English 2
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English 2

Room: N103

Instructor: Miss Chelsea Stelmachowicz
School Email Address: chelsea.stel@lhskc.com
School Number: 816-241-5478, ext. 4905

Course Summary: English II is an extension of English I in which the student will continue to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Literature includes novels, short stories, dramas, non-fiction and poetry. The focal point of study in this course is American Literature. Exposure to a wide array of genres, literary figures, and time periods will enrich learning experience and prepare students for future English courses. Students will examine both non-fiction and fiction texts written in America by Americans. We will examine the voice of the nation as it develops from early setters to modern day Americans.
 

Objectives: English II is designed to continue the development of reading and writing skills introduced in English I. This class will establish the foundation on which higher level English classes will build. It will also help students develop skills needed in other areas of academic study.

Goals: During the course, students will
1. Develop writing skills through daily journal exercises
2. Continue to develop reading capabilities
3. Identify, study, and compare literary techniques in works of American Lit.
4. Create different types of writing
5. Learn to produce logical and coherent writing
6. Demonstrate ability to properly credit outside sources when citing, researching and referencing
7. Develop an appreciation of different genres of literature
8. READ, comprehend and discuss works we study

Methods: The instructor will …
- Facilitate discussion
- Assign in-class writing prompts
- Write along with students and share strategies
- Give assignments to be worked on both in and out of class
- Be available for feedback, questions, concerns, and encouragement

Evaluation:
- Daily Homework – 35%
- Projects (first semester) – 20%
- Research Paper (second semester) – 20%
- Daily Participation – 15%
- Quizzes – 10%
- Tests – 20%


Policies:
- Late Work: Late work will have a negative impact on student grades. Due dates will be clearly communicated. Students not completing work by the due date will receive a reduction in score. Absences due to illness, emergency, etc. will be given additional time to complete assignments as determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Academic Honesty: Every student will be expected to produce his or her OWN work. Anyone caught plagiarizing or cheating will have a meeting with me to discuss the situation. Plagiarism can take many forms. Please ask any questions about citing works, websites, people, etc. to avoid this infraction.
- Extra Credit: I do not offer extra credit in this course. However, I do allow students to redo writing assignments to improve their work and possibly their grade on the given assignment.
- Electronics: The use of electronics is only permitted with direct permission from the instructor.

Required Materials:
- Adventures in American Literature (textbook)
Selected Books and Plays (always subject to change):
- The Scarlet Letter
- A Farewell to Arms
- Of Mice and Men
- Great Gatsby

- Selected plays by Eugene O’Neill

Daily Materials:
- A notebook for English II only
- Writing Utensils (pen or pencil)
- The course Textbook
- Book we are currently reading
- Any completed homework that is due

These items/subjects are subject to change
Unit 1 -The Beginning and Early Settlers
Unit 2 – Revolutionary Period
Unit 3 and 4 – Romanticism
- The Scarlet Letter
Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Dickinson
Unit 5 – The Civil War and shift to Realism
Unit 6 – Naturalism and Realism
Unit 7 – Modern Fiction
- A Farewell to Arms
- Great Gatsby

Research Paper due Second Semester
- Of Mice and Men
- Poetry
Modern Drama - Expressionism
- Eugene O’Neill Plays