Honors II Syllabus
Term A: American Literature
Short Story Unit
The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath– John Steinbeck
A Streetcar Named Desire– Tennessee Williams
The Old Man and the Sea– Ernest Hemingway
Term B: British Literature
Frankenstein– Mary Shelley
Julius Caesar– Shakespeare
Term A: 15 Units; 3 unit tests
Term B: 15 units; 3 unit tests
Term A: short story, The Great Gatsby The Grapes of Wrath, Old Man and the Sea
Term B: Frankenstein, Julius Caesar
Term B: Frankenstein
Grammar & Mechanics
Term A: Grammar
Term B: Mechanics
Honors II Skills
Vocabulary– Add vocabulary words, which students use in their writing.
Grammar– mastery of parts of speech, parts of sentence, sentence types
Conventions– Cover all parts of the writing guide. Students should be able to explain why they included punctuation/verb/pronoun citing writing guide rule and giving a full explanation using grammar terminology.
Reading– Complete close readings, analyze author’s selection of detail and mood. Inference and predict based on previous reading.
Analysis of Literature– use all literary terms fluently; pick out the author’s use of literary devices and explain them; independently determine theme, symbol, motif in pieces of literature. Compare and contrast pieces of literature in their writing style.
• write a fluent introduction, which narrows to the thesis sentence
• choose an appropriate style of thesis sentence
• use imbedded transitions in a topic sentence
• craft clincher sentences, which summarize and flow from the previous sentence
• provide ample evidence to support a thesis statement
• use imbedded quotations
• determine strong quotations to use as evidence
• write a conclusion that summarizes and gives the reader a bigger idea
Types of Writing-
• mood analysis of a short stoy
• Literary analysis of The Great Gatsby, subject chosen from class discussion
• Literary analysis of The Grapes of Wrath– use the intercalary chapter to I introduce the literary element supported by the Joad chapters
• Literary analysis of Frankenstein– topic chosen independently by student
• Rhetorical analysis of Julius Caesar
Research- research an analyze an assigned topic from Frankenstein and present to the class.