English II Honors Course Outline and expectations

English II Honors
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.

Unit 1- Introduction to the class and to remote learning
Getting to know each other
Course expectations- Honors is a pre-ap course!
Summer Reading assessment
How to use the tools for this class
Reading strategies for active reading
Writing expectations

Unit 2- “The Individual and the quest”
Essential Question: Does society encourage or discourage individualism?

Federigo’s Falcon”- Giovanni Boccaccio
Cyrano de Bergerac- Edmond Rostand (-yes we will be reading this one out loud!  It’s a play!)https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1254/1254-h/1254-h.htm
from Don Quixote -Miguel Cervantes
 The Alchemist- Coelho

Cause and Effect essay

Unit 3- “The Perils of Indifference” 

 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)
No Ordinary Man: The true story behind the hotel, Paul Ruseseabagina (excerpts)
Introduction to Sophomore Portfolio
Diary entries for Holocaust person
“The Perils of Indifference” Essay

Unit 4- “The Ancient Thought”
Essential Question: What do ancient texts have to do with today?

from The Aeneid- Virgil
Excerpts from Julius Caesar- William Shakespeare
Non-fiction articles 
Oedipus the King - Sophocles
Outside reading- book of choice
Epic 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