English II Course Syllabus

Mrs. JulieAnna Perry


The English II course is designed to allow students to become college and career ready by furthering their knowledge of reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. This in turn will allow students to develop stronger analytical, listening, speaking, and researching skills.

During this year, students will be required to take the English Language Arts Subject Area Test that measures knowledge of language arts, reading comprehension, and effective writing skills according to competencies found in the Common Core State Standards. This test will be administered in May 2017.

Units of Study


Unit 1 – Fiction and Nonfiction

            Big Question – Is there a difference between reality and truth?


Unit 1 Reading Selections and Unit Tests:

            “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs

            “Occupation: Conductorette” from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

            Reading for Information – Feature Article/Newsletter

Comparing Literary Works – “Marian Anderson, Famous Concert Singer” by Langston Hughes and “Tepeyac” by Sandra Cisneros

Benchmark Test 1

“Content of the Dead Man’s Pocket” by Jack Finney

“The Marginal World” by Rachel Carson

Reading for Information – Web Site/Primary Source

Comparing Literary Works – “Like the Sun” by R.K. Narayan and “The Open Window” by Saki

Benchmark Test 2


Unit 2 – Short Stories

            Big Question – Can progress be made without conflict?


Unit 2 Reading Selections:

            “A Visit to Grandmother” by William Melvin Kelley

            “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

            Reading for Information – Technical Article/News Release

Comparing Literary Works – One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry and “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet

Benchmark Test 3

“How Much Land Does a Man Need” by Leo Tolstoy

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

Reading for Information – Newspaper Editorial/Primary Source

Comparing Literary Works – “The Censors” by Luisa Valenzuela and “The Leader in the Mirror” by Pat Mora

Benchmark Test 4






Unit 3 – Types of Nonfiction

            Big Question – What kind of knowledge changes our lives? 


Unit 3 Reading Selections:


            “The Spider and the Wasp” by Alexander Petrunkevitch

            “The Sun Parlor” by Dorothy West

            Reading for Information – Technical Directions/User’s Guide

Comparing Literary Works – “The Weather of New England” by Mark Twain and “The Dog That Bit People by James Thurber

            Benchmark Test 5

“Keep Memory Alive” by Elie Wiesel

            “The American Idea” by Theodore H. White

            Reading for Information – Research Source/Course Catalog

Comparing Literary Works – from Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida and from The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday

            Benchmark Test 6


Note: Weekly Tests will be given after each selection is studied. Writing assignments will also be assigned with each selection.


Recommendations for Parents

  • Encourage students to read on a daily basis.
  • Share with students stories that will interest them, and encourage them to seek stories of their own.
  • Review with students notes taken in class.
  • Encourage students to complete assigned work on time.
  • Assist students in proof-reading written work.
  • Share interest in what students are learning. When students and parents learn together, it enhances the experience.



  1. Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition Grade 10
  2. MAP Practice Tests
  3. All-in-One Workbook (accompanies the textbook)
  4. Grammar Handbook
  5. Reader’s Notebook (accompanies the textbook)


Class Rules


  1. All school rules will be enforced in my classroom.  Please see the school handbook for a detailed list of rules.
  2. Everyone is expected to have books, paper, and pencil every day. 
  3. Students cannot disrupt others from learning.
  4. Students cannot disrupt the teacher from teaching.
  5. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes/materials when he or she is absent. I will have folders set up for each class so that students can pick up material missed.
  6. I expect students to have respect for themselves, others, and the teacher at all times.



Infractions of the rules will be dealt with in the following manner:


One warning is all students get; forewarned is “fair-warned”. This is high school and students should conduct themselves accordingly.


  1. Student/Teacher discussion of information
  2. Parent/Teacher discussion
  3. A write-up will be turned in to administration if a student cannot correct the behavior.


Supply List


Required for Class EACH Day

  1. Pencils
  2. Loose leaf wide-ruled paper
  3. Binder with a section for English handouts, notes, etc.
  4. Erasers
  5. Highlighters
  6. Workbooks (provided by school)
    • See handbook regarding failure to bring required supplies to class.

  Bonus Materials:

  1. Kleenex
  2. Hand Sanitizer
  3. Clorox Wipes


Grading Scale


The grading policy in the Wayne County High School Student Handbook will be followed for grading.


Contact Information:


            Mrs. JulieAnna Perry 


            Phone: 601-735-2851


Please send me an email at the email address above if I may contact you via email. Please include your full name and your child’s full name.