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					English II                                                                       Lukowski, 2010-2011

Instructor: Ms. Laura A. Lukowski                                              Phone: 314-415-5925
Classroom: 937                                                E-mail: llukowski@parkwayschools.net

                                           ENGLISH II
                                          Course Syllabus

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One
   cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the
 marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this
             mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

Essential Questions.
How do external forces shape the individual?
To what degree does the individual shape society?

Course Description. The study of literature, composition, and oral communication skills forms the
basis of this course, which continues the work begun in English I. The skills of analysis and critical
reading are developed through poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Although some creative
writing is included, the major emphasis in composition is on techniques and organizational patterns
of exposition. Instruction in the writing of formal essays continues throughout the year. Special
attention is given to problems of usage and mechanics which persist in students’ oral and written
English. Improvement in vocabulary is stressed, as is independent reading. This course contains the
End of Course (EOC)assessment required by the State of Missouri.

Reading. In this course, we will read the following texts: (first semester) a short story unit, Of Mice
and Men, excerpts from The House on Mango Street, A Separate Peace; and (second semester)
MacBeth, Lord of the Flies, Life of Pi.

Writing. Although this is not a formal “composition” course, writing will be an integral part of the
course used to explore literary topics and develop students’ voices. Students will evaluate their own
strengths and areas of improvement as writers. Through writing they will express their opinions,
develop their capacity to think critically, and become careful, effective researchers. Second
semester will include a Research Paper unit. Vocabulary and grammar instruction will be a daily
part of the curriculum.

Materials. Pen, pencil, looseleaf paper, and binder with three (3) divider tabs to organize: journal
responses, notes, and writing/revision. A willingness to learn is also HIGHLY recommended.

Grading. Grades are based on students’ performance on the following: homework, quizzes, tests,
essays and research papers, revision of work, literary analysis, in-class assignments, class
participation, projects, individual and group presentations, and vocabulary. The grade will reflect
the total number of points earned. Since students can revise their work, extra credit is not available.

Grading Scale.         B+     87-89           C+      77-79          D+      67-69          F 59 or
A     93-100           B      83-86           C       73-76          D       63-66            below
A-    90-92            B-     80-82           C-      70-72          D-      60-62
English II                                                                       Lukowski, 2010-2011

Essays. Revision is an important and on-going part of the writing process, even for the most
famous of writers. I allow and encourage students to revise their essays. In order to submit a
revised essay, students must 1) meet with Ms. Lukowski to discuss their original essay, and 2) turn
in the revised essay by the revision due date. The better of the two scores will be recorded.

Attendance Policy. Each student’s presence is vital in order to fully develop skills and explore
concepts during class discussion. I expect students to be in their seats and ready to begin class
when the bell rings. As stated in the student handbook, the first tardy is a warning and the second is
a detention. See the student handbook for further specifics.

I understand there are times when extenuating circumstances make it impossible to attend class.
During such instances it is your responsibility to gather class notes from other students. It is also
your responsibility to meet with me and discuss anything you may have missed. I can frequently be
found in my classroom beginning at 7:30am before the school day begins and until 4:00pm. Please
do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with me or drop in.

Late Assignment Policy. Deadlines are important, in both school and life. All homework must be
turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. Late work will not be accepted unless prior
arrangements have been made. For essays and research papers, late papers will be accepted;
however, each class day late on an essay will result in a ten-point deduction.

Academic Integrity. The honest representation of student work is essential to a productive
learning experience. Academic integrity is a reflection of individual character. As stated in the
Student Handbook, “Cheating, whether inside or outside the classroom, does not show
responsibility on the part of the individual and, therefore, should not occur…Students, who permit
work to be used by others, as well as those who misrepresent the work of others as their own,
may be considered to be cheating” (3). Cheating will result in a zero for that assignment
(regardless of point value) and students’ parents/guardians and grade-level principal will be

Turn-it-in.com. Students will open an account and submit their essays to Turnitin.com. This
website is designed as a tool to ensure students properly give credit to others’ ideas and words.

Cell Phones and iPods. Technology is an incredible tool that should be utilized and integrated in
the classroom. However, cell phones and iPods often serve as distracters in the classroom. These
devices should NOT be seen once students walk through the classroom door. Any student using a
cell/iPod/etc. in class will be given one warning. If the device is seen again, Ms. Lukowski reserves
the right to take it away until the end of the school day. As stated in the Student Handbook, a
second offense results in a detention; a third offense results in an in-school suspension (14).

             The expectations to which I hold my students and myself can be summed up:
                                            1. Be respectful
                                          2. Be responsible
                                         3. Be ready to learn

                 Please do not hesitate to stop in with questions or seeking help.
        I want students to feel challenged but also comfortable and cared for in my class.
                    I look forward to a thoughtful and enjoyable year ahead!
English II                                                                                    Lukowski, 2010-2011

                Please keep the top portion of the Course Syllabus for future reference.


Academic Contract

Please show this syllabus to your parent/guardian. After reading, sign and return this page to Ms.
Lukowski. By signing this academic contract, each individual acknowledges that they have read,
understood, and agree to the course expectations outlined above.

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