English II Course Syllabus

English Language Arts Standards » Reading:Literature » Grade 9-10

Key Ideas and Details

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Craft and Structure

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
  • (RL.9-10.8 not applicable to literature)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10
  • By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Bythe end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas,and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity bandindependently and proficiently.


English II

Mr. Edward Coggins

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome back to Charles B. Aycock High School! The curriculum for our department is based on the CommonCore Standards and is designed to prepare all students for success. Please refer to the table below for class information.



English II is based on world literature and cultural diversity. We will study Shakespeare plays, Greek Tragedies,  Holocaust literature, and various short stories and poetry over the course of the semester.  In addition, English II has a heavy focus on improving academic writing skills.


1. Two inch binder

2. Notebook paper

3. Pencils or pens

4. Dividers

5. Optional- Students may want to purchase their own copy of The Hunger Games.  Otherwise, the text will be projected as an eBook.  There are currently many copies on Amazon.com selling for a penny plus the shipping cost. 


1. Student will actively participate in class activities and will complete all assignments.

2. Students will respect one another and faculty members.

3. Students will be in the classroom when the bell rings.

4. Students will bring all their materials to class each day.

5. Students will take care of personal concerns prior to or after class.

6. Students will put trash in trash cans and return materials to their appropriate classroom locations.

Grading Scale

Classwork/Homework: 25%

Vocabulary Quizzes: 25%

Tests/Projects/Essays: 30%

Quizzes/Journals: 20%

Contact Information

The best way to contact me is through e-mail: edwardcoggins@wcps.org

To reach me by phone, please call the school at (919) 242-3400

If you would like to meet with me, please schedule a conference after school.

I am available to assist students with assignments after school upon request.


I expect the very best from each of my students, and I will give my best to ensure that your child receives a quality education while in my classroom. I look forward to teaching your child this semester, and together we will make this a very successful semester.




Edward Coggins

B.A. English UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A. Teaching UNC-Chapel Hill