English II Course Outline and expectations

  • English II
    Course Outline
    Beth Hooper- Instructor

    In English II, students study literature from around the world.    Texts will be a mix of ancient and modern.  Each unit allows for a close study of historical and cultural context with an attempt to connect themes, motifs, and timeless concerns to our world today.  

    English II demands more writing than students did in English I.  Students will develop and practice skills needed to write in a variety of modes, including personal reflection, literary analysis, cause and effect, definition, and research/problem-solution.  In addition to these essays, students will also have “On Demand” writing to practice for the End of Course test and ACT.

    At the end of English II, students will have to take and pass the End of Course test.  This computerized test will count 25% of their grades.  This test assesses students to read and analyze literature on their grade level as well as write short constructed responses.

    No matter the mode of class (face to face or remote) our expectations don’t change.  Be sure to put forth your best effort.  A key goal of this course is to get all students reading and writing at a Career or College-Ready level.  

    Unit1- Weeks 1 and 2
    Getting to know each other
    How to use and navigate the tools and resources for this class
    Reading actively on your own (how to)
    Intro to writing expectations

     Unit 2- “The Individual and the quest”
    Weeks 3-6

    Quest stories (fiction and non-fiction)
    from Don Quixote -Miguel Cervantes- in Study Sync
     Novel  with one question quizzers- The Alchemist- Coelho- pdf
    Cause and Effect essay

    Unit 2- “The Perils of Indifference” 
    Weeks 7-12

     Literary analysis- examining style and voice (introduction to deconstruction and synthesis)
    Various non-fiction speeches, letters, essays (annotation, active reading)
    Memoir- Night, Elie Wiesel (in-class reading )https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0NXbEN0LoxHM2pQMmEyTExmVGM/view
    Introduction to Sophomore Portfolio
    Diary entries for Holocaust person
    “The Perils of Indifference” Essay

    Unit 3- “The Ancient Thought”
    Weeks 13-18

    Excerpts from Julius Caesar- William Shakespeare
    Non-fiction articles (speeches and US Primary Sources)
    Oedipus the King https://www.slps.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=22453&dataid=25126&FileName=Sophocles-Oedipus.pdf
    Tragic hero essay
    Research paper

    This list may not be all-inclusive.  Students may also read short texts from various cultures for EOC practice and for On-Demand writing drills.  

    In addition to the above students will do the following in class and for homework:
    Grammar review and practice (including spelling)
    Journals (in class)
    mini projects in class (some with presentations)
    EOC practice as well as a pretest and benchmark tests