea)
  • Quests / The Hero’s Journey
  • Biblical Symbolism
  • Moral Dilemmas / Temptation

Here is a link to the PPT used in class. This will be helpful to you, especially if you miss one of the lecture classes on Gawain.

Canterbury Tales

This week, we will be exploring a sampling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Watch the video below for an introduction to The Canterbury Tales. We will also use Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as the inspiration for your next Memoir Vignette.

Once you have watched the video, you will need to begin reading. Here is a link to an interlinear translation of the General Prologue.


The Wife of Bath’s Tale

The Pardoner’s Tale

The Miller’s Tale


Finally, here is the PowerPoint detailing some of the main thematic points from each of the tales:

Research Paper Guidelines

As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Topic 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.


  • Thesis and Outline: Jan. 17
  • First Draft: Jan. 23 (@8:00am on turnitin.com)
  • Peer Review: Jan. 24-25 (closes @8:00am on 1/25)
  • Final Draft: Jan. 29 (@8:00am on turnitin.com)


Additional Formatting Supplements:


Peer Review Questions:


Annotated Bibliography

As you begin your research, you will be gathering sources and then citing and annotating those sources. All of your sources, along with their annotations, will be compiled in an Annotated Bibliography. Below you will find the complete instructions, rubric, and example provided in class.


You will need to locate at least six sources:

  • At least two sources must be pieces of literary criticism.
  • At least two sources should be focused on your topic without making direct connections to your novel (it will be your job in the paper to make those connections as the literary critic).
  • Your sources should be considered credible and scholarly.

Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:

  • Reading and summarizing your source
  • Evaluating your source as it relates to your purpose (or topic) for the paper

The next step will be to create an Annotated Bibliography. Here is an overview of the formatting for an Annotated Bibliography:

Helpful Tips:


  • To set a hanging indention, you will need to adjust the ruler in your document:


  • For new paragraphs within the same annotation/source, you will need to adjust the indention setting accordingly:


  • When citing your sources, remember to use The Owl (link above in “Helpful Resources”) and the container concept for the 8th edition of MLA:


Modest Proposal Satire Project

Satire Project Instructions

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.

Project Rubric:


Model Texts:

News Article:

Political Cartoons:

Broadcast News Segment:

Original Song:

Comedic Sketch:

Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle


Essay: “A Modest Proposal”

And finally, here is a real-world example related to our discussion about using common sense with the satirical choices you make.

Intro to Satire

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.”

Modest Porpoisal:


Swift Payment:

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!”


Tools of the Satirist:

Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.

Satire Tools

Literary Theory and Criticism Project

Project Instructions:


Click on the following to find materials for your theory:

Lesson Plan Template

Student Notes Page

Socratic Seminar Prep


Poetry Portfolio: The Romantics

Over the next three weeks, you will be exploring the poetry of the Romantics. Click HERE for complete instructions and the project rubric.

1. Select a TOPIC or POET to be the focus of your anthology:

2. Select ONE long poem and TWO short poems from the list for your chosen topic/poet.

  • Print the poems and bring them to class
  • You may want to copy the poems into a Word Document/Google Doc to make annotation easier, but you will cite the poem from the source

3. Complete a FRACTIONS analysis for your three poems.

4. Create an AP-style Poetry Analysis PROMPT and RUBRIC for one of your poems (or a pair of poems for a comparison prompt).

5. Write a RESPONSE to your prompt in a timed setting and score your own essay using the rubric.

  • We will complete the timed writing in class
  • After you score your essay using the rubric, write a one-paragraph explanation for your score

6. Create a ONE-PAGER for one of your poems.

  • The poem you use for the one pager must be different from the one(s) you used for the AP prompt.
  • Include the title of the poem, the poet’s name, at least two key quotes, an illustration that captures the essence of the poem, and a 6-8 sentence analytical response.
  • Example One-Pager #1
  • Example One-Pager #2

7. Write an ORIGINAL POEM related to the topic you chose or inspired by the poet you chose as the focus for your anthology.

  • Be sure to consider the form and structure in the poems you analyzed and incorporate poetic devices
  • Write a theme statement for your poem and provide a rationale for the poetic choices you made (form/style/content)
  • Example Original Poem
  • Found Poem Option

8. ASSEMBLE the components of your anthology.

  • Place all components in attractive binding (e.g., bradded folder)
  • Decorate the cover
  • Create a Table of Contents
  • Write a brief introduction to your anthology
  • Organize all required components in order
  • Include a Works Cited page with all poems and sources consulted for the project
  • Example Completed Poetry Anthology

Summer Reading Essay

Essay Instructions and Rubric:


If you missed class or need to review essay writing strategies, here is a copy of the Summer Reading Essay Slides from class.

Here is a copy of the Thesis and Topic Sentence Planning Page in case you lost your class copy or were absent on Thursday.

Other support documents are available on Oualline’s Classroom Resources Page. This page includes support for crafting thesis statements, organizing body paragraphs, embedding textual evidence, and writing introductory and conclusion paragraphs. It’s great–you should check it out!


Need help with MLA formatting? Check out these instructional videos:

MLA Format (Document–Microsoft Word)

MLA Format (Document–Google Docs)

Peeling Back the Layers

This week, we are diving into prose analysis, one of the key skills that you will need to develop this year in English IV Honors. Each day this week, we will work on honing your analytical skills in order to help you grow as a thoughtful, effective writer. Below you will find links to the PBL packet and Google Slides from class.

Peeling Back the Layers Packet

Slides from Class

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