Instructor: Mrs. Sarah Maki
893-6911 ext. 1597
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
skype: sarahahmaki or via Skyward
If you need help, you can stop during the day or before or after school. You can also gmail or skype.
Parents can donate tissues, disinfectant wipes, and class snacks.
502 English 2 1 yr. 10 1.0 CWCS 01002G
This required course in the sophomore year is divided into basic sections. One semester is devoted to communication skills with emphasis on various informative speeches, paragraph and theme writing, and grammar. The other semester is concerned with reading various forms of literature. Writing is also emphasized. Failure in any semester will require the student to repeat that semester.
1. Be respectful toward classmates and teacher.
2. Be patient with self and others.
3. Be prepared for class.
4. Turn work in on time.
5. Use time wisely.
Soft Skills grading rubric: http://www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/Schools/PHS/softskills.html
Planner or digital planner
Pencil/pen, paper, folder
Class text and/or choice text
1. Logically and effectively organize written and verbal communication.
2. Use standard English conventions in essays, projects, and research.
3. Generate and apply powerful and significant ideas that are purpose driven.
4. Use strategies to analyze texts and literature.
5. Interpret text through the lens of history, society and culture.
Description of Class:
Twenty-first century readers and writers need to
• Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
• Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of
• Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
Content: Based on the National Common Core Standards, revised by the English department
Reading, writing, informational texts, fiction, nonfiction, literary nonfiction, speaking, listening.
*All written assignments must be Times New Roman 12-point font and double-spaced unless otherwise specified.
English department grading scale
Below 70 F
School grading policy
- Academic grades reflect learning (what students know, can do, and understand).
- Soft Skills grades reflect dispositions/habits valued in school, workplace, and community.
- Formative Assessments/Learning Activities and Summative
Plagiarism: No plagiarism will be accepted. Refer to the orange guide for more information. Students who cheat in any form will earn a 0 and must repeat the assignment in detention.
Students who miss school must make up work immediately.
Do not turn work in late.
Late work within a two week period can not earn full credit.
After two weeks students can no longer earn a score for that assignment.
Students must communicate in person to arrange time for help.
Absences: All students must take care of missed work as soon as possible with Mrs. Maki. Students/parents can email or call Mrs. Maki for missed work.
Final Exams: The final exam is 10% of the final grade for the semester. All students will participate in the final exam during the final week. No exemptions.
Topics covered throughout English II (Order subject to change)
Introductions- learning styles, What do you bring in to class, What do you want from class? http://www.futureme.org/
Google Drive: folders, sharing, mini project, calendar
Writing, reading, and speech: Starting point- writing prompt, recording of self reading, lexile level, apps for speech to text.
Soft skills: rubric, spreadsheet, goals,
Standardized test taking skills: Aspire test in spring
Individual books: Students follow the mentor text in class and choose another text that follows the theme or concept taught in class. If students have already read the mentor text, they are welcome to use class time to read and then participate in the group lesson later in class.
Read aloud: Mrs. Maki will often read excerpts from her favorite books or articles.
Personal Memoir: Each student will write a personal story to share with group and parents at the March conference.
Master the sentence, punctuation, and sentence fluency.
Become a contributing member of writing workshop.
Sentence and article of the week.
Study the author’s craft.
Literature and anlaysis
Of Mice and Men: Focus-paragraph writing, analysis, evidence, claims and connecting to society today. Devloping an argument
To Kill a Mockingbird: Vocabulary development, character analysis, compare/contrast with OMM or with film . Choice, court cases, promotion of tolerance
Drama: Choice of Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, creative script writing, or acting.
Poetry: Create,share and analyze poetry. Option to submit to the Perspectives, all conference writing magazine.
Music Mondays and Wise Wednesdays: Presentations
self-evaluation and peer evaluation
Career readiness: Throughout the year
Continue career goals,
literary nonfiction connected to goals
Service to others: Assist in library, literature lounge, tutoring, leading groups, helping the community.
Award speech: present a special award to someone in class, celebrate accomplishments
First semester final exam: Create a summary of learning in each core area of language, writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Analyze improvement as a 21st century reader, writer, and communicator.
Second semester final exam: Discuss success, unveil dreams from beginning of the year, read letter to self, analyze a short story using skills learned throughout the year. Last year students had the choice between presenting their argument essays or analyzing an argument from a reputable source and creating an outline.
Common websites used in class: Keep track of your usernames and passwords
- Screencastomatic.com, http://vocaroo.com/
- Google(Drive, Calendar, Gmail)
- Other web 2.0 tools as needed and chosen for projects- PHS Library sources