In English 4, students look critically at the world around them by reading a range of texts that explore past and present social, political, and cultural issues. As they read, students are challenged to analyze how central ideas and themes are crafted and presented, assess the author’s purpose for writing, and consider how to break down and evaluate information in a thoughtful manner. Throughout this course, students will think about how people see the world from different perspectives while also considering the common themes, hardships, and triumphs that unite humanity.
Spot Piece [Mastery Project]
HOW DO YOU WRITE ABOUT THE WORLD?
The New York Times has launched a new section called “On the Spot,” which welcomes youth studying journalism to report on local events by crafting a spot story worth of publication. Because of your knowledge of what drives the news, how it is structured, and experience documenting a local event, you’ve been recruited as a spot news reporter.
Shakespearean Sonnet [Mastery Project]
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A SONNET LIKE SHAKESPEARE?
William Shakespeare’s home stage, the Globe Theatre in London, has announced a sonnet competition to honor the verses embedded in some of his greatest plays, as well as to celebrate the dramatist’s collection of poetry and mastery of the form. The competition is open to high school students from around the world who must write and perform an original poem that follows the structure and rules of the Shakespearean sonnet. Poets are asked to write be inspired by their own experiences, while conveying a universal theme to a global audience.