Giaimo, Denise

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English II Academic    ***   English II Honors

Course Description:

English II is a five-credit survey college preparatory course that covers the American Tradition in Literature chronologically. Students will read, analyze, respond to, and discuss topics in American Literature. During this time, students will continue to develop their writing skills and their use of the writing process.  Also included will be vocabulary study related to literature and SAT Prep. All work is aligned to national Common Core reading, writing, speaking & listening, and language standards.

Some of the literature we will cover this year include:

Of Mice and Men
The Crucible

The Catcher in the Rye
Julius Caesar

English class grades will be evaluated in the following manner:
1. Tests                                 20%
2. Written Assignments     30%
3. Classwork/HW               10%
4.Quizzes                             15%
5. Projects                           25%

At the end of grade 10, students will                

  • formulate (with minimal teacher guidance) a clear thesis statement independently, provide relevant support, and draw a logical conclusion
  • compose analytical expository essays containing paragraphs with clear topic sentences, logical order of ideas, and effective transitions
  • demonstrate use of textual references as support with clear explanation of how and why the reference is significant in analytical writing
  • integrate quoted material into the writer's text
  • write cogent essays that address characterization, symbol, theme, and tone
  • analyze short passages in context of the entire work
  • analyze character throughout a work
  • balance citation with interpretation effectively

Composition Goals:

  • Analyze and revise writing to improve coherence, sentence variety, style and word choice.  
  • Focus on identifying the author’s subtlety of meaning, use of literary elements, voice, and awareness of audience.

Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Goals:

  • Apply standards of English in writing by using correct s/v and pn/antecedent agreement; correct case of pronouns; correct forms and tenses of verbs; placing modifiers correctly; avoiding ambiguous, general, or weak pronoun references; demonstrating a well-developed knowledge of English syntax; subordinating and coordinating ideas correctly; using transitions for coherence; excluding extraneous details, repetitious ideas and inconsistencies