English II Course Overview

Virtual Days: 
I am available 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
The class is using Google Sites for assignments.  Parents may join the class Google Site.  Contact me by email (emily.gill@bcsemail.org) if you need the class code.

English II honors- sophomore English

ENG II honors Vocabulary Assignment.docx

Reading selections of World literature help students to identify how literature reflects a wide range of changes that our world has experienced from ancient times to the present. 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.

Students write essays and practice close reading in preparation for the state end of course test in which they use 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.

Interactive notebooks: Students work throughout class gathering materials for the notebook that relate to test skills. This includes reading, paragraph writing, grammar, and note-taking and annotation skills.

Vocabulary study is incorporated to encourage knowledge of a working bank of SAT ready words. Ten words per week are studied, including the use of graphic organizers and writing of original sentences. Memorization skills are taught, and students are encouraged to use the study skills which work best for them. There is a focus on parts of speech.

Films are paired with literary units to show similarities between the themes of the literature and movie genre. We often use films with subtitles, such as Aurevoir les Enfants.

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.