English 2 Course Description

    Students will read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts with an emphasis on media literacy. Students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail using quality published pieces of literature as models. Students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize,and present ideas and information using the most effective format. Students listen critically and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas that are based on text evidence in conversations and in groups. Students will learn how to effectively use oral and written conventions in speaking and writing.

    Students will write clearly, correctly and effectively in various modes and discourses. They will also read selected fiction and nonfiction texts to analyze how an author uses literary techniques to achieve a particular purpose and address a particular audience. Students will use similar techniques in their own discourse as they write clear and convincing expository, reflective and argumentative compositions that introduce complex central ideas. Students will participate in special reading and writing projects to enrich their vocabulary, syntax, and awareness of key contemporary issues which shape our society and culture. Additional outside reading for this course will be required,including summer reading and analysis for which students will be held accountable on the first day of class.