English II CP


Mrs. Julissa Sanchez                                                                               English II World Literature[1]



                                                                                                                         English II - Room 114


                This World Literature course is designed to teach creative and analytical writing through fundamental rhetorical theory.

            Every day we will learn or practice a crucial facet of good writing and reading: rhetorical devices, argumentation appeals, style and grammar, analysis and interpretation. The successful student will view this class as a workshop—experimentation, trial and error.

            We will write personal narrative, persuasive research, poetry, critical analysis in addition to weekly journaling, practice prompts, sketches, and other creative projects. All writing, though, will accomplish understanding, explaining, or evaluating something.

            For this class to be successful, we will write often.  Some writing will be practice and some writing will be revised and polished into final drafts. Through the writing process, we will examine our diction, syntactic structure, organization and balance, and our ability to create an effective piece of writing. We will also create a portfolio to catalogue our progress as writers.

            I expect hard work, a willingness to try and miss and try some more, careful reading, and meaningful discussion.


            No student is required to purchase each text. However, students are encouraged to check out or purchase copies on their own (iPad or Kindle books are not acceptable). My recommendation is to purchase the books on Amazon.com or halfpricebooks.com.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
  2. Night by Elie Wiesel
  3. Antigone by Sophocles
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  7. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  8. Various excerpts and articles (provided by the instructor)



  1. USB pen drive
  2. Pens (black and blue only)
  3. Spiral notebook (one subject, college ruled)
  4. Binder (min. 1”)
  5. Dividers
  6. College ruled paper
  7. Colors or markers or colored pencils
  8. Highlighters
  9. Whiteout (optional)


                One of the most important requirements for this course is that students read every assignment with care and on time. Students unused to literature courses will need to plan time in their schedules for more reading than most courses require. Poetry, though usually not long, is dense and complex and should minimally be read twice.


            Additionally, every student is required to choose one book each six weeks to read on his or her own. After reading the book, students will complete a project for credit. The list of projects is forthcoming.






Grading is determined by the English department and cannot be changed. Daily grades (participation, quizzes, homework) are worth 40% and major grades (tests, essays, projects) are worth 60% of the total grade.


Some thoughts: 

It is my intention to create independent thinkers and doers!  Not only will students learn to communicate with purpose and effect, but they will also find self-worth and pride in the work and intrinsic motivation they acquire as they learn to be independent in their progress and a team player!

[1] This syllabus is modeled on the examples from CollegeBoard’s AP Central section of its website. The sections on reading, writing, and grading were heavily influenced by the sample syllabi. In fact, this syllabus contains text from the website. All instances of copied text abide the education rules of copyright law.