• English IV 

    Survey of British Literature

    Course Objectives & Policies


    Course Description:  This course satisfies your fourth English requirement needed to graduate next June. It will provide you with an understanding of British literary history. You will acquire an understanding and appreciation of great British authors and their works. You will also expand your vocabulary and achieve consistent grammar usage. Your development throughout the course will be demonstrated through daily discussion, continual writing assessment, and oral presentations. Students will be responsible for the NC Measures of Student Learning assessment at the end of the course.


    Instructor: Mrs. Laura Compton

    School Telephone: 336-570-6400

    Email: Laura_Compton@abss.k12.nc.us

    Office Hours: After school Monday 3:35-4:30pm


    Potential Texts:          

    Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition

                Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Medieval)

                Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Medieval)

                Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon)

    Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Renaissance)

    Swift, “A Modest Proposal” (Restoration)

    Shelley, Frankenstein (Romantic)

    Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victorian)

    Wilde, Importance of Being Ernest (Victorian)

    Orwell, Animal Farm (20th Century)


    Classroom Expectations:


    Materials-- Students should bring a hard-cover two-inch binder, divider cards, a composition notebook for journaling, loose-leaf paper, pen, pencil, and Post-It Notes. Anonymous tissue donations are appreciated.


    Tardy policy-- Students are expected to be in the classroom and working on their bell work assignment when the tardy bell rings.  Students will be considered late if they do not present a valid pass.  A warning will follow the first tardy. Three tardy marks will result in detention. A fourth tardy will result in an office referral.


    Conduct-- Disruptive behavior, profane language, throwing objects, and bullying will not be tolerated.  Positive participation and attentiveness are expected.





    Grading Procedures:


    Grading policy-- Each assignment has a specific number of points attached to its worth and will be placed in the following categories with the following allotted percentages:


    Test 20%

    This category is for all major assessments like literature-based projects and tests or student presentations.

    Quiz 15%

    This category is for all minor assessments relating to grammar, vocabulary, and literature.

    Perf/Task 25%

    This is a writing category that contains essays, journals, short answer, and drafts.

    Classwork 25%

    This category is for all daily classwork assignments that do not pertain to grammar or vocabulary study. Homework will be placed in this category if it is a continuation of the literature-based activities we complete in class.

    Homework 15%

    This category is for all daily student work relating to the study of language including vocabulary and grammar. It is possible for some classwork to be placed in this category if it is language based.


    Make-up/late work policy—Paper and assignment are due at the beginning of the class day. Students are expected to make up work according to the guidelines in the student handbook.  Students that do not submit term papers will be required to send their parent an e-mail alerting their parent of the following details: what assignment is missing and what action plan the student has put in place to ensure the student will complete the missing assignment. Daily assignments and homework may not be made up when students are present in class yet fail to turn in work; likewise, major assessments with rubrics are given well in advance of their due date and must be turned in the day they are due.  A parent or guardian should write a letter to me if there are extenuating circumstances.


    Progress reports—Progress reports will be handed out half way through every nine week grading period.  I require that these reports be signed by a parent or guardian and returned in a timely manner.  In the event that a student loses a progress report, a note from a parent can stand in place of the original report.


    Academic honesty—At Southern Alamance High School, the faculty expects the highest standards of academic honesty.  Violations of academic honesty include the following:


        • Cheating-- This includes seeking or giving unauthorized help on tests, papers, homework and other academic assignments.  No graded assignment should be lent to another student, including answers to reading quiz questions.  If another student asks what a reading assignment was about, please inform me at the end of class instead of being pressured into giving that student an unfair advantage.


        • Plagiarism-- This is defined as using another’s words or ideas and representing them as one’s own, either knowingly or unknowingly.  In other words, by not documenting ideas or putting quotations around exact phrasing and documenting the source, a student is committing plagiarism.


                            Misconduct in the area of academic honesty is subject to disciplinary action that can include, but is not limited to, parent conference, failure for the assignment, and referral to the administration.


    Grading Scale--         A         90-100                B         80-89            C         70-79            D         60-69            F          0-59                


    Please use the contact information above to let me know how I may help your young adult.  If a problem develops, I will contact you, and I may request time to remediate, assist, and coach your student before school.  Also, expect to be contacted when your child misses an excessive amount of class (three class periods) due to illness or early dismissals.

    By signing below, I have your assurance that you and your child have read, discussed, and understand what is expected from your child during this semester.  Your signature with also give consent for novels or plays that may be assigned or any films that may be shown in class, which may or may not have questionable material due to the curriculum of this class, the NC Measures of Student Learning and the reading curriculum set forth by the state of North Carolina.