CP English II

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College Prep English II

5 Credits - 1 Year

Grade 10

Course Description

This course expands upon the skills introduced during the preceding school year.  Students will engage in various modes of writing with continued emphasis on exposition and style.  The basic format of this course will be a survey of major works in American literature.  Selections in fiction and non-fiction are principal components from which assignments evolve all directed toward enhancing students’ personal and academic development.  Skills are reinforced for the SATs  and other standardized tests. The completion of a research paper is a requirement of this course.


Students will:

1. Recognize the act and importance of listening:

a. as receiving meaningful communication

b. as a source of information, a stimulus to imagination, creativity and the expression of these

c. as a form of entertainment and a source of enjoyment

d. as an analytical operation of thinking in the listening process.   

2. Organize, prepare, and present a spoken presentation clearly and expressively.

3. Collaborate by sharing ideas, examples, and insights productively and respectfully in informal conversation/


4. Recognize that reading has many purposes and demonstrate an ability to choose an approach appropriate to

the text and purpose by:

a. recognizing that reading functions in their lives as a pleasurable activity as well as a means of developing

knowledge and insight

b. learning to approach reading as a search for meaning

c. developing the necessary reading skills, including building an adequate and appropriate vocabulary,

to comprehend material appearing in a variety of forms

d. learning to read accurately making valid inferences

e. learning to evaluate literature on the basis of personal response and literary quality.  

5. Experience and respond to print and non-print media through active engagement with appropriate methods of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.

6. Use research skills to access, interpret, and apply information from a variety of print and non-print sources by:

a. gathering information through the effective interpretive use of print and non-print media

b. comparing information available in print and non-print form while researching a given topic

c. analyzing the effects of a given medium upon information gathered as part of the research of a given

topic, including the particular biases of each source

d.   exploring diverse print, non-print, and technological forms of communication and the means by which

these influence people

e. applying appropriate research forms for documentation.

7. Compose a variety of written responses for different purposes and audiences by:

a. using appropriate prewriting strategies

b. using a variety of modes of discourse:  narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive/argumentative, and poetic.

c. selecting an appropriate mode for a given writing situation

d. selecting an approach appropriate for the written message to be communicated

e. identifying and addressing appropriately a variety of audiences

f. writing for a variety of purposes

g. using an appropriate form for a writing situation

h. revising one’s own and another’s written text for content and organization

i. editing one’s own and another’s written text for grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics that

demonstrate standard English, as appropriate

j. producing a written product that effectively communicates the writer’s intent

k. developing and enhancing vocabulary through writing

l. developing essential strategies for increasing vocabulary

m. recognizing the effects of word meaning on perception and behavior.

8. Use a variety of technologies as a tool for learning.

9. Use their language arts skills for decision making, negotiating, and problem solving.

10. Develop a better understanding of themselves, of others, and of the world through language and literature.

11. Read and respond to a broad range of literature by:

a. recognizing various types of literature

b. recognizing elements of literature: plot,  characterization, setting, theme, point of view, style, mood,

                           tone, and figurative language

c. developing and enhancing vocabulary through literature

d. developing essential strategies for increasing and enriching vocabulary

e. recognizing the effects of word meanings on perception and behavior

f. gaining literal information and making inferences from literature

g. reading and responding to literature critically

h. recognizing and responding to the commonality of literary forms throughout literature

I. recognizing recurring themes in literature

j. reading and recognizing major literary sources and literary movements

  1.      experiencing and responding to the influences of various cultures on thought, language, and literature.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to:

1. Maintain a high level of participation and preparation, and bring necessary supplies to class daily.

2. Attend class regularly and punctually.  Class participation affects weekly grades.

3. Complete all assignments in accordance with teachers’ directions.

4. Accomplish successfully all graded work such as unit tests, quizzes, reports, and all class projects.

5. Demonstrate a cooperative attitude, and contribute to the learning processes of the class.

Evaluation Procedures:

Marking period grades will be determined by:

Writing (formal and informal) 35%

Tests 25%

Quizzes 20%

Classwork/Homework               20%