ENGLISH II COURSE SYLLABUS
Teacher: Randy Nantz Email: Randy.Nantz@laurel.kyschools.us
Prerequisites: English I High School Credit(s): 1
Course Description: Students enrolled in English II will continue to increase and refine their communication, reading, and critical thinking skills. High school students are expected to plan, draft and complete written compositions on a regular basis. English II students will also read extensively in multiple genres from world literature such as reading selected stories, dramas, novels and poetry, non-fiction, and persuasive writing.
Objectives: Students will strengthen their abilities to read critically, write analytically and persuasively, and speak effectively. Students will learn how to use sources and document research correctly. Students will also sharpen their abilities to work both independently and collaboratively.
Materials Used (textbooks, software, magazines, etc.): English textbooks and real world texts, various writing models, various novels and plays from an approved reading list.
Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests:
Attendance Policy: Attendance is crucial to student success. This course will follow the attendance policies approved by the CFI and Laurel County Board of Education.
Supplies (to be supplied by the student):
Students must adhere to the following rules in class each day or be subject to the school’s discipline plan.
1. Be in seat on time.
2. Bring all needed materials.
3. Turn work in on time. It is also your responsibility to get and complete make up work.
4. Be respectful and attentive (i.e. no cell phones, no talking while others are presenting, etc)
Consequences: The following actions may be taken should a student fail to adhere to the rules in place.
Course Outline/Tentative Schedule/Major Assignments:
Unit 1: Can progress be made without conflict?
Short Stories – “Early Autumn” by Langston Hughes, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, “Like the Sun” by R.K. Narayan, “The Open Window” by Saki, “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket” by Jack Finney
Autobiography – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Writing – Journals, Narrative Essay, Persuasive Essay
Speaking – Career Choice Project, Group Discussions
Unit 2: What kind of knowledge will change our lives?
Nonfiction Readings –The Sun Parlor by Dorothy West, Keep Memory Alive by Elie Wiesel
Expository Nonfiction – The Statue That Didn’t Look Right, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Science Writing – How to Look at Nothing and How to Use Your Eyes by James Elkins
Speeches – “A Toast to the Oldest Inhabitant: The Weather of New England” by Mark Twain
Humorous Essay – “The Dog That Bit People” by James Thurber
Writing – Persuasive Essay
Speaking – Persuasive Speech
Unit 3: What is the true nature of humanity?
Novel – Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Writing – Literary analysis
Speaking – Novel project presentation
Unit 4: Does all communication serve a positive purpose?
Poetry Collection 1 – “I Am Offering This Poem” by Jimmy Baca, “Making a Fist” by Naomi Shihab Nye, “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop, “The Bridegroom” by Alexander Pushki
Poetry Collection 2 – “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, “My City” by James Weldon Johnson, “Once cannot ask loneliness” by Priest Jakuren
Poetry Collection 3 – “Pride” by Dahila Ravikovitch, “The Wind-tapped like a tired Man” by Emily Dickinson, “Glory” by Yusef Komunyakaa, “Metaphor” by Eve Merriam
Poetry Collection 4 – “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning, “Reapers” by Jean Toomer
Short Story – “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet, “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury
Memoir – The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
Writing – Poetry, Narrative, Expository Essay (510), Cause and Effect
Speaking – Paired Poetry Explication, Analysis of Media Messages