English II Syllabus

English II

     Your child is enrolled in my English II class this semester. English II is a multi-faceted course that covers critical reading strategies, grammar skills, and writing development.     

     We will write a great deal. Each student will create a writing portfolio. All students will be required to take the English II EOC. The EOC will comprise 20% of the student's final average. The EOC includes writing segments. 

     During the semester, your student will read a variety of texts from different cultures, time periods, and philosophies to help them grow into mature young adults who read, write, and think critically. Discussing the assigned reading selections with your student will help your student’s academic growth.


Daily Expectations for English II:

1.       Respect your teacher and fellow students.

2.       Be in your seat when the bell rings to avoid a tardy.

3.       Come to class prepared.

4.       Stay on task the entire period.

5.       Raise your hand and get permission if you need to leave your seat.

6.       Food and beverages are prohibited.

*In addition, CBA’s comprehensive discipline plan is always in effect. Please refer to the school handbook for details.


Materials Needed:

1 three ring binder

Notebook paper

Pencils and pens

Pencil Sharpener

Dividers (Optional)

Hole Punch (Optional)
1. 5 paragraph essays
2. Vocabulary Quizzes
3. Grammar Quizzes 
4. Reading Comprehension pop quizzes
5. Daily reading assignments for homework (Honors)
Classwork / Homework/ Participation 25%
Quizzes 25%
Tests/  Papers 50%
Classroom Policies:

     Student integrity is held to the highest standard. As stated in WCPS Board Policy 4310,“Cheating, including the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance or the plagiarizing, including the copying of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one’s own original work;” is prohibited and will result in no credit for the assignment.

     You are responsible for submitting your assignments on time. Turning in completed assignments is essential for students to get the practice they need to grow and reach their full potentials. If we work together, we can make it happen. If you know that you will be absent on the due date of an assignment, make arrangements to submit the assignment early. If you are absent on a due date for homework, be ready to submit the assignment the day you return to school. Late assignments will result in lower scores.

     School policy states, “A student is responsible for all work missed when absent from school. Immediately upon returning to school, a student must make arrangements within the next five (5) school days with each of his or her teachers to makeup all missed assignments and tests.”  Remember, it is your responsibility to make up missed work.  Students will take quizzes every Friday. If you are absent the day before a quiz, test, or essay due date, you are not excused from the assignment.

     Assigned seats will be given and will remain so until changed.


Course Goals and Description:

  • Students will cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what a text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Students will 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.
  • Students will analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text.
  • Students will determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings. Students will analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.
  • Students will analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it, and manipulate time create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
  • Students will 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.
  • Students will analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums.
  • Students will analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work.

     If you have any questions or concerns about the class, please feel free to email me (christinedavis@wcps.org). You may also make an appointment via email to meet with me during my planning period (Monday-Friday from 9:52 a.m. to 11:22 a.m.). I feel parents are important assets in the learning process. I am looking forward to an exciting semester!


Christine Davis
Room 205

As the parent or guardian of______________________________, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above letter. I will talk to my child about what he or she is reading in English class. If I decide not to allow my child to read a particular book or selection, I understand that an alternate selection will be assigned to my child for a grade. By signing below you indicate that you have read this syllabus and that you understand the rules and procedures for this class.

Parent Signature_____________________________________Date:____________

Student Signature_________________________________________Date: _____________

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