English II (1st, 2nd, 5th, & 7th)
English II curriculum builds on the expository writing skills developed in English I. Students use these writing skills to compose at least one narrative, one explanatory, and one persuasive full process paper. English II also continues the development of skills in the fundamentals of grammar and usage. Literature read and analyzed includes variety in both genre and author. The state required End of Course (EOC) exam is administered upon successful completion of this course.
Honors English II (4th)
Honors English II adds a greater depth and quantity of writing and literature to the sophomore curriculum and is intended for those students who seek greater academic challenge. They will show their depth of understanding and their logical reasoning skills through numerous analytical five-paragraph essays. Students enrolling in this course need to be self-motivated and independent. Students enrolling in this class should be proficient in the writing of the analytical five-paragraph essay as well as be fluent in the structure of the English language. The state required End of Course (EOC) exam is administered upon successful completion of this course.
Throughout each unit of study you will complete several formative assessments. These formatives are designed to teach you the skills needed to do your best on the unit assessments or summatives (exams, projects, papers, etc.). Formatives are worth 30% of your grade; summatives (tests, papers, or discussion, and presentations) are worth 60% of your grade. There will be a final exam at the end of first and second semester that will be worth 10% of your grade. While formatives do not have as large a weight on your grade, failing to complete them will certainly result in a lower grade on summative assessments, which are the majority of your total grade.
Communication is crucial to students' success this year in English II. I want to be as transparent and honest with all students about their progress and success in class. With that information I want students (and parents) to be able to contact me as quickly and easily as possible. I will do my very best to respond to all emails sent between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Emails or communication sent outside of those times will be responded to as quickly as possible within the next school day.
Students may also use the Google Hangouts feature in the Gmail Suite to send a quick message. I encourage students and parents to reach out with any questions, concerns, and/or comments! I look forward to talking with all of you!