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Standard Composition and Standard Survey of Literature
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Prerequisite:  English I
Level:  10th grade – Writing Intensive Course
Credits: 1.0

Course Description

The core of the sophomore English class is a focus on the different styles and elements of writing concise papers, combined with a study of British and American Literature.
Students should have previously mastered basic skills in grammar and will utilize those skills writing persuasive, narrative, and research papers, cumulating with a literary analysis.  Special emphasis will be given to building word choice and varying sentence structure.
Technology will be integrated into this classroom in several different aspects.  The students will learn to effectively research and present material from different resources.


After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze literature for theme, select themes and justify their choices
  • Interpret literary works
  • Respond to literature in a discussion and writing sample
  • Evaluate resources for validity
  • Communicate ideas through research projects and oral presentations
  • Write effectively in a variety of styles and structures
  • Apply knowledge of the writing process in a variety of written moods
  • Course Outline

  • Writing Workshop
  • Use writing process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
  • Evaluate word choices, phrases, sentence structure, and transitions
  • Masterfully write an informative paper, persuasive, academic research thesis, and several literary analysis
  • Apply basic grammar concepts to their writing
  • Write literary analysis on several subjects, including themes, motifs, character traits, etc. through the study of short stories
  • Create a thesis statement
  • Effectively voice an argument
  • Successfully support argument through a variety of sources
  • Appropriately cite sources and produce a works cited page
  • Poetry
  • Students will read variety of poems from Robert Frost, William Shakespeare and other poets
  • Identify and imitate the Shakespearean style of Sonnet prose
  • Identify and create haikus, tankas and didactic poetry
  • Know and apply different poetic terms

  • Evaluating Choices through the short story—“Dandelion Wine” Ray Bradbury, “Third Floor Flat” Agatha Christie, “Thirty-seven who saw Murder did not call the Police”, “Test”, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
  • Students will read a variety of short stories and discuss the importance of choices and with possible rewards and consequences
  • Read for comprehension
  • Identify foreshadowing events and predict outcomes
  • Critically analyze and express ideas related to characters, theme and environment in writing
  • The Novel—Night by Eli Wiesel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Explore and discuss important humane issues, including war, racism, censorship, government control, and personal relationships
  • Implement projects from writing process
  • Discuss importance of theme, symbolism, and motifs
  • Identify themes, symbolism, motifs, and foreshadowing
  • Understand character traits and their importance to plot development
  • Teaching Methods

    English II is part lecture and part class discussion.  A workshop approach is utilized for teaching composition.  A successful writing process comes only from students taking an active part in their writing.  They will be asked to write, edit, peer edit, and write some more.  They will be responsible for the changes made in their writing material and for justifying why those changes were made.
    The understanding of literature is only improved by interaction with the opinions of others, so during literature units, class time relies very heavily upon student’s interactions and opinions.


  • Reading comprehension will be assessed through discussion and frequent quizzes
  • Students will be called upon in class randomly to offer their insight on subjects
  • Successful writing skills will be evaluated by the teacher as students adhere to the convention of written language as well as demonstrate the use of writing as a tool for communicating
  • Selected Resources

    Vocabulary Builder 
    School to Work     
    Great Source Education Group
    Painless Grammar 
       Rebecca Elliot
      Elie Wiesel
    To Kill a Mockingbird    
        Harper Lee
    Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury


    In addition to the requirements of this class, students will choose two novels per semester for leisure reading.

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