English II

Students will gain valuable cultural insight as they read and write about works depicting the social, personal, religious, and political struggles and triumphs faced by people all over the world and all through history. Students will continue to build their literacy skills by engaging in active reading, composition, speaking and listening activities, vocabulary study, and focused research projects. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will continue to develop their understanding of effective communication, as well as gain a broader perspective of literature. 

  • Unit 1: Coming of Age: Students will examine works that reflect the universal theme of crossing the threshold into maturity, analyzing literary elements such as theme, motif, rhetoric, and archetypes, as well as the impact of author background and culture. 
  • Unit 2: The Struggle Against Injustice:Students will complete an analytical reading ofAnimal Farm, evaluating the powerful political message of the text, and the way the author utilizes methods such as characterization and allegory to communicate his purpose.
  • Unit 3: Fighting for Freedom:Students will read works that have been selected because they represent the struggle for freedom, covering different countries, cultures, centuries and genders, and will be introduced to the power of literary, religious, and philosophical traditions that influenced writer from other cultures. 
  • Unit 5: Perspectives in World Literature:Students will examine literature that offers a wide world perspective, includingNectar in a Sieve, varied poetry, and work by Gandhi; students will apply their analysis skills to explore elements such as themes, narrative structure, symbolism, and context, utilizing writing skills to compose well-structured arguments.
  • Unit 6: Cultural Context of Writing:Using culture as a context, students will focus on utilizing inference skills to analyze theme and author purpose, composing several written works that require reading comprehension, well-developed literary analysis, and strong research skills.
  • Unit 7: Things Fall Apart: Students will incorporate research and historical/cultural context in their exploration of the post-colonial South African novel,Things Fall Apart, progressing into an analysis of the rhetoric and logical of politically-charged literature and speeches of South Africa.
  • Unit 8: Tradition vs. Change:Students will encounter works that illuminate the theme of the conflict between tradition and change, focusing heavily on project-based work, including a speaking and listening project and an advanced research project that requires students to employ such skills as paraphrasing, proper citations, and determining credible research sources. 

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year