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 all seniors not enrolled in the 1818 sequence. It covers 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. Of particular importance is the ability to conduct research and documentation according to MLA format and apply that skill in a research-based paper.


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 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 Restoration and Eighteenth Century British literature 
  7. Attributes of the Romantic Age 
  8. Attributes of the Victorian Age 
  9. Attributes of the Modern Era 


This curriculum last updated on January 8, 2019, by the English Department.