Honors Sophomore English Course Map
Keith Wood, teacher

Updated May 16, 2015

While the year will approximate the following, some things will overflow the months and the quarters.  Furthermore, as this list grows to accommodate more non-fiction reading and writing from the Common Core, additional readings will be provided for in-class discussion, or added as they are approved. At the beginning of each quarter, I will post to the class web page and give each student a hard copy of the quarter's schedule that indicates where they need to be on any given day, and, to some extent, when the tests occur.  I reserve the right to change this as circumstances dictate.

Quarter Content / Core Standards Learning Activity Assessment
1st Quarter
[August - October]

1st Quarter Calendar

Literature:  Summer assignment, and reading and writing based on a selection of the following pieces of literature: Death Comes for the Archbishop, The Lord of the Flies, "The Taming of the Shrew," The Chosen, "Oedipus Rex".

Introduction to the course, course expectations, class rules

1st semester vocabulary list (SAT list, first 60 words)

Essay writing

ACT/SAT test-taking skills

Open & closed form poetry

Information texts chosen by the teacher

Essay writing workshop

  • Writing essay introductions
  • Thesis sentences
  • Using evidence in essays
  • Commentary
  • Writing conclusions

Peer response/editing group

Annotating all assigned readings 

Recognizing poetic form

Begin year-long vocabulary

Understanding literary symbolism

Review the elements of poetry forms

ACT/SAT preparation & practice

Summer essay & in-class editing/composing practice

In-class writing practice with commentary & interpretation

Multiple choice reading quizzes on all literature read.

In-class essay on character development and conflict

Practice ACT/SAT tests

Tests on poetic form & meaning

Essay responses to informational text reading & discussion

2nd Quarter
[November - January]

2nd Quarter Calendar

Literature:  "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Macbeth," Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Joy Luck Club.

Meaning & purpose in poetry

ACT test preparation

APA formatted formal argument paper / APA formatted research project

ACT/ SAT practice

Figurative language in poetry

Informational texts chosen by the teacher

Annotating all assigned readings 

Contrast/Comparison essay structure

Peer response/editing group

ACT/SAT preparation & practice

APA Research format

Develop ACT/SAT test-taking skills

Annotating all assigned readings 

Tests on poetic form, meaning and purpose

Multiple choice tests on all readings

APA formatted formal argument paper

In-class essays on literature readings

Comprehensive 1st semester final exam.

Argumentation APA research paper

3rd Quarter
[January - March]

3rd Quarter Calendar

LiteratureA Tale of Two Cities, "Merchant of Venice," The Screwtape Letters, Siddhartha.

Begin Personal Anthology Project (2nd semester project)

2nd semester vocabulary list (SAT list, second 60 words)

ACT or SAT practice

Rhythm in poetry

Annotating all assigned readings  

Back up research assignment that reinforces APA skills

Plot and character development

ACT/SAT test-taking skills

Analysis essay skills

Interpretive poetry skills

Develop ACT/SAT test-taking skills

Recognizing rhythm patterns in poetry

In-class essay on holiday reading

Poetry tests, all skills

Test on 1st semester vocabulary words

Contrast/Comparison essay

Comprehensive Semester Final

Multiple choice reading quizzes on Dickens

In-class essays from past AP English Literature and Composition tests on all literature

Poetry tests, all skills

Multiple choice test on all readings

Poetry tests, all skills

4th Quarter

4th Quarter Calendar

LiteratureI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," The Screwtape Letters, "Twelfth Night," or "The Tempest."

Backup research skills related to finishing the Personal Anthology

Personal Anthology

Autobiographical writing assignment (Personal Anthology preface)

Ethnic diversity as a subject for literature

Writing memory and the personal essay

Yearly review

Multiple choice test on all readings

Prompted free-writes in class

Vocabulary final (120 words)

Personal Anthology

Semester Final