246 English IV

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for seniors not taking 252 AP® English Literature and Composition or 250-251 AP® English Language & Composition

English IV is a two-semester course required of students seeking to fulfill their English high school graduation requirement. It covers the origins and evolution of the English language and literature from approximately 500 AD to the present. The works of classic British writers are the foundation of various lectures, discussions, writing assignments, and projects. 


By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read, analyze, and critique a variety of literary genres. 
  2. Research and integrate information into writing using the correct MLA documentation format.
  3. Write for a variety of audiences and purposes, both formally and informally.
  4. Identify a variety of literary terms and devices.
  5. Write in standard form, including grammar, punctuation, usage, capitalization, and spelling.
  6. Discuss authors, their works, and related issues.
  7. Show an appreciation for the authors, their works, and related ideas in accordance with the Gospel values.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The evolution of the English language 
  2. Attributes of Old English poetry and Old English epic poetry 
  3. Attributes of Middle English literature 
  4. Attributes of Shakespearean sonnets and plays 
  5. Attributes of Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poetry 
  6. Attributes of British comedy from the Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth Century.


This curriculum was last updated on January 27, 2021, by the English Department.