Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: English 2

Instructor: Mrs. Kwietniewski            Contact Time: 9:42-10:23 or 1:12-1:53         Phone Ext: 1306


Grading Policy
Quarterly grades will be based on tests, quizzes, essays, homework, class work and participation.
Tests, essays and quizzes will be worth more percentage points than homework or class work. All assignments must be completed on time or students will not receive credit. Students will take an exit exam in June that reflects the course content.



Homework Policy
Homework will be due on specified days. Any missed assignments due to illness must be made up as soon as the student returns to school.



Test Policy
Tests will be given at the conclusion of a unit or upon completion of a novel. Test dates will be announced well in advance. Tests are a way to measure what was learned and they show if students can demonstrate effectively what they have learned. Anyone who misses a test will have an opportunity to make it up the next day.



Quiz Policy
Quizzes will be given every other week and will be announced or unannounced. They are meant as a way for me to measure how well students are understanding the material presented in class or read at home. Quizzes also must be made up the next day for any student who is absent.



One project will be assigned each marking period and must be completed by the deadline announced. Projects will be weighted like tests so they should be taken very seriously.



Course Outline
English 2 involves reading for understanding and information, analytical and creative writing, and vocabulary development. We will be using a combination of the textbook and selected novels to learn how to analyze literature, to become critical thinkers and to become effective writers. Students will be expected to read outside of class and to complete book reports as they are assigned. Ultimately, English 2 will prepare students to be successful on the Comprehensive English Exam given in English 3.
English II Course Outline 2010-2011
Textbook for class is called Language of Literature. All works will come from this text unless we are reading a novel.
Fall Semester
First Quarter

Essential Questions: What is culture and how
does it shape our identity? How does the
author’s perspective reveal the attitudes and
understandings of a culture or society?
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker pp. 504-512
“In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” by Alice Walker pp.523-526
“Marriage is a Private Affair” by Chinua Achebe pp. 189-196
“Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan pp. 184-186
“Love Must Not be Forgotten” by Zhang Jie pp. 197-208
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (This novel will be read in class)
Active and passive voice, auxiliary verbs, demonstrative pronouns, verb forms, capitalization and abstract and concrete nouns.

Second Quarter

Essential Questions: What might ambition
drive men to do? How can playwrights use
characters’ language to manipulate events?
How do playwrights create irony?
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare pp. 689-793
“Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War is Kind” by Stephen Crane p. 548
“Two Friends” by Guy de Maupassant pp. 546-557
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Students must purchase this novel)

Double negative avoidance, prepositional phrases, appositives, modifiers (good and well), elliptical clauses, dependent clauses and parallel structure.

Spring Semester
Third Quarter

Essential Questions: Are people born heroes
or are heroes created by circumstance? What
makes someone a hero?
Excerpt from Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki pp.603-612
“And of Clay Are We Created” by Isabel Allende pp. 983-993
“Girl Trapped in Water for 55 hours dies Despite Rescue Attempts” by Julia Preston p. 998
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Students must purchase this novel)
Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (Students must purchase this novel)
Persuasive research report due at end of marking period
Types of sentences, clauses and phrases, adjective clauses, relative pronouns and adverbs, noun clauses, run-on sentences and fragments.
Fourth Quarter

Essential Questions: What tools do authors
use to craft engaging, vivid texts? How does
a poet use form to evoke meaning?
“Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare p. 234
“Sonnet 30” by Edna St. Vincent Millay p. 235
“the sonnet ballad” by Gwendolyn Brooks p. 578
“Poem at Thirty-Nine” by Alice Walker p. 516
“Piano” by D.H. Lawrence p. 229
“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden p. 230
Essential Questions: What effect will
technology have on the future? How might
the demands of society conflict with the
needs of the individual? Why would an
author use a metaphor to tell his story? How
do such literary devices impact the reader’s
“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale p.52
“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury pp. 71-81
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. pp. 20-26
“The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury pp. 95-100
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Novels will be read in class)
Participles and participial phrases, gerunds and gerund phrases. Reinforce literary techniques and elements.

Grading Policy
Quarterly grades will be based on tests, quizzes, essays, homework, class work and participation. All assignments must be completed on time or students will not receive credit. If you are absent, please see me in the morning for missed assignments.

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