English II

Page Mayhew

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Course Description:
Sophomore English is a required course that uses classical and contemporary World Literature as a focus for a variety of writing assignments. The class will look at a range of literature from drama and poetry to short stories and novels.  Interpretation, grammar, punctuation, and spelling will be studied primarily through writing activities and class discussion. Students will continue to increase critical reading, writing and thinking skills through substantive, complex works of fiction and nonfiction. English II is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Students will examine pieces of literature in a cultural context to appreciate the diversity and complexity of world issues and to connect global ideas to their own experiences. The English II course will help develop students’ ability to critically read, think, research, discuss, and write about literature and the world they live in. Students will explore language for expressive, explanatory, critical, argumentative and literary purposes. In addition to literature study, students will:

  • Critically interpret and evaluate experiences, literature, language, and ideas.
  • Use standard grammatical conventions and select features of language appropriate to purpose, audience and context of the work.
  • Develop analytical and interpretative skills.
  • Think and speak critically and persuasively in a variety of situations.
  • Participate in group discussions and projects.
  • Gain literal and interpretive information through viewing.
  • Prepare for the 10th Grade English EOI test.