English II

Welcome to English II! Recognizing both contextual (i.e. historical, biographical, cultural) and formalist (i.e. literary devices, techniques, elements) approaches to literature, English II requires a more informed and insightful discussion of literary craft. Through the study of craft, students make grammatical and stylistic choices in their writing in order to produce clarity, concision and cohesion ultimately leading to more purposeful, powerful, and elegant prose. In addition to analytical essays, students complete written and visual creative projects that provide another means of literary interpretation as well as self-expression.

Due 12/13: Butterflies Question

1. Butterflies–Based upon Chapter 9, craft one question for class discussion on Wednesday. While the question is born out of Chapter 9, it would be idea if its answer requires us to consider the novel at large. Be thoughtful here. Also, I will collect your copy of Butterflies in class on Wednesday to grade annotations for Chapters 1-9. Be sure to have it in class! You will get it back at the beginning of class on exam day.

2. Personal Narratives are due this Friday!

  • They should be 4-6 typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Single-spaced heading in the upper left corner (your name, English 1B, 12/15/17)
  • Be sure to include a title (Be creative…Do not use “My Personal Narrative”)
  • Page numbers in the lower right corner of each page.

3. Be sure you have posted your Butterflies paragraph to the class forum.

4. Reading over the break: Chapters 10 and 11 of Butterflies.

Due 12/12: Butterflies and Personal Narrative

1. Butterflies–Complete Chapter 9.

2. Personal Narratives are due 12/15 (4-6 double-spaced, typed pages). Again, I am available for office hours every day except Wednesday (available during lunch and after school). Please see this handout for added guidance/tips on writing a personal narrative. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rubric.

We will talk more about sharing expectations on Tuesday.

3. Class Forum–Post your paragraph as a response to this thread (scroll to the bottom of the thread). Post it as it was written in class. I am interested in hearing from a pairing that had some disparity in scoring. We will use your paragraph in class to “talk it out.” So, any volunteers? Shout out to Ebube and Anthony for volunteering their paragraphs!

4. The end is nigh! Any remaining grade issues must be addressed by Wednesday of next week. Also, any assignments marked missing will be converted to zeros at the end of the day on Wednesday unless they are cleared up before then. If you need help posting to the class forum, see me.

Due 12/11: Butterflies and Personal Narrative

1. Butterflies–Complete Chapter 9.

2. Personal Narratives are due 12/15 (4-6 double-spaced, typed pages). Again, I am available for office hours every day except Wednesday (available during lunch and after school). Please see this handout for added guidance/tips on writing a personal narrative. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rubric.

We will talk more about sharing expectations on Monday.

3. The end is nigh! Any remaining grade issues must be addressed by Wednesday of next week. Also, any assignments marked missing will be converted to zeros at the end of the day on Wednesday unless they are cleared up before then. If you need help posting to the class forum, see me.

Due 12/8: Butterflies and Personal Narrative

1. Butterflies–Read and annotate up to p. 185. Quiz on Thursday.

2. Personal Narrative–As soon as I am told of our exam day, I can tell you the due date for your narrative. At this point all I can tell you is that it is due at the earliest on 12/14. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rubric below.

Due 12/7: Butterflies, Personal Narrative, and Class Forum

1. Butterflies–Read and annotate up to p. 185. Quiz on Thursday.

2. Personal Narrative–As soon as I am told of our exam day, I can tell you the due date for your narrative. At this point all I can tell you is that it is due at the earliest on 12/14. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rubric below.

3. Class Forum–Post your paragraph as a response to this thread (scroll to the bottom of the thread). Post it as it was written in class. I am interested in hearing from a pairing that had some disparity in scoring. We will use your paragraph in class to “talk it out.” So, any volunteers?