17 November 2009|
English II Syllabus
I. Course Description
The primary purpose of this course is to develop the student’s cognitive thinking skills and communicative abilities as a listener, reader, writer, and speaker while introducing the student to the finest quality of literature from around the world in a carefully balanced mix of classic and contemporary selections. A comprehensive study of grammar and composition will also be approached. This blend of grammar, writing, and communication instruction creates a program that teaches students how to use language and why it is important.
II. Textbooks and Resources
1. Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Platinum Level, Prentice Hall, 2005.
2. Language Network, McDougal Littell, 2001.
*To master basic cognitive thinking skills when listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
*To improve communicative skills in order to succeed in a global society.
*To demonstrate a knowledge of the writing process: researching, organizing, writing, rewriting, and referencing.
*To improve vocabulary size and accuracy.
*To become familiar with classic and contemporary literary selections.
*To become familiar with and be able to recognize literary elements.
*To develop and enhance key grammar and writing skills.
IV. Class Rules
*All students must be in their seats before the bell has finished ringing.
*All students must bring the following items to class each day:
1. Pencil or blue or black ink pen
3. Writing paper
*No student is to have opened food or drink in the classroom.
*No gum or candy is to be chewed or eaten during class.
*All basic school rules apply as set forth in the school handbook.
V. Grading Policy
A 92%-100% C 72%-77%
A- 90%-91% C- 70%-71%
B+ 88%-89% D+ 68%-69%
B 82%-87% D 62%-67%
B- 80%-81% D- 60%-61%
C+ 78%-79% F 0%-59%
LATE & INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS
Late assignments will receive NO CREDIT, except in the case of an excused absence. In most cases, students will be asked to complete and turn in unexcused late assignments, even though a score will not be given. Incomplete assignments also receive no credit. Each quarter, the assignment that is most detrimental to a student’s grade will be dropped. This does not apply to tests, quizzes, projects or reports.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS DUE TO ABSENCE
Upon returning from an excused absence, students have one school day for every day absent to complete and turn in their work for full credit. Please notify the teacher in advance of preplanned absences. Students are responsible for obtaining and completing missed work due to absences, and a note or a phone call from a parent must be received in order for an absence to be excused.
English II grades are weighted as follows: 50% tests and quizzes; 50% assignments.
VII. Course Outline
For each unit or collection listed below, reading tasks will be assigned with response activities for each reading task. Quizzes will also be administered for most reading tasks. Each collection will end with a unit project and unit test. Each quarter a novel will be chosen by the teacher which corresponds with our current selections. Each student will be responsible for bringing this novel to class by the required dates for class study.
1. Unit 1 On The Edge
2. Unit 2 Striving for Success
3. Unit 3 Clashing Forces
4. Unit 4 Turning Points
5. Unit 5 Expanding Horizons
6. Unit 6 Short Stories
7. Unit 7 Nonfiction
8. Unit 8 Drama
9. Unit 9 Poetry
10. Unit 10 Epics and Legends