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Advanced English II Syllabus




Course objectives:

Students will prepare for a successful college experience in accordance with The New Jersey Common Core State Standards of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing for Language Arts and the Egg Harbor Township High School English II Curriculum.


Major Areas of Study:


Marking Period 1

   *Summer Reading (Student Choice of Novel from Collection)

   *Society and Race Unit

      "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison

      "Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall

      Spike Lee's "Four Little Girls" Documentary


Marking Period 2

   *Society and Morality Unit

      "I've Been To The Moutaintop" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      At The River I Stand (Documentary)

   *SAT Essay


Marking Period 3

   *Society and Class Unit

      To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      Heaven's Fall Film/Scottsboro Boys Case


Marking Period 4

   *Socity and Gender Unit

      Poetry: Haiku/Tanka, Sonnet, Creative Writing

      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare



English II Grading Procedures:

Assessments (tests, papers, quizzes, projects) 70%

Assignments (homework, classwork, participation) 30%

Materials Needed: 

  • 3 ring binder with filler paper (1 inch or 1 1⁄2 inch)

  • Journal (spiral bound notebook or composition notebook)

  • Pen (blue or black ink only), #2 pencil

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

  • Your focus and attention

Classroom Rules and Expectations:

  1. Be on time and prepared for class. Bring all materials with you each day.

  2. Use good manners and show respect to all teachers, students, and visitors in this classroom. Use appropriate language. Raise your hand and wait to be called on, and listen to one another. Only one person speaks at a time so we can all be heard and feel appreciated.

  3. Be attentive. Follow directions the first time they are given.

  4. Do your best work. Your successes in class and in life are directly correlated to your efforts.

  5. Keep your desk clear of all personal belongings not related to English Class, this includes book bags and purses, work for other classes, cell phones, iPods, etc**.


ALL school rules apply in this classroom. Consult your school handbook if you have any questions.


Consequences for Classroom Misconduct:

1. Verbal warning
2. Move Seat/Call Home
3. Administrative Detention

4. Removal from classroom

Classroom Procedures

  1. Enter the classroom quietly and only if a teacher is present. If no teacher is present, please wait outside the door.

  2. Come to class prepared and on time. Four latenesses without a pass to class will result in an Administrative Detention. If you are late, (with or without a pass), sign in on the late sheet.

  3. Place your cell phones in your designated pocket or away in your backpack and get the materials that you need for class before you sit at your desk.

  4. Find the Do Now on the board to see what we are doing in class. Begin working on the Do Now assignment and be in your seat when the bell rings. If you do not have your homework, fill out a missing assignment form.

  5. Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom. *The exception is during Block 1 if you have breakfast from the cafeteria.

  6. Throw away trash before or after class. Always walk it to the trashcan.

  7. Raise your hand to speak, ask a question, or to leave your seat unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.

  8. At the end of class, please wait to be dismissed. The bell does not dismiss you. Class will not be dismissed until everyone is in their seats.

  9. Clean up your desk and surrounding area before leaving the classroom. Push your chair in.

  10. Ask for permission to use the restroom before or after class, or during individual class work. Fill out your pass with the necessary information. If you do not have your pass, you may not leave the classroom. If it is an emergency, you are expected to see your VP before returning to class. Write your name on the sign-out board before you leave.



Cell Phones/iPods/Electronic devices

In accordance with the school’s BYOD policy, the teacher may allow the use of electronic devices for educational purposes. In general, these will not be used in this classroom. Students are expected to practice appropriate cell phone etiquette while in class. Each student will be assigned a classroom pocket where you are expected to keep your phone during class.

  1. You have the choice to put your phone on silent and keep it there for the period in order to avoid temptations.

  2. If you choose to keep your phone with you, and you are seen using it during instruction time or during classwork time, it will be put in the pocket for you, and you will be issued an Administrative referral.


PAACT (Participation, Application, Attitude, Cooperation, Teamwork)

Students will be given a weekly grade based on their performance in the above listed areas.


Absent Work
If a student misses class for any reason, the student is responsible for making up the missed assignment(s) and submitting them in a timely manner. Please check the class website and consult the appropriate class folder upon return. 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.


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.