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English II Honors

Subject: English

Course Description:

Join us in English II to see how the human experience — real life, your life — is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, we explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as Laughter, Obstacles, Betrayal, Fear, and Transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

As in life, you have many choices in your English II course. You get to choose the order in which you complete the units. You also choose some of the works that you read, and you have countless choices when it comes to demonstrating what you have learned. Whether you are reading a poem or a novel, writing a story or an analysis, or studying a Shakespearean tragedy or a modern suspense film, you will be exploring what it means to be human, a subject on which you are already an expert!

Major Topics:

Segment 1 Laughter

  • Readings
    • Excerpt of Gullivers Travels, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Emperors New Clothes, and selected poems
  • Concepts
    • Humor devices
    • Free verse poetry
    • Limerick form
    • Irony
    • Satire
    • Humor in Drama
    • Misplaced modifiers
    • Vocabulary strategies
    • Greek and Latin roots
  • Skills
    • Writing a roast or toast
    • Conducting literary analysis
    • Creating or analyzing a modern satire
    • Hunting for humor in real life
  • Honors
    • Study and apply the sonnet form
Love and Loss
  • Readings
    • Selected poems, ''The Pomegranate Seeds,'' and ''Was It a Dream?''
  • Concepts
    • Figurative language
    • Poetic forms and devices
    • Elements of Fiction: plot, character, conflict, theme, setting, point of view
    • Tone
    • Mood
    • Diction
    • Connotation and denotation
    • Imagery
    • Syntax
    • Greek mythology
    • Allusion
    • Symbolism
    • Comma usage
    • Greek and Latin roots
  • Skills
    • Experiencing and analyzing poetry
    • Creating a work place document
    • Analyzing short stories
    • Writing a farewell and a eulogy
    • Delivering a speech: use of voice, eye contact, gestures, and tone to accomplish purpose
    • Correcting common punctuation errors
  • Honors
    • Analyze ''How Much Land Does a Man Need?'' by Leo Tolstoy
  • Readings
    • Selected poems, speeches, myths, and excerpts of Oedipus Rex and Cathleen Ni Houlihan
  • Concepts
    • Writing process
    • Prewriting strategies: webs, maps, outlines
    • Short answer and extended response writing
    • Peer editing
    • Essay revision
    • Overview of all modes of writing
    • Study of definition, cause and effect, and compare-contrast
    • Greek mythology
  • Skills
    • Conducting literary analysis
    • Analyzing theme in culture and society
    • Writing an effective thesis statement
    • Using writing strategies to create an effective draft
    • Drafting and revising an essay
    • Honors
      • Read, analyze, and create a project for Great Expectations or Anthem


    • Readings
      • Novel choice of Hiroshima, Of Mice and Men, or Enriques Journey
    • Concepts
      • Purpose and audience in writing
      • Historical context
      • Elements of Fiction: Conflict
      • Elements of Fiction: Character
      • Critical thinking and problem-solving
      • Parallel structure
    • Skills
      • Reading nonfiction and fiction
      • Developing a reading plan
      • Researching an authors life to understand context
      • Researching real-world problems that are relevant to literature
      • Creating a multi-media project to demonstrate knowledge and skills

    • Honors
      • Research a problem pertaining to the novel Enriques Journey and propose a solution
    Segment 2 Betrayal
    • Reading
      • Julius Caesar
    • Concepts
      • Historical context
      • Shakespearean language
      • Thematic analysis
      • Basic elements of persuasion
      • Compare and contrast
      • Pronoun Agreement
      • Commonly confused words: Lay or lie, I or me
    • Skills
      • Reading a play
      • Researching the life and times of Caesar and Brutus
      • Analyzing the role and nature of betrayal in life and in the play
      • Analyzing ethical dilemmas
      • Researching and writing to persuade a film director to accurately portray Brutus
      • Creating a podcast, paper, or other short project to compare and contrast characters persuasion
    • Honors
      • Read The Lay of the Were-wolf and write closing arguments defending a character
    • Concepts
      • Reflective writing
      • Writing process
      • Research skills
      • Research proposals
      • Characteristics of an effective claim
      • Appeals to logic, emotion, and ethics
      • Logical fallacies
      • Propaganda techniques
      • Ethical researching and writing practices
      • Plagiarism
      • Organizational patterns: Cause and Effect, Problem-Solution, and Exemplification
    • Skills
      • Creating a research project on the theme of power and/or oppression
      • Researching the problem with power
      • Using sources effectively and ethically
      • Creating a research proposal
      • Using an outline to organize research and ideas
      • Writing an abstract
      • Creatively presenting research
      • Revising to improve content and organization
      • Editing for the best draft possible
    • Honors
      • Persuasion and An Enemy of the People
    • Readings
      • The Premature Burial, excerpts of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Boarded Window, The Sniper, or Beware of the Dog, and suspense film clips
    • Concepts
      • Characteristics of nonfiction texts
      • Reading strategies for nonfiction texts
      • Theme
      • Paragraph development
      • Gothic literature
      • Suspense techniques
      • Gothic and suspense adapted to film
      • Genre of film critique
      • Characterization
      • Greek and Latin roots
    • Skills
      • Analyzing traits of Gothic literature in fiction
      • Writing creatively to create alternate twist endings
      • Analyzing suspense and film through film critique
      • Using phrases and fragments for effect
    • Honors
      • Literary theory and the Gothic novel, Rebecca
    • Readings
      • Excerpts of The Odyssey and novel choice of Chinese Cinderella, Copper Sun, Enders Game, Fallen Angels, Hoops, The Great Tree of Avalon, The Hot Zone, or Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • Concepts
      • Heros Journey
      • Literary analysis
      • Elements of Fiction
      • Characterization techniques
      • Reading strategies to improve comprehension, analysis, and evaluation
      • Apostrophe use
      • Correct word use
      • Vocabulary strategies
      • Greek and Latin roots
    • Skills
      • Writing a professional document on behalf of the character in your selected novel
      • Creating a map and writing directions for the characters journey
      • Analyzing the archetype of the heros journey in your novel
      • Analyzing an authors characterization techniques
      • Synthesizing novel study in a creative way
      • Discussing literature and making connections to life
    • Honors
      • Creatively write the ''Next Chapter'' of the heros journey in your selected novel

    Participation Requirements:

    Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, discussion-based assessments, and collaboration opportunities. Instructors evaluate progress and provide support through the variety of assessments and regular communication with the student.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 1001340
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Recommended: English I

Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks