ENGLISH II (COLLEGE PREP) WORLD LITERATURE
English II, a college preparatory course, is a year-long course that continues the development of basic skills in 1) reading;
2) writing; 3) written and oral English language conventions; and 4) listening and speaking, which were introduced in
English I. In this course, students will build vocabulary, read analytically, develop as critical researchers, and write
coherent multi-paragraph interpretive and persuasive essays. Literature selections represent authors from around the
world and various genres (novel, short story, drama, and poetry). Students will consider how literature shows us the
shared human experience as well as the many universal themes that connect us cross time, place, and culture.
Fall Semester Curriculum Spring Semester Curriculum
Greek and world mythology (including lessons in paradigm Shakespeare’s tragic play: Macbeth (including lessons on
and archetypes) the Elizabethan paradigm)
Greek drama: Oedipus (including lessons in the tragic and The novel: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (including
epic hero) extensive lessons in vocabulary building and in literary
Greek/Latin roots (vocabulary building) The memoir: Night, by Elie Wiesel (including lessons on the
Literary terms (including lessons on characterization; tone; Various short stories (continued from first semester)
mood; irony; point-of-view; etc. and on the concept of
“show not tell” for effective expository writing)
Short stories from around the world (including selections Continued practice on the interpretive essay
from Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Kate Chopin; Shirley
Jackson; and Toni Morrison)
The novel: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (including California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
lessons in dystopia and the anatomy of revolution) preparation and California Standards Testing (CST)
The persuasive and interpretive essay Continued practice on parts of speech and
Parts of speech and sentence/phrase types
PRIMARY COURSE TEXTBOOK: Prentice-Hall: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, World Masterpieces
SECONDARY COURSE TEXTBOOKS: Night (Elie Wiesel); Lord of the Flies (Willliam Golding); Fahrenheit 451 (Ray
Bradbury); and Macbeth (William Shakespeare).
NOTE: Textbooks are on loan to students. Students who fail to return textbooks or who return damaged or marked
books will be charged a fine. Students who wish to practice active reading strategies, such as underlining and making
notes in the margins, may purchase their own copy of the secondary textbooks (but are not required to do so).
REQUIRED FORMAL WRITING: Persuasive and interpretive essays as well as mini research papers following the Modern
Language Association (MLA) guidelines.
STUDENT OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the four literacy domains (reading, writing, listening
and speaking) that meets state adopted standards, which can be retrieved online from:
READING WRITING WRITTEN & ORAL ENGLISH LISTENING & SPEAKING
1.0: Word analysis, fluency, & 1.0: Writing Strategies 1.0: Written & Oral English 1.0: Listening & Speaking
Systematic Vocabulary Language Conventions Strategies
2.0: Reading Comprehension 2.0: Writing 2.0: Speaking Applications (Genres
(Focus on Informational Materials) Applications (Genres & and Their Characteristics)
3.0: Literary Response & Analysis
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING TEXTBOOK DAILY AND HOMEWORK WHEN ASSIGNED.
MATERIALS THAT WILL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS INCLUDE:
1) Agenda/Weekly-Homework-At-A-Glance (provided by teacher)
CLASS RULES (Dr. Z’s “Be’s”):
1. Be on time
2. Be attentive
3. Be prepared (go to your locker/bathroom before class!)
4. Be honest
5. Be respectful (no food—only bottled water permitted)
6. Be positive
7. Be resourceful (email me!)
8. Be careful: If your cell phone goes off or I catch you texting, you will lose your phone until 3:00.
CONSEQUENCES: Student misconduct will result in the consequences below:
1st Offense: Verbal warning from teacher
2nd Offense: Phone call home
3rd Offense: Meeting with teacher, administrator and/or counselor.
Serious infractions, such as academic dishonesty; destroying public property; theft; possession of and/or use of illegal
substances; furnishing or brandishing a weapon; using racial, sexual or religious epithets; threatening harm to oneself
and/or to others will be referred immediately to the administrative staff and school resource peace officer.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Any type of copying, cheating, or plagiarizing will not be tolerated. If you are cited with
academic dishonesty, no credit will be awarded for the assignment in question and your infraction will be referred to an
administrator. You are expected to give credit to all sources (including those you find online). Writing that is copied
from a book; website; magazine; newspaper; and/or others constitutes plagiarism, which is the theft of an idea or
On average, students can expect to spend an hour per night on homework. Homework assignments can take
the form of vocabulary exercises, reading, learning logs, journal writes, compositions, essays and preparing for
individual and/or group presentations/projects.
Students will know their homework assignments for the entire week on Monday (or Tuesday in the case of a
three-day weekend). On Mondays, the teacher will allow students 5 minutes at the beginning of the class to
write down the week’s homework assignments on the teacher-provided “Weekly Homework At-A-Glance”
handout. Students may also copy down this information in their agenda.
Homework is due the next day, unless otherwise stated by the teacher.
DISTRICT GRADING GUIDELINES AND SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES: In 1990, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District
adopted student grading guidelines so that the practices used within the District will have sufficient common criteria and
purpose to provide grades that accurately represent student performance. The success of a student grading plan is
dependent upon the cooperation, interest, and assumption of responsibilities by teachers, parents/guardians, and
The teacher’s responsibility is to assign grades based upon fair and consistent standards and to communicate these
practices to each student. Grades are to be determined by student performance on teacher-initiated assignments, tests,
homework, projects, and class participation. Students will be informed of progress periodically. Three types of grades
1) Grades that reflect cumulative academic progress
2) Citizenship grades and comments that describe personal behavior of the student in class and which are reported
separately from academic and work habit grades
3) Work habit grades that describe how a student organizes, conducts, and completes assignments, and which are
reported separately from academic and citizenship grades
The District Board of Trustees and staff members believe that students and parents/guardians should:
1) Understand the course expectations and grading practices, asking questions if needed
2) Stay informed of progress by contacting teachers and by accessing individuals AERIES ABI grades online
3) Understand how things are going at school by contacting the teacher it grades are not up to family standards
If a parent/guardian or student disagrees with a grade received, a review may be initiated by contacting the teacher. If
the matter is not resolved, the parents or student may then contact the principal/designee for further assistance.
GRADING GUIDELINES: Grades are weighted in this course.
CATEGORY WEIGHT(% of grade) GRADING SCALE
Tests & Quizzes 10% % Grade
Final Exam 20% 100-98 A+
Essays/Compositions 35% 97-91 A
Homework 10% 90 A-
Attendance & Participation ( includes attendance and 25% 89-88 B+
participation in daily activities, such as note-taking, 87-82 B
discussions and warm-ups) 81-80 B-
Month # of Days 79-78 C+
Sept . 19 77-72 C
Oct. 21 71-70 C-
Nov. 17 69-67 D+
Dec. 13 66-62 D
Jan. 14 61-60 D-
84 Total 59 and below F
Total # of Pts. for Attendance +168 (84 X 2)
GUIDELINES FOR ABSENCES AND MAKE-UP WORK:
1. Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class. If you are not in your seat, you will be marked absent.
Parents and students should regularly review student attendance through their AERIES ABI account online.
2. Absences must be cleared through the attendance office within 3 days or the absence because unexcused (or a
“cut”). Three cuts result in a loss of a unit (per district policy). Work missed due to an EXCUSED absence may be
made up. Students have as many days to do make up work as they were absent. Work missed due to an
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (or “cut”) may NOT be made up.
3. Students earn +2 points per day for class participation. Therefore, students who are absent for ANY reason
(excused or unexcused) lose daily points.
4. Students are expected to email the teacher if they know they will be absent due to an emergency; an invitation
to participate in athletic/scholarly contests and/or competitions; prolonged illness; or an excused personal
reason. Students/parents can pick up missed work in the attendance office or request it be sent through email.
5. Students who are habitually absent on the day of tests/quizzes or on days long-term projects or essays are due
will be required to conference with the teacher, administrator, and parent. Lost points on the assignment may
6. Students are responsible for reminding the teacher about their absences and for requesting make-up work.
These requests may be made through email as the teacher checks email daily.
1. Students earn +2 points per day for attendance. Students who are late will lose +1 point for each day they
arrive to class tardy.
2. Students who come to class tardy run the risk of being marked absent (since attendance is taken at the
beginning of the class). Students and parents are advised to review attendance records available through their
AERIES ABI account online to be sure that absences and tardies are accurately noted.
3. Every 3 tardies will result in the lowering of a student’s citizenship grade (from O ) (outstanding) to S
(satisfactory) to U (unsatisfactory)).
4. Students who are tardy 30 minutes or more will be marked absent per the administrative regulations of the
Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHSD).
NEED HELP?: Two decades of teaching experience have shown me that a variety of situations can cause students to fall
behind and/or feel frustrated in class. Among these situations is writer’s block, a demanding schedule, over-
involvement in an athletic program, and personal issues that arise. You are expected to ADVOCATE for yourself—please
talk to me at the first moment you begin to experience stress. Together we can work out a plan that will get you back
on track in my course and, if needed, your life Some proven strategies that work:
1) Email me
2) Sit next to motivated students (not your friends, as much as you like them!)
3) Sit in the front row
4) Come in at break and/or lunch for help and/or clarification on an assignment. If you need more time, we can
meet after school by appointment.
5) Copy down the weekly homework on Monday and plan ahead!
6) Get the phone numbers and email addresses of at least two other students in class
7) Know your learning style and which of the multiple intelligences with which you are gifted
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS: Students who are legally entitled to special accommodations and modifications are
encouraged to SELF ADVOCATE. While the teacher is aware of who these students are and of their particular needs,
these students are encouraged to self advocate in a respectful and private way.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (M.O.U.)
NAME (please print)_______________________________________________________________
I have read the syllabus for my English II class. I understand that if I have any questions about this class, I am to contact
the teacher immediately. I realize that I am responsible for communicating with the teacher about my grades and
attendance as well as about any assignments that vex and trouble me. I also acknowledge that with my
parent/guardian, I am entitled to an AERIES ABI online account, which will enable me to access formal records of my
grades and attendance. I can contact the front office for more information about my AERIES ABI account.
(Student Signature) (Date)
(Parent/Guardian Signature) (Date)