ENGLISH IV HONORS SPRING 2016                                                                                                          book
    Ms. Zepp
    Room 423 
    Email: kmzepp@wsfcs.k12.nc.us                   
    Class Website: https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/9763


    English IV Honors students can expect to explore informative, argumentative, and narrative texts with a literary focus on British literature. The emphasis in English IV is on argumentation by developing research skills, which enables the student to speak and write from an informed position. The Honors designation means that this class will require a higher level of maturity and sense of responsibility from students. The pacing of the class will be more rapid than a regular-level ENG IV course; the reading material will often be more challenging; and you will be asked to work both independently and collaboratively, oftentimes being stretched to explore abstract and difficult concepts. Grammar and vocabulary will be incorporated into daily and weekly assignments. The course is designed to prepare you for college-level English courses and will be both challenging and rewarding.



     To increase and solidify students’ knowledge of the rules and traits of good technical, research-based, and creative writing

     To successfully navigate and understand fiction and non-fiction, short stories, novels, plays, and poetry for literal, interpretive, personal, and critical comprehension

     To explore the nature of self and of humanity through close reading of texts

     To contribute to class discussion through both speaking and listening

     To move effectively through the stages of the writing process with careful attention to brainstorming, drafting, peer review, revising, editing, and publishing

     To apply correct grammar in written work; develop and appropriately use a wide ranging vocabulary

     To apply MLA format when researching and producing written work

     To prepare students for college and the workplace



     One three-ring binder  (no smaller than one inch) with divider tabs

     Loose- leaf, college-ruled paper


     Box of tissues

     Copy of the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Harper Perennial Modern Classics Edition)




     Be exceptional! Do everything to the best of your ability. Strive to be creative and to push yourself. The more engaged you are, the better your grade will be in the class and the more you will get out of the course.

     We are in English class to strengthen our writing and critical thinking skills, not to practice our social skills. You are expected to keep conversations not relevant to class, outside of the classroom. Transitions between activities are to be done quickly and quietly, and, unless otherwise stated, you are not invited to communicate socially with your neighbors.

     Only friendly, positive & supportive behavior and actions are allowed in our classroom. Be kind.

     Understand that you are accountable for your actions. Please behave like a responsible young adult. Please comply with all teacher requests promptly and politely.

     Be in your seat and ready to start class when the bell rings.

     Bathroom passes are for emergencies only. The only time you may ask to leave the room is during individual or group work. Do not interrupt instruction or class discussion.

     Keep your notebook organized, complete all assignments diligently and quietly, and come to class fully prepared to participate. Yes, you will have homework assignments.

     Drinks are allowed, but need to be in a container with a lid.

     Food is not allowed in our classroom. If you are eating in class, you will be asked to throw your food away.

     All classroom materials, furniture and property are to be treated with respect. 

     Keep your hands to yourself. Horseplay and intentionally harmful behavior are treated the same way.

     Guests in our classroom are always treated with respect. Please remain quiet during any announcements or when the phone rings.

     Please follow all school rules while in our class.

     Failure to adhere to these rules will result in disciplinary action. For most offenses you will be given a friendly reminder of the rules before I make a call home to speak with a guardian. If you continue to violate classroom rules, or engage in any harmful or disrespectful behavior, you will be sent to the office with a disciplinary referral.



     Being present in class is extremely important. With the exception of emergencies or sickness, you are expected to be present each day. Please remember that you cannot pass the class with 10 or more absences.

     If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to see me before or after school to discuss makeup work assignments and time frames. I will maintain the calendar on our class website, so please check there for missed work or assignments. Please do not approach me during or at the start of class to ask what you have missed.

     I will accept missing and make-up work for excused absences only. You can expect to have one make-up day per missed class period. I will not accept missing or late work once we move on from a unit of study.



    You may not use or display your cell phone in our class. I do not bring my cell phone to class with me, and I expect that you will leave yours on silent in your locker or backpack. I will give you one courtesy reminder about this rule before I collect your cell phone for the remainder of class. You will be responsible for both turning in and collecting your cell phone at the end of class. If there are times when I ask the class to bring or use personal devices for research or writing purposes, you must connect to the school Wi-Fi (as outlined in the BYOD policy). This is the only acceptable use of a cell phone in our class.


    Class Website/ Student Portal
    Our class website contains many helpful resources. Please familiarize yourself with the information that is available there, most significantly: the online textbook, the calendar, and the MLA formatting and research guidelines. You should also either download the PowerSchool App to your phone or learn how to access the portal from the school website. You are responsible for keeping track of your progress.

    School Email

    Please log on to your school email account within the first week of class. I will expect communication from you to come through this email account. You have free access to the Microsoft Office Suite through your school email account, and I expect you to both check and utilize this email account. Your email address is the first four letters of your first name, the first four letters of your last name, and the last four digits of your student number at wsfcsstudents.net (for example katizepp5678@wsfcsstudents.net). You will be prompted to create a password upon your first visit.


    You will turn in all major writing assignments on Turnitin.com. You will need to set up an account using the directions provided. Please set up this account within the first week of class.

    Remind 101

    Please sign up for Remind 101 so that you can receive helpful reminders and announcements via text. Parents, you too can sign up for these free, anonymous text reminders from me. Simply text _________ to _________ in order to sign up.  I will send reminders about homework assignments, due dates, or important events.

    Senior Portfolio

    The culminating assignment for this course is an electronic portfolio. You may choose any website creation site you prefer. I recommend looking at Google Sites, Weebly, Wordpress, or Wix. You will be uploading writing samples, personal statements, and other information to this site. The earlier you start personalizing and setting up this site, the better off you will be.


    Dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.  Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic discipline, such as an “F” grade on the assignment, exam, and/or in the course. Plagiarism can also result in the issuance of a D1 at the discretion of the instructor. We will review the guidelines for MLA formatting and citations and use turnitin.com for major assignments. It is expected that you turn in all major assignments using this format so as to avoid plagiarism.


    Your grade in this class will be composed of the 1st and 2nd quarter averages and the final exam grade. I grade on a point scale. Major tests and projects will be worth 100 points. Classwork, quizzes, homework assignments and other minor grades can range anywhere from 10-50 points. You are encouraged to make use of office hours (by appointment only) if you would like additional assistance and should utilize email as a method of communication with me when we are not in class. Extra credit will be given in special circumstances, but not to those who have missing assignments.




    Materials/ Class Activities

    Major Writing Tasks & Projects


    Course Introduction


    -          Overview of syllabus

    -          Review of MLA formatting and citation guidelines

    -          Introduction of Senior Portfolio


    Sample Essay Statements


    Old English, Middle English, and Medieval Literature  

    -          Beowulf

    -          The Canterbury Tales

    -          Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    30th Pilgrim Assignment – Satire Assignment  

    The English Renaissance and Enlightenment

    -          Sonnets and Pastorals

    -          Macbeth

    Sonnet Exam

    Macbeth Argumentative Paper

    The Romanic Period  

    -          The Big Six Romantic Poets

    -          Frankenstein

    Critical Analysis/ Research Paper

    *The Victorians

    -          Wuthering Heights

    -          Jane Eyre

    Film Analysis and Comparison Presentation

    Modernity and the Post-Modernists

    -          Brave New World

    -          Poetry- T.S. Eliot, Auden, Yeats

    -          Short Stories- D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene

    Narrative Writing Assignment BNW


    Final Project- Senior Portfolio Due

    * Due to block scheduling, some units may be shortened or altered to meet time restraints.