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English II--Sophomore English
Room 124 - Period Not currently teaching

The course curriculum for English II consists of four strands or components: literature, writing, vocabulary, and grammar (usage and mechanics).  The literature strand consists of selected novels (semester 1) and poetry and drama (semester 2) plus additional supplemental reading.  The writing strand may include MLA-formatted literary analysis papers, descriptive writing, narrative with dialogue, and genre-based creative writing.  The vocabulary development strand is derived from literature texts.  The grammar strand emphasizes usage and mechanics.

Download Forster English II Complete Syllabus.pdf

Students will be able to:
  • Understand writer’s craft and rhetorical strategies in a variety of genres             
  • Write formally in different modes (analysis, synthesis, argument, narrative, poetry, drama) and use appropriate evidence, organization, and tone for that mode
  • Broaden vocabulary knowledge in the context of unit study
  • Identify how sentence-level grammar choices affect the power of writing
  • Undertake independent research to answer a question or solve a problem
  • Use MLA citation and create polished works cited lists/annotated bibliographies

Download English II Prose Common Core Standards Aligned Outcomes.pdf

Download English II Drama and Poetry Common Core Standards Aligned Outcomes.pdf

Grading Policy:

50% PROCESS (Informal work through which student is developing knowledge: reading quizzes, in-class projects, overnight assignments, rough drafts of major work, graded discussions…)    

50% PRODUCT (Formal work that ends unit study: analytical essays, vocabulary tests, personal essays, projects.  This type of work should reflect thoughtful development, editing, and revision.) 


1st semester literature may include:

Lord of the Flies--William Golding
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian--Sherman Alexie
All Quiet on the Western Front--Erich Maria Remarque
Things Fall Apart--Chinua Achebe
Chronicle of a Death Foretold--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In Cold Blood--Truman Capote
The Joy Luck Club--Amy Tan
American Born Chinese--Gene Luen Yang
Pride and Prejudice--Jane Austen

2nd semester poetry and prose may include:
The Odyssey--Home
Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhry
Selected poetry