Course Syllabus

English II Honors Syllabus

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Course Overview and Expectations

In this course, students will carefully read and critically analyze works of world literature to provide a foundation for their education. Through these readings, students will learn how an author creates meaning and enjoyment for the reader. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as the elements of literature, such as tone, diction, symbolism, and imagery, used by the author.  Students will engage in class discussions and written responses throughout the semester.


  • Chromebook
  • Composition Notebook
  • Folder for Writing Portfolio
  • Things to write and highlight with
  • A brain that thinks original thoughts!!!

Canvas Navigation and Daily Breakdown

From the home page, you will navigate to the appropriate month and work from the calendar page for that month. Each day will contain an overview of activities and links to resources / assignments. I may plan out the week in advance, but please do not try to complete assignments early, as they may change or be dropped or moved depending on many, MANY factors. I will not be recording class every day, but I will try to record notes that we take in class in case we have several folks out.

Educational Philosophy

My goal is to help you grow your reading and writing skills. This means that you will frequently revise work to improve your grade. Critical feedback on your work is key in helping you improve your current skills. You may be frustrated that you will get feedback on your writing without a grade - this is intentional and will aid in your critical evaluation of your own writing. 

Grading Breakdown

As I said above, my focus is on your growth as a reader and writer, and as such, the weight of grades reflects this. 

Completion Grades = 10% of Term Average

Comprehension Grades = 20% of Term Average

Revision / Reflection Grades = 30% of Term Average

Published Works = 40% of Term Average

EOC Overview

This course has a state final exam. The EOC for English II consists of 60 questions. These include multiple choice, technology enhanced questions, and constructed response questions. 

Students officially have 150 minutes to complete the exam, but in reality, they have up to 4 full hours to take it. To prepare for this exam, we will do some EOC-style questions as part of daily drills, and we will work on constructed response writing throughout the semester. 

Units of Study & Anchor Texts

  1. Myth, Archetype, and the Epic Journey - Gilgamesh
  2. Civilization and Society - Oedipus and Antigone
  3. Relationships, Information and Motivation - Much Ado About Nothing
  4. The Survivor as Witness - Night
  5. Envisioning and Solving Problems - Fahrenheit 451
  6. Communicating Creatively - Poetry

Course Summary:

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