English IV

                           English IV

                        St. Francis School, Downtown Campus

                                    Dr. Brett Paice

 Course Description


This course explores how literature and film communicate notions of personal and collective identity, the social conditions of marginalized populations, and construction of gender.  We concentrate heavily on honing our writing skills with special attention to strong sentence composition and close, creative reading.  Most immediately, we will address the most effective ways to craft an engaging personal statement for college admissions. 


Class meetings will combine lecture and discussion formats. Passionate and thoughtful participation is required.


Required Texts

      The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style                     Bryan Garner

    Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen                                  Stephanie Harrison

    Black Swan Green                                                                     David Mitchell

    Hamlet                                                                                    William Shakespeare

    Stitches                                                                                     David Small

    Pulphead                                                                                   John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Slaughterhouse-Five                                                                     Kurt Vonnegut

Grading Breakdown

  • Writing (typed papers, exams, and in-class assignments)           50%
  • Quizzes                                                                                    20%
  • Exams                                                                                      20%
  • Participation                                                                             10%


Course Schedule

Quarter I : The Essay, Short Non-Fiction


Kurt Vonnegut


John Jeremiah Sullivan


David Small

Quarter II : The Novel

Black Swan Green

David Mitchell


Quarter III : Short Fiction & Poetry

Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen

Stephanie Harrison, ed.


Quarter IV : Drama

Hamlet & Sonnets

William Shakespeare





Classroom Policies

  • Please do not eat or drink in the classroom during regular class hours.
  • More than three class tardies in a quarter will result in grounding.
  • Use of cell phones and headphones is not permitted. They shouldn't be anywhere in sight during class.
  • Laptops are only to be used with permission.
  • Please keep these and other electronics in your backpack!
  • Exit Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeniorsExit2016