English IV Honors Syllabus

Welcome to English IV Honors(2020-2021) 

Leigh Ray/Room 314        leigh.ray@bcsemail.org        828-298-2500

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


This course will expose students to a broad variety of British literature and will work to enable the learner to appreciate more fully the complexities of the written word.  Becoming fluent, literate students also requires some attention to communication skills, and the course is designed to strengthen both written and oral communication.  Research will be a major component of the class. 


At Reynolds High School we adhere to a code of ethics which is crucial to your success inside and outside of the classroom.  There are three requirements which are referred to as RPI: Respect, Pride, Integrity


Cell Phones: The expectation for students who bring a cell phone to school is that they will drop the phone off in a designated area at the beginning of class and retrieve their phone at the end of class. Phones must not be visible during class and will need to be put on airplane mode before they are collected. This will ensure that there is enough broadband to support the one-to-one devices and will help prevent distractions. Students who do not comply with this expectation will have their phones taken and turned in to the office.


Attendance: Regular attendance is essential for success in all your classes. Five absences are allowed for each semester. A parent contact will be made for excessive absences. 


Grading Procedures: Grades are based on a weighted scale. The scale is as follows:

Major Grades (tests, projects, research)          40%                

Quizzes (Vocabulary, other)           35%

Classwork (journals, readings, etc.)          25%

Make-up Work:  Students are responsible for their own make-up work.

a.         Contact me for make-up work.

b.         Follow the guidelines in the student handbook regarding make-up work.


Late Work:   Late work may not receive full credit. Turning in work on time ensures timely feedback. It is imperative that work is turned in on time.  



  • black or blue pens or pencils
  • loose leaf notebook paper
  • One to one device

One to One Device: The one to one device will be used daily in class. It is very important that students bring the device charged and ready to use every day. Class assignments will be placed on the online classroom. 



Text: The Language of Literature McDougal Littell or Study Sync

  • Macbeth or A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare
  • Beowulf author unknown
  • The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  • Various poems, short stories, and nonfiction articles
  • Supplemental readings


Possible Supplemental Readings:

  • 1984 by Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Road by McCarthy


If you have any questions regarding the reading material and/or would like to request an alternative reading, please contact Doris Sellers, ACR Principal, at 298-2500.








Parent/ Guardian Information Sheet

It is very important that I have accurate up to date contact information, so I can keep parents and guardians informed on their student’s progress and behavior. If your contact information changes during the school year, please take a moment to update your information with the school or email me and I will forward the information to our data manager.

I would encourage every parent/ guardian to make use of the parent portal through PowerSchool. This information is located on the A. C. Reynolds home page or through this link: https://buncombe.powerschool.com/public/home.html


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