St. John Vianney High School

English 2 Sophomore English Mr. Mohr
Literature Survey/The Heroes' Journey


Description: Sophomore English 200 combines many facets of English study--literature, composition, grammar and vocabulary. The literature focuses on literary devices and genres; most of the readings focus on the theme of "Heroes" as they span across the selections. These selections include a wide variety of the classics, popular literature and authors, and some lesser known works and contemporary authors. The composition component focuses on the review and refinement of sentence writing and variety, and progressing to paragraph development and expository writing. The main focus is on mastering the five-paragraph essay. The grammar reinforces previous lessons and puts theory into practice as students apply their knowledge into longer, more complex and refined writing assignments. Vocabulary growth comes from literature study, a vocabulary textbook, and writing maturity. Short research projects, oral presentations and other creative assignments help students gain mastery of lessons included in this course.

Outcomes: Students will be able to...
- Identify literary devices and themes and writing strategies
- Demonstrate an understanding of literary terms and devices and distinguish their use in context
- Apply knowledge of literary terms and devices in critical analysis of stories, themes, characters and actions.
- Summarize literature selections and highlight major elements
- Analyze literature for theme, imagery, implied meanings, and analogies
- Identify various expository writing strategies
- Apply knowledge of writing strategies to paragraph and essay composition
- Construct essays using the writing process, which includes prewriting, peer editing and revisions
- Create effective thesis statements and formal outlines and expand upon themes in longer compositions
- Construct effective paragraphs applying knowledge of sentence constructions and grammatical rules
- Define and demonstrate and understanding of expanded vocabulary

Content: The literature for this semester follows the theme of Heroes and Heroism and includes several diverse selections and authors. Most all of the literature selections are contained in the form of novels (see list below) with some short stories, essays, poetry and other excerpts in addition. Several supplementary readings will be available through handouts or online. Vocabulary study and growth are generally associated with the literature study but also strengthened in weekly exercises from the text Vocabulary Workshop Level E. Paragraph and essay construction revolves around the thematic units and may include expository, descriptive and narrative writing along with critical responses to literature. Two short research assignments are included. Students must follow specific rubrics and guidelines in completing these research reports, including adhering to MLA documentation rules found in the text Guide to MLA Documentation. Plagiarism will not be accepted. Grammar refines past lessons and applies the information to sentence and composition writing -- focusing on growth, variety and complexity. The grammar handbook is titled Wariner's Handbook, 4th Edition.










Methods of Evaluation: The semester grade is based on three basic criteria -- test and quizzes, compositions and homework. Each variable is weighted 1/3 toward the student's final grade. The component and how it is read on the Skyward grading system is listed below.
Tests/Quizzes: (read as Quizzes on Skyward) Point totals vary from five-point quizzes to the unit and chapter exams, including the final examination. Unit tests normally include multiple choice, short answer, and essay portions.
Compositions: (read as Term Papers on Skyward) All submitted written (by that I mean typed) compositions and projects. Normally students step through the writing process on all writing projects, rough draft work, composition, editing and revision.
Homework/Participation: (read as homework) Homework of some form is almost daily. Students should be reading or reviewing their work/assignments every evening for discussions or simply preparing for the following day. All assignments must be recorded in their student planners.


Student Requirements: Each day students must have the following:

* 1. Novels (See list below)
* 2. Spiral notebook (preferably a five subject designated solely for English class)
* 3. Writing utensils
* 4. Student Planner/Organizer (available in the Griffin Bookstore)
* 5. Textbooks: Language Network: Grammar, Writing, and Communication; Vocabulary Workshop: Level E (cannot be used) when necessary
6. Personal reading material (not classroom material)
7. Portfolio folder or three ring binder with loose-leaf paper
8. A good dictionary and thesaurus
See accompanying expectation sheet for more details on creating opportunities for success.


Novels and Literature Units:
Unit I: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, video excerpts, supplemental reading from Salinger and Kinsella
Unit II: Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology using Mythology by Edith Hamilton and The Odyssey by Homer, video
Unit IV: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and supplemental readings, video
Unit V: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, supplemental Civil War narratives and letters
Unit VI: The Legend of King Arthur using online and copied handouts, videos


Students not bringing proper materials to class will make up time during Encore Period. Encore Period is designated as extended class time when necessary. Please use the Encore Period wisely. Homework Hotel will be issued for those students whose homework completion becomes an issue with parental input.
I also adhere to all school guidelines concerning dress code, attendance, behavior and ethics. Please read your Student Handbook for this information.

You may contact me through the school 965-4853 ext. 739 or via school e-mail at jmohr@vianney.com
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