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English 2 EXP

English 2 EXP Syllabus

Course Title: English II EXP

Teacher: Mrs. McKinley

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The purpose of this course is to teach students to communicate the English language using both oral and written skills. The paragraph, the short answer essay, the formal expository essay will be the writing forms emphasized. Correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics will be required. Reading comprehension and vocabulary enrichment will be stressed. The short story, poetry, drama, the epic, mythology, and the novel will be studied. All areas will be taught as interwoven units of study. This year will focus on the theme of “making connections”.




To Kill a Mockingbird

A Lesson Before Dying

Medea (in Three Plays Of Euripides



Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

A Raisin in the Sun

A Separate Peace

My Name is Asher Lev

Merchant of Venice

Behind the Beatiful Flowers

Glencow World Lit Anthology

Sadlier-Oxford E Level Books

Short Stories


* We will check out all books from the Library when needed. Failure to bring the appropriate books to class each day after that will result in a loss of Classroom Participation points.


Grading Policy


Written and oral work, along with class participation counts considerably. All work attempted has value, not only for correct answers, but also for personal effort. I strongly suggest you complete all of your assignments. Every assignment (including daily classroom activities and journal writing) is worth a given number of points up to the maximum possible, depending on length and difficulty.





                        QUIZZES AND TESTS                                                      25%

                        CLASSWORK AND HOMEWORK                                            25%

                        WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS                                              40%

                        CLASS PARTICIPATION                                                  10%



An “A” is 90% and above, a “B” is 80-89%, a “C” is 70-79%, a “D” is 60-69%, and below 60% is an “F”.


            *I will try to have all assignments posted on “School Loop” and all grades submitted within two weeks of their due date.


Learning Materials:


You do not need a separate binder for English only. It is fine if you share space in another binder for this class. However, within the English section you should have three sections for written assignments, vocabulary, and grammar. Please make sure you come to class with plenty of lined paper, pen/pencils, and your SSR book daily. You must also have 2 red pens for corrections and 2 yellow highlighters.


*You are required to keep all turned back assignments until the end of the term in case of grade discrepancies.


Classroom rules:


1) Be respectful at ALL times. This means to each other, as well as to me.

2) All school policies stated in the School Handbook will be enforced and I expect you to know them (including all new school policies). Ignorance is not an excuse for breaking a rule.

3) You must be in your seat, with materials out, when the bell rings, or you will be marked tardy.

4) Do not leave your desk without permission.

5) Raise your hand before speaking, and do not interrupt others.

6) Use the bathroom during breaks. If you have an emergency, raise your hand and I will excuse you when it is convenient within my lesson. You must return within an appropriate time and not abuse bathroom privileges or they will be revoked.

7) If I see headphones, cell phones, music players, or makeup during class, they will be taken for the remainder of the class. NO WARNINGS!


*Failure to follow these rules will result in:


            1) After School Detention with me   

            2) Phone Call Home

            3) Referral Slip sent to the Dean of Students


Making Up Assignments:


When you are absent, YOU are responsible for seeing me about making up the work you may have missed. We will confer and agree on an appropriate date for completion of the work. Be aware, that you may not be asked to do the exact assignment as the rest of the class. You MUST see me (outside of class time) on the FIRST day you return to school after your absence to receive make up work. Please note that this means the first day you return to school, not the first day you have class again. No late work is accepted, and no make up work will be given without an excused absence. Please check “School Loop” if you are absent to check on assigned work. Get another student’s contact information, so that you can contact them if you are absent for make-up work as well.




Outside Reading Requirement:


All students will participate in daily SSR for 10 minutes at the beginning of EVERY class and must have a novel to read during this time period. You are allowed to read any type of novel (either Fiction or Non-Fiction) that you wish during this time. You may NOT read the current class novel or a magazine/ newspaper. Credit for pages read and active participation in SSR will be factored into your final grade. All Students will be taken to the Library during the first week to pick out an appropriate SSR book. Failure to bring an SSR book will result in the following:


                        1) First offense: Student must face forward for the duration of Silent                                                            Reading without speaking or doing ANY other activity.


                        2) Second Offense: Student will receive an after school detention with                                                               me and parent/guardian will be notified.


                        3) Third offense: Student will be sent to the Dean for appropriate                                                                    punishment.




You will be marked tardy if you are not seated with a SSR book out by the time the bell rings. Just being in the room does not count as being on time.




Mrs. McKinley: I am on campus by 8:00am each morning and stay until 3:30pm everyday. Please feel free to use either my email address or leave me a message with the school if you have any additional questions or concerns. My preferred method of communication is email and I check that frequently throughout the day. I will check my email during the evenings around 8:00PM. Any emails sent after that time will not be read until the following day, so plan accordingly.





This class meets in the Drama Room, which means there is a Stage and Prop Closet with both costumes and props located in this room. It is crucial for both safety and respect reasons that these areas remain off limits at ALL times unless otherwise indicated. For this reason as well, Food and Drinks are strictly forbidden from this room at all times! Any infraction of these policies will lead to an in class detention or referral depending on the offense. 



