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Course Materials:
No textbooks are required for this course. However, you will need to obtain a movie for Unit 3. The materials for Units 1, 2, and 4 are included in the course.

For Unit 3, you will choose one of two paths (tragedy or comedy) to pursue in your study of one of Shakespeare’s plays. You will need to acquire one of the following movies in a format that will allow you to view it multiple times during the course of completing the unit:

  • Hamlet (1990); Rating: PG; Director: Franco Zeffirelli; Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates


  • Hamlet (2009); Rating: PG; Director: Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company; Starring: David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie



  • Much Ado about Nothing (1993) Rating: PG-13; Director: Kenneth Branagh; **Starring:** Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves

Course Description English 4, Semester 1 consists of four units that explore human motivation throughout several centuries of representational British literature, culminating in a fifth unit that invites students to explore their own motivation. The pieces in this course range from the earliest known works in the English language to a 20th century novel. As students engage with the required literature, they will contemplate this question: What motivates humanity?

Characteristics evident in the literary genres of the epic, the short story, the comedy, the tragedy, and the novel will be analyzed and evaluated, along with the motivations of the characters and authors. In addition to these literary works, students will also analyze and evaluate contemporary film approaches to the works of Shakespeare, as well as contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and media. Interaction with these works of literature will enable the student to understand the development of the English language and literature, to appreciate the unique perspective of an author, to make connections among universal themes presented in works of fiction as revealed by the underlying motivations and behaviors of the characters, and to communicate effectively in various forms of writing.

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