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Category: English IV Honors (page 2 of 5)

Intro to Romanticism

If you missed Friday’s class, here is the video we watched:

And because I know you really want to, here are the other two videos that we didn’t have time to watch in class:

If you missed Monday’s class, here is a copy of the Google Slides that I used for the lecture.

Shakespearean Comedy Project

Throughout this unit, you will read, analyze, and adapt one Shakespearean Comedy. Click HERE for 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
  • Twelfth Night

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/).

Be sure to ANALYZE your comedy with your group.



Script Adaptation Example (Remember that you are not adapting one scene–you are adapting the primary plot as a One Act Play)

Research Paper Guidelines

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.


  • 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.

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 .


You will need to locate ten sources:

  • You should have at least one, but not more than three, sources of literary criticism over your book of choice.
  • At least five of your 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 (full example here):

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:


Intro to Comedy

In case you missed it, or if you would just like to review some of the terms we learned in class, here is the PowerPoint from class on Friday introducing you to COMEDY.

Click HERE for the notes page.


If you will be absent on Monday and Tuesday of next week, we will be watching The Importance of Being Earnest and completing this Film Analysis.

King Lear Timed Writing

The timed writing will be on MONDAY. Be sure to have your pre-writing completed when you walk in the door. You may only use the prompt page while you write your essay in class.


King Lear Extra Credit

It’s a once-in-a-year opportunity for EXTRA CREDIT! Check it out:

Be on the lookout for my Remind text with a link to watch the pilot episode of Empire.

King Lear

Read the Folger Library edition of King Lear for free ONLINE.

All future assignments for King Lear will be linked here:

King Lear Podcast

In the following podcast, the creators of the TV show Empire discuss how they were inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear. The podcast is about 30 minutes long and will give you a little bit of background information relevant to King Lear along with the “modern relevance” connection that we have been discussing. You need to watch this podcast BEFORE CLASS on Thursday, October 12.

SHAKESPEARE UNLIMITED: How King Lear Inspired Empire

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.

Reading Focus:

  • Truth (thematic idea)
  • Game (thematic idea)
  • Quests
  • Biblical Symbolism
  • Moral Dilemmas

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.

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