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RC English IV


Unit 1: The Hero's Journey (Quarter 1)

Students will be able to tell the hero's journey is a specific type of quest archetype that reflects universal themes of rebirth and related motifs.


  1. Characteristics of an epic.

  2. How to go back into the story to answer questions sufficiently with textual evidence and details.

  3. How to analyze plot structure.

  4. How to apply the key concepts and vocabulary associated with the chosen critical lens in generating an analysis of the text



Essential Questions: What must an individual do to be considered a hero? Are heroes born or are they made as a result of experiences? How is the archetype of the hero’s journey applied to various stories worldwide? How is the hero’s journey a reflection of universal human experience?




-"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" by the Pearl Poet


-"The 12 Labors of Heracles"


-The Illiad


Unit 2: Research and Nonfiction(Quarter 2)


Students will be able to gather, organize and interpret useful and legitimate information by using a variety of sources to craft a well-organized research paper that incorporates and correctly cites information. Students will be able to communicate their skills, experience, and education needed for career and job readiness.


Essential Questions: How do text structures and features help a reader better understand the meaning? How do vocabulary, particular details, and relevant evidence combine to create the central idea of an informational piece? How does discussing or writing about informational text help to sharpen our thinking? How do I recognize, synthesize, validate, and apply information? How do I demonstrate empathy? What does it mean to walk in someone elses shoes? How do I gather effective research?



  • Scholarly Articles
  • Online Databases



Unit 3: Understanding Culture and Diversity Through Lit (Quarter 3)


Students will develop the habit of reading for enjoyment. Students will be able to read and understand how modern-day authors reflect man's cultural and philosophical approaches to life and how these ideals influence the human experience.


Essential Questions: How do readers prepare for reading?


  1. How do socioeconomic differences create conflict?

  2. How does an author’s personal experience influence their writing?

  3. What are the benefits of reading?

  4. What habits and strategies do good readers use?

  5. How can an individual take steps to break through ethnic and cultural barriers?

  6. In the face of adversity, what causes some individuals to prevail while others fail?

  7. How do our personal experiences shape our view of others?

  8. What does it mean to be tolerant?


  • Students will develop the habit of reading for enjoyment.

  • Students will be able to read and understand how modern-day authors reflect man's cultural and philosophical approaches to life and how these ideals influence the human experience.


  • “Freedom Writers Diary” by Erin Gruwell

  • Freedom Writers movie version

  • Scholarly Articles

  • Online Databases




Unit 4 – Exploring African American Literature Across Time/Independent Reading (Quarter 4)


Through close reading of various texts, students will develop the ability to analyze all written texts more accurately and insightfully.


Essential Questions: How does an author’s background influence our understanding of the poem/drama? How does the author's choice of poetic devices affect the overall meaning of the work? What are the characteristics of a drama? How are historic, cultural, economic, religious, and ethical aspects of a society reflected in a drama? What strategies do we use to understand poetry? How do we effectively read independently?



  • Black Boy Excerpt by Richard Wright

  • “Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Meyers

  • “War of the Wall” by Toni Cade Bambara

  • “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker


Class Rules


1. Respect is the most important! Respect each other, your teacher and your school.

2. All students should be seated and ready to begin class when the bell rings. A student late toc lass 3 times will receive a teacher detention. I will also contact parents if lateness to class becomes persistent. Class ends with the teacher’s dismissal. You must remain in your seat until the bell rings! Failure to do so will result in an after school detention.

3. All students are expected to bring their notebook/binder, pen/pencil and laptop to class every day. Being prepared is essential to your success in my class!

4. All students are expected to follow all school policies especially with respect, tardiness, attendance and academic honesty.

5. Sleeping and cell phone use during my class is unacceptable.


Make-Up Work


Make-up work will be done as per school policy which is one makeup day for each day of your absence. Any late homework will be deducted 10 points for each day it is late. After 5 days, the assignment grade is a zero. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to see me when you are absent!


It is my job to help you learn. I am available before and after school for extra help!


Remind 101


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Google Classroom


We will use Google Classroom daily! Class code qirj3cw




Major Grades = 50%

Minor Grades = 30%

Daily Grades = 20%