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2011-2012 School Year

Summerlin Military Academy

English II/English II Honors Syllabus

Instructor: Major Harry E. Williams


Phone: 519-7504

Course Description: Students will learn to read, analyze, and write in response to the literature of selected short stories, novels, poetry, and plays; build vocabulary; review and develop the necessary skills to write an essay from an assigned topic [either expository or persuasive] as prescribed by the present FCAT standards through progress monitoring and in class writing; develop an understanding of grammar, usage, and mechanics; practice daily journal writing; and complete a paper of moderate length following the correct research skills and MLR format.

Objectives: Students will be able to:

   ◊   Identify and analyze the elements of fictions, non-fiction, and poetry

   ◊   Determine the author’s purpose and universal meaning in literary  works, 
            particularly, novels, plays, and epics.

   ◊   Write about literature with concern not only for content, but also for grammar, 
            style, and structure

   ◊   Identify, analyze, and use the elements of exposition and persuasion in written 

   ◊   Write effective bread and butter notes

Long-Term Assignments:

   ◊   Summer reading projects

   ◊   Vocabulary studied from within the content of literature

   ◊   Review of rules and exercises concerning capitalization and punctuation

   ◊   Review of parts of speech and exercises

   ◊   Full process research paper

   ◊   Preparation for the FCAT Writes

   ◊   Preparation for the FCAT Reading II

   ◊   Selected projects related to the literature being studied

   ◊   Oral presentations

Required Reading:

    Antigone by Sophocles

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding [honors]

    The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Williams Shakespeare

    Elements of Literature [text]: selected poems, short stories, plays