English II Course Overview

English II - sophomore English 

Nonfiction reading selections are also incorporated on a weekly and/or daily basis, and students will read a variety of current event articles and editorials, watch news reports, and view images for the purposes of summary and analysis.

Reading selections of World literature (short story, novel, poetry, drama) help students to identify how literature reflects a wide range of changes that our world has experienced from ancient times to the present. Honors will read novels from Europe and Africa

Students write essays and practice close reading.  They will focus on paragraph writing and expository modes of writing (narrative, definition, problem/solution). Formal essays and extended paragraphs on a variety of topics are graded and students are asked to revise them for higher grades. Studies show that revision is the most important aspect of writing, as we can all improve on a second (or third or fourth!) try.

Google Sites: Several short projects are completed on google sites.  These are research based projects that involve research, writing, and use of visual images.

Vocabulary study is incorporated in context, including writing original sentences using correct parts of speech.

Films are paired with literary units to create thematic connections 

Self-Selected reading: I encourage students to choose a particular book based on their interests.  We believe that this is the best way to create better readers and life-long readers. In Standard courses, students will self-select books and read for the first 20 minutes of class each day.  Honors students will read independently.