Honors English II

Welcome to Sophomore year Honors English II! This school year we are going to be doing a lot of reading, writing, and discussing. We will be building upon the skills you learned as Freshman and preparing you for your Junior year where you will take SAT. The Amboy School District is moving towards being more technology driven and in an effort to keep those goals alive, we are going to be using a lot of technology in the classroom. So bring your chromebooks everyday and make sure they are charged! Get ready for an awesome and exciting school year!!

Course Description:

This course is an integrated one in which literature is the focus. Students will study a variety of literary works: novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories. Within the study of literature, students will learn to write various modes of discourse. This will include writing analytical, reflective, and research-based essays. The study of grammatical conventions, vocabulary development and speaking are also an integral part of this course. Because this is an Honors level course, there will be higher expectations and students will need to be prepared for a more rigorous course load. Students should expect 20-30 minutes of homework each evening. One individual book review per quarter will be required. We will cover the following novels this year: Orwell’s Animal Farm, Rand’s Anthem, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Knowles' A Separate Peace, and some of Sophocles' work.

Classroom Participation:

Students will have an opportunity to earn 200 points based on classroom participation. In order to receive full credit or “A worthy” credit students will be graded based on the following:

  1. Participation in class discussion is essential to enrich learning in an English classroom.
  2. What this means is that you come to class PREPARED: having read materials and done written assignments prior to class starting.
  3. Class participation also means that you respectfully pay attention to your classmates as they add comments or ask questions.
  4. It also means that you ask questions and add comments/thoughts you had while reading.
  5. Making connections with the text. This could be sharing things that are similar to other novels (text-to-text comparisons) or making connections to life or the world around us (text-to-self comparisons).
  6. During class I will have a roster with me and will make notes as discussion is occurring and at the end of the quarter I will enter a grade out of 100. Then at the end of 2nd quarter I will enter the last 100 points for class participation. If at any time you are concerned about where your grade might be in this area, feel free to meet with me and we can discuss things you need to work on or if you are on the right track.

*****IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are earning less than a 70% in Honors English II, you will be asked to drop this class at semester. It is a disservice to you to keep you in a classroom environment that does not allow you to succeed or attain the highest grade you possibly can.