English 4 @ Independence High School

Students in English 4 will learn various techniques for effective argumentative, persuasive and critical writing. Word choice, tone and other stylistic and rhetorical techniques will be covered. The classics of English and World Literature will be the focus of literary analysis.

This English course includes the further refinement of rhetorical skills (e.g. literary analysis and criticism), the development of a writing style employing tone and literary devices, and an intensive study of major works of English and Western literature.

This course satisfies one year of the East Side Union High School District's English requirement. This course satisfies one year of the English requirement at University of California and California State University.


Core Novels

Required Literature: Oedipus the King and Hamlet or Macbeth or Othello

Novel Checkout Schedule 2009-2010

Oedipus the King

Grade-Level Literature Options: Teachers will also select a minimum of three works from the following list to supplement the required literature selections:

Animal Farm
The Importance of Being Earnest
Brave New World
The Stranger
The Metamorphosis
Their Eyes Were Watching God
A Chronicle of a Death Foretold
House of Spirits
Woman Warrior
Interpreter of Maladies
The Kitchen God's Wife
Door into Summer
Jane Eyre
Heart of a Woman


Click to download the English 4 Curriculum Map as a .pdf file


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Application Essay Personality Profile Subject Analysis
Critical Review Proposal Web Site
Dramatic Scene Research Report  
Performance Presentation Satire  

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Click to download the English 4 Essential Standards as a .pdf file