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English II College Prep


Ms. Kathleen Leo

English Teacher, Egg Harbor Township High School

609-653-0100 ext. 5403



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

-Martin Luther King Jr


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 sophomore year, a greater emphasis will be applied to literary analysis and process writing based upon the literary selections.  Completion of a research paper is also a requirement for this course. 


Course Outline

The following outline provides a summary of the literature 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.


Marking Period 1:

  • Summer Reading/ Writing on themes involving justice
  • Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Writing assignments will complement the drama


Marking Period 2:

  • Nonfiction: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” “What I See in Lincoln’s Eyes,” “Four Little Girls”
  • Poem: “Ballad of Birmingham”
  • Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Literary Analysis Paper- comparative textual analysis of theme

Marking Period 3:

  • Finish reading the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Writing: Literary Analysis paper based off of To Kill a Mockingbird


Marking Period 4:

  • Nonfiction: “Kaffir Boy”

Short Stories: “Catch the Moon,” “The Book of the Dead,” and “The Masque of the Red Death”

  • Poetry from the textbook

Grading Policy

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

Tests, Major Writing, Projects, Journals                                              45%

Quizzes (differentiated)                                                                       25%

Classwork, Homework, and Participation                                           30%


Course Materials

Materials used this year include, but are not limited to:

Glencoe Literature: The Reader’s Choice (the link to the online edition is on my website)

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird



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.



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. This will be reported to guidance as well. Keep your academic record clean!


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.