English II Honors Course Outline
As this course concerns putting literature in the larger context of many different cultures and their traditions, we have a few questions we must ask ourselves:
- What are “world” issues? Are these issues the same as American issues? Why (not)?
- What do people from vastly different areas of the earth share?
- What is culture and who and/or what define(s) it?
- Are there universal themes in literature?
- Should we need to look outside the US for answers? Why (not)?
- How does a sentiment expressed in literature fit into a certain cultural tradition and people?
… and many more
However, we must remember that the goal of this course is to make sure you are able to interact with many different literary forms while thinking, talking, and writing about them in a way that shows an understanding greater than “I think this because I do” or “This is wrong because we don’t do that here.”
Late Work Policy:
See Student Handbook 2019-2020, page 7 for the school-wide policy. Late work may not be turned in without a Late Work Form filled out and stapled to the front of the assignment.
This classroom will have five basic rules; however, all derivatives of those rules should be adhered to, as well.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (Covey)
- We will not interrupt when another person is speaking.
- We will respect (meaning try to understand and engage effectively with) all opinions, save those that disallow someone’s right to exist in this classroom and this world.
- Come to class prepared (having done all appropriate pre-work).
- If there is any problem, we will go to the teacher and explain (either in-person or in an e-mail) what it is to come to a solution.
The goal of a consequence is not to punish, but rather to equip students to better deal with problems. It is the goal of these consequences that the student and teacher can solve the problems together without having to move up to more significant trouble. The consequences for breaking the aforementioned rules are as follows, moving up in severity**:
- Warning by the teacher (up to two): the teacher will specifically ask the student to stop whatever rule-breaking action s/he is committing
- Student-Teacher conference: the teacher will meet with the student outside of class to discuss a solution to the issue. Failure to attend this meeting will result in a move to Consequence 4 and 5.
- Behavior Essay: the student will spend extra time writing an essay (based upon material provided by the teacher, which must be read in its entirety) that seeks to explain the behavior and its negative consequences to the student, his/her fellow students, the teacher, the administration, and the country at large.
- Parent/Guardian-Teacher or Parent/Guardian-Teacher-Student Conference: the parents/guardians of the student will meet with the teacher (along with the student if desired) to discuss the issue and a plan of action for remediation.
- Administrative Referral: the student will be sent to administration to discuss remediation.
**Depending on the issue, the teacher reserves the right to move a student to any of these levels at any given time.
As per English Department standards, the grading breakdown is as follows (based on 100 pt. scale):
Major Assignments (tests, projects): 50%
Minor Assignments (quizzes): 35%
Daily Assignments (classwork, homework): 15%
For this course, you will need the following:
- One one-subject notebook or composition book
- Two pens or differing colors (i.e., one black and one blue) OR a pencil and a pen
- Optionally: a folder in which to store papers for review and grades
In order to contact me, you may either email me or use my school phone number:
Phone: (919) 718-2400 ext. 2143