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English II Syllabus

English 10th

Mrs. Braswell

Salmon High School

Room 5


(208) 756-2415








Course Description

Literature, language, and composition are the vehicles we use to advance our skills in reading, writing, and speaking.  This year, through inquiry and project based learning, we will:

  • Explore world literature and how it reflects the common struggles of the human experience
  • Use literary analysis to help us discover the deeper meanings in our readings
  • ISAT preparation
  • Composition/Research writings
  • Outside reading projects

Enduring Understandings/Essential Questions

The human struggle transcends cultural, class, and generational boundaries.

o        What struggles exist in all groups?

o        What understandings about groups enhance relationships between the people in them?

  Belief systems affect relationships.

o        In what ways can beliefs based on perception change relationships?

An honest self-assessment enables a more accurate assessment of others.

o        How do people assess themselves?

o        What are the benefits of understanding yourself before assessing others?

   Race, religion, traditions, and socioeconomics impact the perception of a culture.

o        How/why do race, religion, traditions and socioeconomics impact the perception of a culture?

Humans struggle for a balance of power.

o        Why are there often conflicts between leaders and citizens?

The rise to power can take on various forms.

o        How does one rise to power?

o        How does one maintain power?

Leaders often deviate from original intentions.

o        Why do leaders deviate?

o        How do leaders deviate?

Citizens’ failure to take action may result in dire consequences.

o        What actions could citizens take in response to a corrupted government?

o        What happens when citizens fail to take action?

Imaginative Literature is designed to entertain using the human experience.

o        How does Imaginative Literature entertain the reader?

o        How does Imaginative Literature convey the human experience?

Imaginative Literature often teaches morals and values.

o        What morals and values are taught through Imaginative Literature?

o        Why do cultures turn to Imaginative Literature to teach morals and values?

o        How do fictional characters embody good and evil?

 Imaginative Literature reflects societal norms.

o        What societal norms are conveyed in Imaginative Literature?


Instructional Materials

Literature and the Language Arts—World Literature

Literature Network—Grammar Resource

Writer’s Inc.

Writing Smarter!

Class Novels—Touching Spirit Bear, Ender’s Game, Deadline, and Tuesdays with Morrie

Independent reading novels—(For quarterly outside reading projects)

^As we pursue our topic inquiry the common struggles of the human condition the subject of our reading becomes more mature than it was in the previous year. Characters deal with a variety of the difficulties associated with life and all its challenges.  Therefore, it is important to note that the language, in some cases, is indicative of that character and is not necessarily what we adhere to in our everyday lives. Ultimately, the study of literature enables the reader to experience, through fictional characters and settings, the opportunity to make meaningful connections with literature in relationship to one’s own life.



Unit Topic:

Common Struggles of the Human Experience


Conceptual Lens:

Humans and Nature

Cultural Perspectives


Imaginative Literature


o        Students are expected to read and respond to a variety of literature and nonfiction

(Standard 2, Goal 2.2: Acquire Skills to Comprehend Expository Text, and Goal 2.3:  Acquire Skills to Comprehend Literary Text)


o        Students are expected to use the writing process (Standard 3:  Writing Process) in order to write the following:

o        Narratives or short stories that describe the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of characters.  (10.LA.4.1.1)

o        Original creative works including prose and poetry.  (10.LA.4.1.2)

o        Expository essays. (10.LA.4.2.1)

o        A research report. (10.LA.4.2.2) (see Contents Standards and Skills Continuum for requirements)

o        Persuasive compositions that use specific rhetorical devices to support assertions. Responses to literature that demonstrate an  understanding of the significant ideas of literary works. (10.LA.4.3.1)

o        Responses to literature that demonstrate an understanding of literary elements such as plot, theme, characterization, tone, style, foreshadowing, and figurative language. (10.LA.4.4.1)

o        Responses to literature that demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of a variety of authors’ styles. (10.LA.4.4.2)

o        Responses to literature that demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of an author's style (9.LA.4.4.2)

o        Participation/work ethic; group work, journal writing, and bell activities

o        Maintaining a writer’s notebook

o        Essay writing/Multi-genre writing

o        Literary analysis

o        Projects

o        Various classroom assignments

o        Independent reading and outside reading projects (done outside of the classroom)




Points will be given for individual and group work.  Classroom PARTICIPATION will be a major influence on a student’s grade.  The total points you receive for your work will be divided by the total points possible.  The percentage you receive translates to a grade in the following manner:

            90-100% A

            80-89% B

            70-79% C

            60-69% D

            Below 59% F

Your grade at the end of the first quarter will be your grade at the beginning of the second quarter.

Other state required tests:

ü       ISAT tests in the fall and spring—must achieve a proficient score to graduate


1)         Homework is due at the beginning of class. 

2)         No late assignments will be accepted without a penalty imposed

****However, each student has an “extension” pass to allow him/her one late assignment per quarter with no penalties applied. In other words, the student has one week from the original assignment date to turn in his/her late assignment as long as the extension pass is stapled to the top of the assignment (this will be fully explained to the students upon receiving their pass for each quarter.)

Make-Up Work

            For excused absences only…one day for every day absent is allowed for completing make up work.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get any notes for a classmate, reschedule missed quizzes or tests, and collect needed make up assignments.








Behavioral Expectations

Come to class…

    • With a positive attitude~Ready to work, participate, and learn
    • Without put downs and negative humor
    • With all supplies and assignments ready to go
    • Dressed appropriately (see student handbook)
    • With an admit slip if you were absent
    • With your restroom needs SATISFIED!
    • Cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom [please keep it in your locker]


Consequences for Breaking the Rules:

      1. You will get one warning any for any of the above violations this will also include inappropriate behavior or disruptive behavior in the classroom.
      2. For your first offense, you will receive a 30-minute detention and Step 1.
      3. For your second offense, you will receive a 60-minute detention and Step 2-[parents will be notified].
      4. For your third offense, you will receive a 90-minute detention and Step 3.
      5. For your fourth offense, you will be expelled from the class.


J You may bring a bottle of water with a lid to class, however no other beverages will be allowed.


Tardy policy

Students that are tardy (unexcused) will need to sign a tardy log before entering the classroom.  Please refer to student handbook for further information about the district’s tardy policy.  





 Throughout the year we will be developing and maintaining a writer’s notebook, it is pertinent that you have the following items:

1)       Three-ring binder or 5-subject notebook

2)       Binders need 5 pocket dividers-labeled as follows:

Journal (Bell) / Writing / Vocabulary-W.E. / Notes / Handout

3)       College ruled loose-leaf paper

4)       File or folder to be left in the classroom for students work

5)       Pencil and/or pen





Please sign and detach the document below, and return to Mrs. Braswell.










English II/ 2009-2010





I am looking forward to an exciting year of hands-on learning.   If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.  My phone number at the Salmon High School is 756-2415.  You can also reach me via email, dbraswell@salmon.k12.id.us. 

Please keep the following pages for your reference, and only return this section with signatures of acknowledgment to me, Mrs. Braswell. 


Student’s Signature___________________________________




Parent’s Signature___________________________________________Date________________



















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