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Mr. Matthew Techmanski

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Academic English IV is a year-long course for seniors graduating in June 2013. The course covers a wide range of literature dating from the Anglo-Saxon period (449-1066A.D.) through the Twentieth Century. Most of the literature covered is Briti

E4 Course Syllabus 2013-2014

Published on 9/19/2013

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Mr. Matthew Techmanski
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Course Syllabus   2013-2014                                              English IV: Literature and Composition

                                                                                                             Mr. Techmanski: Room 1444

                                                                                                                        Conference Period: 5th


Mission           Our students will be successful in any life and academic endeavor when we teach them how to apply the skills of reading closely, writing with purpose, and thinking critically.

Motto             Hic sumus legere.  Hic sumus scribere.  Hic sumus cognoscere.

Required Textbook    Holt McDougal:  British Literature (green)

Required Supplies     1-inch 3-ring binder (not to be shared with other courses)

1 ream/package of loose-leaf / filler paper (85 pages)

(Wire/spiral notebooks of any kind are not permitted for class use)

                                    4 subject dividers (paper or plastic)

                                    12 clear document protectors

                                    1 new Composition notebook (no pages may be torn out of it)

                                    1 computer flash drive / jump drive / SkyDrive

                                    1 portable calendar/day planner

                                    Blue or black ink pens only


Semester 1     Term 1            Anglo-Saxon Period: 449-1066 A.D.    _                      ___Old English

Texts     Growth of the English Language (part 1) and Literary Movements,

Anglo-Saxon riddles, Archetypal steps in a hero’s journey, Beowulf,

Stark’s The Ghost of Peddler’s Run

Films    NOVA: Secrets of Stonehenge; Gladiator (opening sequence); Beowulf; NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword

Vocabulary      alliteration, allusion, animism, archetype, caesura, canto, chain mail, didactic, epic, epic hero, etymology, fate, foil, Great Chain of Being, hyperbole, kenning, kinship, malice, metaphor, moor, Norse mythology, Odin, oral tradition, paganism, peril, proto Indo-European language, pyre, scop, scribe, simile, Stonehenge, troll, valor, wyrd


                        Term 2            Medieval Period: 1066-1485 A.D.                  ______Middle English

Texts     Growth of the English Language (part 2) and Literary Movements,

Medieval ballads, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Dinesen’s The Sailor-Boy’s Tale, Boccaccio’s Federigo’s Falcon

Films    NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals; First Knight

Vocabulary      absolution, anapest, ballad, barque, Black death, chivalry, courtly love, dactyl, etymology, Exeter book, Feudalism, forlorn, frame story, iamb, iambic pentameter, Magna Carta (Great Charter), Martinmas, matins, meter, metrical foot, Norman Conquest, patricide, pilgrimage, prologue, pyrrhic, quandary, refrain, rhyme scheme, spondee, sovereignty, stanza, sundry, Thomas à Becket, trochee, usurp, virtue


Term 3            Renaissance Period: 1485-1660 A.D.              Early Modern English

Texts    Growth of the English Language (part 3) and Literary Movements, English sonnets, O. Henry’s After Twenty Years, Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth

Films    Shakespeare: A Life of Drama [biography]; Tragedy of Macbeth

Vocabulary      allegory, apparition, avarice, bard, blank verse, catharsis, characterization, charnel house,  couplet, equivocation, foreboding, free verse, goad, hamartia, heath, hubris, humanism, manifest, oracle, paradox, prevarication, quatrain, quell, raconteur, regicide, soliloquy, sonnet, suborned, taint, thane, tragedy, tragic flaw, tragic hero, treason


Semester 2     Term 4            Romantic Period: 1798-1832 A.D.                      Late Modern English

Texts    Growth of the English Language (part 4) and Literary Movements,       Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

Films    IMAX: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure; Frankenstein

Vocabulary      adversary, ardour, benevolence, capitulate, caprice, chamois, convalescence, countenance, demoniacal, elixir, epistolary, ethics, hovel, incredulous, indefatigable, insatiable,  laborious, magistrate, morals, palpable, Omnipotence, repugnance, reanimate, Romanticism, sledge, spectre, sublime, traverse, turnkey, values

Term 5            Victorian Period: 1832-1901 A.D.                            Standard English

Texts    Growth of the English Language (part 5) and Literary Movements,           British and American poetry, the Human Condition                   

Films    Dead Poets Society; The King’s Speech

Vocabulary      diverge, iambic tetrameter, mutability, paradox

Term 6            Twentieth Century: 1901-present                            Standard English

Texts    Growth of the English Language (part 6) and Literary Movements,          Shaw’s Pygmalion, personal/professional résumés

Film     My Fair Lady

Vocabulary      aristocracy, didactic, epilogue, incarnate, incorrigible, irony: situational, verbal and dramatic, luxuriant, modulation, opulence, platonic, tomfoolery, unabashed, vernacular

Expectations  Students are required to follow all LCISD policies as stated in the FHS handbook. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes.  All students are required to bring their own supplies to class every day.  Cell phone use is not permitted in class unless authorized by the teacher.  All students are responsible to know how to view their grades on-line [see Ms. Mikeska for assistance].  Students are required to obtain all tardy passes though the attendance office.  Sleeping in class is not tolerated or accepted.  Restroom breaks should be conducted between periods – not during class.  Retain all handouts, notes, quizzes, tests, and worksheets until graduation.  When absent from class, obtain all notes, handouts, etc., and complete all homework assignments before returning to class.  (Never ask your college professor what you missed due to an absence.)

Assignments   Student heading includes full name, date, and class period in the upper left corner.  Written assignments must be submitted on loose-leaf paper only.  The holes cannot be torn.  Homework assignments are due at the start of class.  E-mailing homework/written assignments to the teacher is not accepted.  Assignments containing plagiarism will result in an automatic zero, written referral to the respective AP and parent contact.  Students caught cheating on any assignments (in or out of class) will result in a zero on the assignment and parent contact.  All assignments should be submitted on time, every time.  Failure to do so will subject the assignment to the following LCISD late policy:

Late work Policy    1 day late:     20 points deducted                                   Grading Scale  A= 90-100

                              2 days late:    50 points deducted                                                 B= 80-89

                              3 days late:  100 points deducted                                                 C= 75-79

                                                                                                                                     D= 70-74

                                                                                                                                      F= below 70


Notice/Disclaimer      This course syllabus is subject to change due to library research and/or term paper, class progress, student success, teacher discretion and additional materials adapted for class use.

Dates to Remember  Open House:  September 9th, 6:30pm

                                    Book Fair:  September 9-13, 2013

                                    Library Research:  T.B.A.

                                    Final Exams:  Semester 1: Dec. 16-20 / Semester 2: May 23-29

Holidays:  Thanksgiving:  Nov. 27-29, Christmas:  Dec. 23-Jan 3

MLK Day:  Monday January 20, 2014

Spring Break:  March 10-14, 2014

Commencement:  Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 2pm

Monday - Friday Class Schedule:
1st period:   8:15 - 9:05am
2nd period:  9:10 - 10:00am
3rd period:  10:05 - 10:55am
4th period:  11:00 - 12:55pm
5th period:  1:00 - 1:50pm  (Conference)
6th period   1:55 - 2:45pm
7th period:  2:50 - 3:40pm

Tutoring Times:  Monday - Thursday after 3:50pm

Contact Information:  832-223-3800 /
Test Dates: odd calendar days Monday - Thursday

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