English 3-4

English 3-4 Course Syllabus


Quarter 1 Units

          Literary Analysis

Students analyze poetry and short stories for comprehension, identifying various literary elements including: alliteration, allusion, antagonist, characterization, climax, conflict, connotation, denotation, exposition, falling action, fiction, figurative language, foreshadowing, imagery, irony, literal language, metaphor, mood, narrator, nonfiction, novel, personification, plot, poetry, point of view, protagonist, rising action, resolution, setting, short story, simile, symbol, and theme. These concepts are also reinforced through AIMS reading-style practices.

            Language Conventions

Students learn/reinforce rules of spelling, grammar, and sentence combination.

            Introduction to Persuasion

Students begin to familiarize themselves with language/terms associated with the art of persuasion.


Quarter 2 Units

          Persuasion/Persuasive Writing

Students learn to identify effective versus ineffective modes of persuasion in editorials and essays. They also learn to use effective modes of persuasion in their own writing. Students practice writing persuasive essays using these modes of persuasion. Students also write a persuasive piece with a research component, using evidence from other sources to support their arguments. This unit culminates in the 3-4 PBA.

            Business Writing

Students learn to write in the suitable style for business communications in each of the following formats: memo, resume, business letter. Students may also learn how to conduct an interview and create business cards.


Quarter 3 Units


Students read and analyze the Lord of the Flies.

            AIMS Review

Students practice reading and writing skills with assignments parallel to the structure of the AIMS reading and writing tests. This includes a review of the persuasive, literary analysis, and business units.


Quarter 4 Units


Students analyze poetry for understanding and figurative language. Students create poetry presentations to be given in front of the class, as well as create their own poems in various styles.


                        Students read and analyze non-fiction short stories and essays.

Personal Narrative

Students create a narrative based on one of their life experiences. The narrative includes and introduction, conclusion, and multiple body paragraphs. It is edited for errors and written in final copy form.