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English II (American Literature) Course Syllabus 2014-2015


Ms. Lupo,


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.


Core Texts:


  • Marking Period 1: Catcher in the Rye
  • Marking Period 2: The Crucible, Julius Caesar
  • Marking Period 3: Huckleberry Finn
  • Marking Period 4: Of Mice and Men

Supplemental Texts:


  • A Separate Peace, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, assorted American short stories and poems


Textbooks: Prentice Hall The American Experience, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workbook E


Required Materials:


  • 3-ring binder
  • 3 sections: Vocabulary, Reading, Writing
  • Journal
  • White lined paper
  • Notecards (optional for vocabulary)
  • Pen and/or pencil


Writing Resources:


  • 30% Writing
  • 30% Tests and Projects
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 20% Homework and Classwork


PHS English Department Writing Map Guidelines:


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.


Required Writings:

  • Practice writing narrative prose, persuasive essays, poetry, journals, and responses to text.  
  • Focus on writing literary analysis and criticism, a personal essay, and a research paper.


Classroom procedures and expectations:


  1. Come to class prepared.  This means bringing your supplies every day (including a writing utensil).
  2. Be in your seat and prepared to work when the tardy bell rings.
  3. Upon arriving in the classroom, check the chalkboard for daily instructions.  Homework for the night is written on the board as well. It is your responsibility to write down your homework every day.
  4. Essay assignments must be typed.  There are computer facilities in the school for those who do not have access to a computer at home.
  5. Essay assignments must also be HANDED IN TO ME.  I will not accept emails, USBs or CDs (unless I have instructed that you submit electronically).
  6. Homework CANNOT be handed in late.  Projects and writing assignments may be handed in up to three days after the due date, but you will lose 10 points for every day it is not handed in.
  7. You are expected to maintain a well-kept notebook.  You should have all handouts included in your folder along with class notes.
  8. Absences are your responsibility and thus the work you missed while out.  Do not expect me to remind you to make up your work.
  9. For any test or quiz missed due to excused absence, you must come to me to talk about when you would like to retake it.  If you do not retake it by the end of the marking period, you will receive a zero.
  10. No sleeping allowed in class.  If you are finished with an activity, please raise your hand and let me know.  Then you may begin your English homework for the night or work on vocabulary.
  11. If you have a question, please RAISE YOUR HAND and wait to be called upon to ask it.
  12. Please respect your classmates and your teacher.  Do not talk while someone else is talking and do not interrupt another student or the teacher.
  13. If you have a problem, please talk to me whether it is about an assignment, a problem with a classmate, or a question or problem with something I am doing in class.  I am available before and after school and we can discuss the matter privately.
  14. If you would like help with an assignment, please schedule an appointment with me.
  15. All school rules apply; please review the student handbook for more information.  (  


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