Learning Catalog

English 2/English 2 Honors

English 2/English 2 Honors

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets English graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Literary Devices (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of complex literary texts by identifying and explaining descriptive and figurative language in the texts.
  • Narrative Writing (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences by writing a story or essay.
  • Explanatory Writing (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing techniques by writing an informative text that analyzes and synthesizes information from multiple sources in order to shed new light on a concept or process.
  • Research Using Technology (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate topics through research/inquiry by analyzing, integrating, and presenting information for a specific purpose.
  • Reading Informational Sources (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts (these may include texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects) by presenting a summary and interpretation supported by evidence.
  • Listening (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically for variety of purposes pertaining to literary understanding by presenting an analysis or review.
  • Writing Arguments (English 2)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to write persuasively for intended purpose and audience by presenting and supporting claims and reasoning with sufficient evidence.
  • Speaking (English 2)
    Student will demonstrate the ability to speak persuasively and effectively by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Pre-Requisites

None

Honors

Course: To take the Honors version, please select the course from the"Advance/Honors/AP" drop down during registration.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/32-36 weeks

Overview

Join us in English II to see how the human experience – real life, your life – is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, we explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as Laughter, Obstacles, Betrayal, and Fear. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

 

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One:

Module 1

  • 01.00 Introduction
  • 01.01 Grammar
  • 01.02 Poetry
  • 01.03 Connotation, Denotation, and Imagery
  • 01.04 Humor
  • 01.05 Tone
  • 01.06 Plot, Pacing, and Point of View
  • 01.07 Alternate Plot Structures
  • 01.08 Narrative Writing
  • 01.09 Pre-writing Process
  • 01.10 Writing Tips
  • 01.11 More Writing Tips
  • 01.12 First Draft
  • 01.13 Discussion-Based Assesment
  • 01.14 Final Draft
  • 01.15 Honors: Love Poem
  • 01.16 Honors: Love of Things
  • 01.17 Module One Exam

 

Module 2

  • 02.00 Introduction
  • 02.01 The Hurdle
  • 02.02 Historical Context and Human Rights
  • 02.03 Point of View
  • 02.04 Prompt and Human Rights
  • 02.05 The Victory
  • 02.06 Analysis
  • 02.07 Research
  • 02.08 Citations
  • 02.09 The Introduction
  • 02.10 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.11 The Outline
  • 02.12 The First Draft
  • 02.13 Grammar
  • 02.14 The Final Draft
  • 02.15 Honors: The Solution
  • 02.16 Module Two Exam
  • 02.17 Segment One Exam
  • 02.18 Segment One Honors Exam
  • 00.01 Segment One Collaboration

 

Segment Two:

Module 3

  • 03.00 Introduction
  • 03.01 Fears, Anxieties, Phobias, Oh My!
  • 03.02 The Reality of Fear
  • 03.03 Nothing to Fear
  • 03.04 Free from Fear
  • 03.05 Fascination with Fear
  • 03.06 No Hyding From Fear
  • 03.07 Surprise!
  • 03.08 Fear In Film
  • 03.09 Project Runaway!
  • 03.10 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.11 Honors:Constructing Meaning
  • 03.12 Honors: Bringing it all Together
  • 03.13 Module Three Exam

 

Module 4

  • 04.00 Introduction
  • 04.01 Apostrophes and Homonyms
  • 04.02 Julius Caesar, Act I
  • 04.03 Julius Caesar, Act II
  • 04.04 Julius Caesar, Act III
  • 04.05 Julius Caesar, Acts IV and V
  • 04.06 Argumentative Writing
  • 04.07 Claims and Counterclaims
  • 04.08 Develop Your Position
  • 04.09 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.10 Outline Your Argument
  • 04.11 Write your Argument
  • 04.12 Your Final Draft
  • 04.13 Honors: The Lay of the Were-Wolf
  • 04.14 Module Four Exam
  • 04.15 Segment Two Exam
  • 04.16 Segment Two Honors Exam
  • 00.02 Segment Two Collaboration

 

Career

Librarian

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Literary Devices (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of complex literary texts by identifying and explaining descriptive and figurative language in the texts.

