English II Course Overview

We will be following the school schedule for virtual days, Monday-Friday. The class is using Google Sites for assignments.  Parents may join the class Google Site as a guest to help keep students on track.  Contact me by email (emily.gill@bcsemail.org) if you need the class code.

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. 

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.

Interactive notebooks: Students work includes reading, paragraph writing, grammar, and note-taking and annotation skills.

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

Films are paired with literary units to show similarities between the themes of the literature and movie genre.

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.