CP English II

Course Description/ Content Overview:

This course expands upon the skills introduced during the preceding school year.  Students engage in various modes of writing with continued emphasis on exposition and style. The course examines major works of American literature.  Selections in fiction and nonfiction are principle components from which assignments evolve. All are directed toward enhancing students’ academic and personal development. Students also focus on preparation for standardized tests (i.e., PSATS, SATS, PARCC) and must complete the entire research- paper process.

Course Resources:

  • Technologies:

  • Google Apps for Education (including Google Classroom)

  • Turnitin.com (used as an online essay platform)

  • Pearsonsuccessnet.com (online textbook)

  • Remind101.com (homework/assessment reminder software)

  • Kahoot, Quizlet, Study Stack and other study aid resources

  • Research Databases

  • Texts:

  • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience

  • Supplemental Novels (May include: A Mercy, A Separate Peace, Blue Highways, Catcher in the Rye, Classic Slave Narratives, Ethan Frome, Having Our Say, In Our Time, Our Town, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Color of Water, The Crucible, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, The Glass Menagerie, The Great Gatsby, The Red Badge of Courage, The Scarlet Letter, and The Sun Also Rises)

  • Supplemental Informational Texts/Current Events

  • Other: Grammar for Writing, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop, and additional supplemental texts may be added as per teacher

Grading Policy:








2 long

3 short

1 Narrative

1 Informational

1 Literary Analysis

1 every 3 weeks




1 Literary

1 Vocabulary

1 every 4 weeks




2 Vocab

2 Literature

1 every 3 weeks



Teacher prerogative

2-3 per week

  • LONG: Full essay / / SHORT: 2 paragraphs

Units of Study:

  • Summer Reading: Catcher In The Rye

  • A Growing Nation

  • Division, Reconciliation, and Expansion

  • Disillusion, Defiance, and Discontent

  • Prosperity and Protest

  • Vocabulary

  • Research Paper

  • High school level literature often explores sophisticated issues (i.e., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, sexual violence, and violence). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my supervisor, Dr. Ellis.

  • Texts may be added or omitted by the course instructor depending on the learning environment

Late Work:

All assignments must be handed in the date that they are due. If you are absent it is YOUR responsibility to check Google Classroom and find out what you have missed.  You will have the number of days you are absent to make up any missed work.

  • ONE day late- 20 point deduction

  • TWO days late- 30 point deduction

  • THREE days late- 50 point deduction

Work will not be accepted after three days late.

All quizzes/tests must be made up within one week, either before or after school.

Honor Code:

The requirement for students is to generate original work for all assignments.  Cheating on exams and assignments will not be tolerated.  In addition, plagiarism (using published material under one’s own name) will be severely handled as it involves a serious offense of intellectual property.

Classroom Rules/ Expectations:  

  • Come to class on time. Standing outside the door after the bell has rung will count as a tardy. Lateness will be addressed according to school policy.

  • Begin the start up activity immediately after the bell. Directions will be on the board. Please do not wait for me to remind you.  

  • All electronic devices must be put away during class.  Please do not try to use these items in class unless the teacher instructs you to do so.

  • No eating in class. Only water is allowed

  • High school level literature often explores sophisticated issues (i.e., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, sexual violence, and violence). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my supervisor, Dr. Ellis.


Classroom Materials:

Class preparation serves as a strong foundation for academic success.

Recommended Materials:

  • One 3 ring binder -with divider tabs (class notes, homework, assessments)

  • One 2-Pocket folder

  • One marble journal

  • Highlighters

  • Pack of Post its

Required Materials:

  • Pencils

  • Pens (black or blue please do not use other colors)

  • Book (text that is being read during the unit)

  • Notebook or Binder


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%