Project

You are a Librarian and one of your responsibilities is to choose books for a monthly meetup. The people to whom you will market this club will enjoy reading a primary text with rich descriptive and figurative language. Knowing this, you will have to justify your selections for their use of descriptive and figurative language. Your boss has asked for three months’ worth of book choices (at least three total texts) and an email explaining your choices before you advertise this new book club to the public.

Career

Investigative Reporter

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Reading Informational Sources (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts (these may include texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects) by presenting a summary and interpretation supported by evidence.

Project

You are an Investigative Reporter for a watchdog group. As an investigative reporter, you are asked to review a variety of print and non-print sources on a specific topic in order to determine if the reported information is accurate and being reported fairly. From this information, you will report on the topic and the information you found. This can be in the form of a podcast, article, blog post, videocast, or another presentation method.

Career

Inside Sales Representative

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Writing Arguments (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to write persuasively for intended purpose and audience by presenting and supporting claims and reasoning with sufficient evidence.

Project

You are an Inside Sales Representative for a company of your choice. You will create sales communications to send to prospective customers. As an Inside Sales Representative, your written communication skills are a key part of your day-to-day responsibilities. Getting your ideas across clearly and professionally is necessary to help your client determine that your product or service is best suited to meet his or her needs and requirements.

Career

Technical Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Explanatory Writing (English 2): Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing techniques by writing an informative text that analyzes and synthesizes information from multiple sources in order to shed new light on a concept or process.

Project

You are a Technical Writer for a company that has a product that isn’t selling well. The marketing team has decided the product may sell better if consumers discovered new ways to use the product.

The marketing team asked you to create a tip or technical manual that explains how to use the product in new and exciting ways. You will gather information from multiple sources and use your skills in explanatory writing to create the manual.

Career

Content Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Narrative Writing (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences by writing a story or essay.

Project

You work as a Content Writer for an animal rights and welfare organization. You have been tasked with writing a funding campaign newsletter which will be posted on the organization’s website. The letter is required to have a narrative that details the struggles of one rescued animal. Your goal as a content writer is to write a narrative that will compel individuals to read your narrative and donate to the animal rights organization to further the cause of preventing cruelty to animals.

Career

Conservation Scientist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Research Using Technology (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate topics through research/inquiry by analyzing, integrating, and presenting information for a specific purpose.

Project

You are a Conservation Scientist working for a non-profit organization and your focus is to keep the public informed regarding endangered species. Your role is to choose two endangered species to write about for the organization’s online newsletter or blog. Your audience is the general public who expect credible and relevant information regarding the endangered species you selected.

Career

Film Festival Programmer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Listening (English 2): Students will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically for a variety of purposes pertaining to literary understanding by presenting an analysis or review.

Project

You are a Film Festival Programmer and are planning a film festival with a literary twist. You will research films and choose a group of films you would like to include in your festival. Each film in your final selection must connect to literature, and the group of films must connect to each other in some way. For example, all are modern adaptations of a classical piece of literature. You will create a publishable schedule which will include justifications for why you chose each film.

Career

Real Estate Agent

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Speaking (English 2): Student will demonstrate the ability to speak persuasively and effectively by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style – which are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Project

You are a Real Estate Agent hired by a real estate developer to market and sell a variety of properties in an upscale community being built in a suburban area nearby. The development will include a variety of home styles such as single family homes, condos and townhouses, senior living, a golf course, pool, and community recreation center among other amenities.

As a result, your prospective buyers will be from different populations and have different needs and concerns. Potential buyers may include families with small children, retirees, young couples, or single professionals. The developer would like you to create a variety of video presentations for the development’s website to inform and persuade potential buyers that this community will fit their needs in a home.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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