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English IV College Prep


Ms. Kathleen Leo

English Teacher, Egg Harbor Township High School

609-653-0100 ext. 5403



Course Description

The English II College Prep curriculum is genre/thematic based and within that framework students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary.  In the senior year, a greater emphasis will be applied to college preparation, literary analysis and process writing based upon the literary selections.  Completion of a research paper is also a requirement for this course. 



The following list refers to the major pieces to be studied this year.  Changes may occur and other pieces may be substituted or added.  Vocabulary, language, and writing skills will be ongoing throughout the four marking periods.  In addition, quarterly assessments will be administered towards the end of each marking period.


A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Beowulf by Geoffrey Chaucer

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


College essay, cover letter, resume, and a research paper will be a definite part of the writing requirements along with literary analysis essays.  Please check my website for all due dates of work assigned outside of class.




Grading Policy

Grades for this course are calculated using the scale below and is set by the district.

Tests, Major Writing, Projects, Journals                                               40%

Quizzes (differentiated)                                                                       20%

Classwork, Homework, and Participation                                           30%

Quarterly exams                                                                                  10%



Students are required to purchase and bring to class the following supplies:

  • One-subject notebook (either a marble composition book or spiral bound notebook)
  • Pencils and black or dark blue pens
  • Folder

Highly Suggested:

  • Three-ring binder
  • Five binder dividers with tabs
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Additional folders (1 per marking period)





Be Prompt:                Come to class on time and immediately begin working on the warm-up.  Self-directed work at the beginning of class is part of my graded expectations.

Be Prepared:             Bring a pen, pencil, notebook, and folder to every class.  Submit assignments when due.

Be Polite:                   Create an environment that is enjoyable and beneficial for everyone.  This requires open-mindedness, acceptance, patience, and appropriateness in speech and actions. Be mature and respectful of everyone in this room.

Be Attentive:              Pay attention, ask questions, and participate in the class.  Electronic devices are a distraction and not permitted in class.

Opening/Closing:    Full participation is required throughout the class period.  Warm-up materials including journals or handouts will be graded as well as tickets out the door.




Absent Work:

If a student misses class for any reason, the student is responsible for making up the missed assignment(s).  Please check the class website.  If a student is absent when an assignment previously given is due, the student is expected to have the assignment when she/he returns to class.  Speak with me before or after class about missed lessons and assignments.


Academic Integrity:

Academic dishonesty of any kind, which includes, but is not limited to plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, and copying will not be tolerated and will result in a zero on the assignment. 


Extra Help:

If a student is ever having trouble with an assignment or a concept, I encourage her/him to consult me.  I will be available during my office hours and after school by appointment.  The English Department also has a Tutoring Center available for students who desire extra help.