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Melanie Thomas Honors English IV

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."-- Rainer Maria Rilke
Start gathering information for your college resumes: your GPA, a list of achievements and awards, etc.  We will be working on formatting next week. 
So, would you run the red light?... Let's Talk Ethics!
You will need your textbooks for Monday, August 20th.  We will begin our section on Ethics with an introduction to The Canterbury Tales.  

2018 Senior Honors English First Nine Weeks Schedule


All major assignments are listed; however, daily classwork and homework assignments are not. 

All Thesis Assignments due via Turnitin.com at 11:59 p.m. on due date.

Take advantage of the Writing Lab!


Week 1


August 6         Two-hour day

August 7         Teacher in-service

August 8         First full day of classes; Overview of procedures and expectations

August 9         Overview of thesis handbook

August 10        Peer review of annotated bibliography


Week 2


August 13        Writing discussion; CDC introduction; ACLU video

August 14        Visit commonapp.org; Assign college essay

August 15/16  CDC in-class response; Résumé group work; Assign résumé  

August 17        Thesis due dates: CHECK THESIS HANDBOOK


Week 3*: Question for Consideration:


       1. What’s more egregious: violating a spiritual ethical code or a working/professional ethical code?


August 20                   Canterbury Tales (CT) introduction (see .pdf on right-hand side of this course page) 

August 21                    Canterbury Tales

August 22/23              Canterbury Tales; Peer review résumé (you will need a working copy of your resume)

August 24                   Canterbury Tales       


*Student/teacher conferences begin this week.  They are required.  Students will sign up for a 15-minute conference; the conferences will take place before/after school, lunch, and study hall.  Please click on this google sign up sheet to select a conference time:





Week 4: Questions for Consideration:


  1. What kind of authority should the government have, especially when it intervenes with the rights of citizens?
  2. MLK in “Letter from Birmingham Jail” argued against unjust laws and urged individuals to willing break unjust laws because unjust laws contradicted higher moral values. And yet Machiavelli argues against moral values, saying “men are so simple of mind and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find who are ready to be deceived.”  In today’s society, whose philosophy seems to predominate?

August 27                   Canterbury Tales

August 28                   Revised résumé due via Turnitin.com at 11:59 p.m.; Canterbury Tales test!!!

August 29/30             Machiavelli; peer review college essay (you will need a working copy of your essay)

August 31                    Machiavelli; College essay due via Turnitin.com at 11:59 p.m.        


Week 5: Questions for Consideration:


  1. Thoreau argued “that government is best which governs not at all.” However, why and how are we, as a nation, not prepared for a government that “governs not at all”?
  2. Do the needs of the many really outweigh the needs of the few?

September 3               Labor Day

September 4               Thesis due dates: CHECK THESIS HANDBOOK; John Locke

September 5               John Locke

September 6               Le Guin

September 7               Orwell


Week 6*: Questions for Consideration:


  1. Can individuals change a society?
  2. What are the dangers of a government-controlled media?
  3. Can changing language change thought?

September 10             Ethics essay assigned; Thesis workday

September 11              Machiavelli-Orwell test

September 12              1984 introduction; http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/index.html

September 13              Early Dismissal

September 14             1984 Centers


Week 7: Questions for Consideration:


  1. Was Orwell correct when he said, “It is easier to think with poor English because the language is in decline. And as the language declines, "foolish" thoughts become even easier, reinforcing the original cause”?
  2. When considering our current political climate, did Orwell accurately predict that “Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
  3. Is reading 1984 more like looking in a mirror than reading fiction?

September 17              The Spy (see right-hand side of course page)

September 18             1984; Thesis due date: CHECK THESIS HANDBOOK*; IRB process initiated

September 19/20       1984; Ethics peer review

September 21              1984


* As you read 1984 in class, thesis mini-conferences will be held concerning the outline and the next major assignment due in October. 


Week 8: Questions for Consideration:


  1. What is power, and how is it gained, used, or abused?
  2. Why do some individuals take a stand against oppression while others choose to participate in it?

September 24             1984

September 25             1984

September 26             1984

September 27             Ethics final essay due; End of the Nine Weeks








1st through 4th Quarter Grading Categories:
Thesis: 15%
Daily Homework and Classwork: 15%
Essays/Projects/Tests: 70%
For grading policies (including grades for late work) see Syllabus.
Listen to the Prologue of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English: