•  Welcome to English II Honors!  This class will focus on practical instruction in the principles and methods of clear and effective writing, and in analyzing and evaluating poetry, essays, fiction, and nonfiction.   We will spend time in the writing process, including analyzing audience and purpose, prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing, so that students become more comfortable and confident writers who express their ideas and opinions clearly and effectively.  Writing well, thinking critically, and analyzing and synthesizing texts are essential skills for college and career success, but also for life as an active citizen in our society.  I hope that as your view of the world expands through the written word, you develop a more critical eye toward it.


    English II Honors provides an enriched version of the English II curriculum in preparation for Advanced Placement Classes. English II continues to increase and refine students' written and oral communication skills, building on the reading, writing, and research skills they developed in English I. Students work independently and collaboratively to hone critical thinking skills, especially skills involved in literary and rhetorical analysis. Students practice a variety of writing tasks in a variety of genres. Students plan, draft,and craft complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students edit papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English. Students read extensively in multiple genres - analyzing the works, and interpreting the possible influences of historical and cultural context.