COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND SYLLABUS
Sophomore Honors English 2 is a semester course designed to improve language arts skills at an
accelerated level. This course will fulfill district and state graduation requirements. Students will read
several works from different genres, including short stories, poetry, nonfiction, novels, and drama.
Students will also be expected to complete various writing tasks related to these works, including essays,
creative writing, research papers, presentations, and multimedia projects.
***NOTE: Students must drop by the end of the fourth week.
When the period begins, students are to write the agenda for the day. The agenda will contain all of the
day’s assignments. Agendas will be collected at the end of each grading period. You are responsible for
the agenda each day, whether or not you are present in class. If you are absent, be certain to obtain the
agenda from another student upon your return.
The absence and tardy policy of Arcadia High School will be followed at all times. Do not return to class
from an absence without a readmit. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain the agenda and
to complete make-up work. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. MAKE-UPS ARE
THROUGH ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENT ONLY. Make-up work must be submitted by the
Wednesday before the end of the grading period (as defined by progress report and report card due dates) in
which the absence occurs. An additional 25 points of extra credit may be completed throughout the
semester and must be negotiated with me prior to completion. I will occasionally suggest items for extra
credit, but you may create your own projects if you obtain prior permission from me.
Assignments will be given point credit. There will be a maximum of 1000 points of assignments given by
the end of the semester. Grades are determined by points earned (920+=A, 919-895=A-, 894-880=B+,
879-820=B, 819-795=B-, 794-780=C+, 779-720=C, 719-695=C-, 694-680=D+, 679-620=D, 619-595=D-,
594-=F). No late assignments will be accepted. Grades will not be rounded up (e.g., 895 points is a B+).
All requests for corrections to grade entries must be submitted by the end of the grading period in which the
assignment was given.
AUTHENTICITY OF WORK
You are required to do your own work for this course in compliance with the instructions given for each
assignment. To that end, all work listed in the syllabus must be in MLA format using first and last
name, MLA citation, including a complete bibliography, and be submitted to turnitin.com. I will
provide you with logon information for turnitin.com. Any possible violations of the cheating policy will be
fully investigated. Violations of the cheating policy may result in a drop from the English honors program.
The cheating policy of Arcadia High School (as listed in the student handbook) will be adhered to at all
FINAL AND OUTSIDE READING ASSIGNMENTS
A final exam/project and individual reading assignment will be given. Failure to complete the final on time
or in compliance with the directions will result in a final grade of a D or a Fail in the course. Also, failure
to complete or to follow the directions of the individual reading assignment will place you in danger of
failing. ANY incident of cheating or misrepresentation of your work on either the individual reading
assignments or the final project will result in a fail in the course.
Individual reading assignment: Students will read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte. Students will be tested on both novels via an objective test and a timed writing. The
tests for Great Expectations are March 10-11, 2011, and the tests for Jane Eyre are May 26-27, 2011.
Sophomore Honors English 2 Syllabus (subject to change):
***Note: All unit projects and take-home assignments must be typed and in MLA format or they
will not be accepted.
Unit 1: Poetry
Valentine Sonnet Project: Students will write a sonnet in the form of their choice for Valentine’s Day.
Sonnets are due at the beginning of Week 3.
Week 1—Introduction, writing sample, introductory poetry
Week 2—Sonnet structure—Italian, English 1, English 2 style sonnets
Week 3—Sonnet structure continued—modern adaptations of sonnet form
Unit 2: Drama
Project: In groups, students will complete the Othello project. Projects are due Week 9. See handout for
Dramaturgy presentations: In groups, students will present a 5-7 minute power point on a dramaturgy
subject relating to Othello. Dramaturgies will occur throughout the unit.
Week 4—Othello intro, Act I
Week 5—Othello Acts II and III, defend/challenge intro
Week 6—Othello Temptation Scene, Act III
Week 7—Othello, Act IV, Great Expectations tests
Week 8—Othello, Act V
Week 9—Othello project presentations, test
The Importance of Being Earnest scene presentations: In groups, students will prepare a scene from The
Importance of Being Earnest for presentation. Scenes must have props and costumes and demonstrate
rehearsal. Groups must also submit a promptbook for the presentation. Scene presentations will be
delivered during Week 12 and 13.
Week 10—The Importance of Being Earnest, Act I, defend/challenge 1
Week 11—The Importance of Being Earnest, Acts II and III
Week 12—DCQ 3, scene presentations
Week 13—Scene presentations/film/test
Unit 4: 19th Century Literature
Final Project: In groups, students will read one of the following works and prepare a presentation on it.
Presentations must be at least 40 minutes in length, and must have both audio and visual components.
Groups must also provide the class with a one-page handout of relevant information. Videos have a 10-
minute time limit. Presentations must include a biography of the author, a stylistic analysis of a passage
from the work, and a romantic analysis of the work. No visible notes will be permitted. Presentations will
be due during Weeks 18 and 19.
Candide by Voltaire
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)—this option is only available to those who did not read this novel for
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Les Miserables (abridged) by Victor Hugo
Essay 2: Students will write an essay tracing a theme throughout all of the works this semester including
outside reading. Essays are due Week 15.
Week 13—Romanticism intro, Dead Poets Society film, romantic poet presentations
Week 14—Wuthering Heights, part 1, DCQ essays due
Week 15—Wuthering Heights, part 2, clips
Week 16—Wuthering Heights, part 3
Week 17—Wuthering Heights, part 4, Jane Eyre tests
Week 18—Wuthering Heights film and test, packets due
Week 19—Final presentations
Students are expected to have mastery of the following skills. Students are required to demonstrate these
skills on each writing assignment.
1. Paragraph development: strong topic sentence, concrete details, quotation use, textual analysis, and
2. English grammar and mechanics
3. Thesis statement that covers topic of the essay
4. Essay structure, including introductions and conclusions
5. Reading: summary, characterization analysis, thematic analysis
6. Argumentative thesis statement and topic sentences
7. Quotation use and integration
8. Transitions between ideas and paragraphs
9. Symbolism analysis
10. Use of credible sources for research, including websites, books, and journals
11. Use and application of literary criticism, including archetypal, feminist, and Aristotelian analysis
12. Poetry analysis
13. MLA format and citation
14. Author purpose identification and analysis
15. Cause and effect
16. Passage analysis (diction, syntax, organization, details, tone)
18. Effective quotation use
Students will be introduced to and/or master
2. Romanticism, realism, and other philosophies related to works assigned
4. Refinement of author purpose
5. Presentation skills
6. Speaking skills
7. Timed writings
I understand and agree to comply with the requirements of Ms. Cordero’s Sophomore Honors
English 2 course as set forth in this syllabus. I also give permission for the student below to read all
literature associated with the course and to view the videos listed.
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