*Please sign below to ensure that you have read all of the above information and agree to the terms set out for this class.


Parent/Guardian Signature: _________________________   


Preferred Contact Number: _________________________


Preferred Email Address: _________________________


Date: ____________


Student Signature: ___________________________     Period: _____


Date: ____________




*This is due back on the next day that this class meets.


Total Points: 50

English 2 EXP Summer Assignment

To Kill a Mockingbird Summer Reading Assignment for English 2EXP 
Your assignment this summer is to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This novel is readily 
available in bookstores and libraries. If you need the school to provide a copy for you, please 
contact your current English teacher. You must also complete the following written assignment. It 
should demonstrate depth of understanding and interpretation of the text. The assignment is due 
on the fifth day of class. 
1. Choose five themes from the list below. For each theme you choose, you must select three 
quotes. Remember that quotes can be dialogue or narration. (Please note that you are only 
selecting 5 themes and 3 quotes per theme for a total of 15 quotes.) 
Themes (Choose 5) 
List Chapter and Page #’s for 
3 Quotes per theme 
Example Theme: Mentoring Example: (23;ch.1), (186;ch.17), (198;ch.18) 
□ Integrity 
□ Maturity 
□ Prejudice 
□ Empathy 
□ Sense of fair play 
□ Caring for others 
□Loss of Innocence 
□ Victimization 
□ Responsibility 
2. Attached are directions for inserting short quotes of fewer than 4 printed lines based on your 
edition. You are going to do 15 quote insertions. You may hand write or type these quote 
insertions. If you type, the format is double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 
plain. There should not be more than 2 insertions per page. If you use binder paper, do not 
use notebook paper, or paper that has a reinforced edge. The margin is for teacher 
comments. Do not write on the back. Use black or dark blue pen. Pencil is not acceptable. 
Number each quote 1-15 for ease of correction. 
3. Within the first two weeks of school, you will be assigned a timed writing. Bring your book, 
and your quotes will be returned so that you can use any that apply to the topic. 
Short Quote CQC Insertion Models: The following are not the actual citations from To Kill a 
Mockingbird. These are not paragraphs; they are excerpts of paragraphs. These are CQC Models—
Context (an introductory statement identifying the speaker and what is happening at the 
moment) Quote (the actual quote) and Commentary (your analysis of the quote in relation to the 
theme). The quotes themselves should be independent clauses, not phrases. Citations follow 
each quote. Do not use p. or pp. The format is page; chapter—(12; ch.12). Do not indent quote 
insertions. They are exercises, not essays. 
A. Model quote insertion for narrated text fewer than 4 printed lines. 
After visiting the Radley porch, Scout ponders her adventure: “It was no small feat, running from a monster, 
larger than myself. Looking at Jem, I could only imagine what Atticus would say if he saw his pale, shaken 
children”(12; ch.2). As always, Scout sees her own life through the eyes of her father and judges whether he 
would approve of their actions. In this case, Atticus would frown upon their attempts to bother the 
neighborhood eccentric. 
B. Model Quote for excerpt with spoken words text under 4 printed lines. 
As Jem and Scout near the Radley porch, Jem reminds Scout that he is the responsible party in this action: 
“‘Now you just listen to me. If we get caught, it doesn’t matter if you say I told you not to come. No sir. 
All Atticus is going to see is that you were with me. I’ll be the one in trouble’”(11; ch.1). Jem knows his 
place in the chain of command in his family. It is oldest to youngest. Atticus is the man to be respected, and 
Jem is responsible for his little sister; but Jem respects his sister enough to allow her to make her own 
The simple way to remember punctuation rules for SHORT QUOTES: 
1. Short quotes are always in double quotation marks “ ”. 
2. Spoken words are always surrounded by single quotation marks ‘ ’. 
3. Short, spoken quotes may require 3 quotation marks with doubles outside, and 
singles inside: “‘Hello,’ he said, ‘how do you do?’” He said is narration, so no 
doubles. Commas go inside quotation marks. 
4. Short quotes are cited in this manner for periods, question marks, and 
exclamation marks: 
 ” (12; ch.1). for simple periods 
 ?” (12; ch.1) when there is a question mark 
 !” (12; ch.1) when there is an exclamation mark 
Short Quote Embedded/Integrated Insertion Models: This is not a paragraph; this is an 
excerpt of a paragraph. This is an Embedded/Integrated Model. In this case, your quote 
selections are not complete sentences. Rather, they are phrases from quotes that have been 
integrated into your own sentences. When you embed a quote, make sure that your sentence 
does not become a comma splice (two sentences joined by a comma) or a run-on. You should still 
identify the speaker, and the context should be clear either in a preceding sentence or the 
sentence where the quote appears. Your commentary should also appear with or after the quote. 
There are no colons in this type of quote insertion. Do not indent quote insertions. They are 
exercises, not essays. 
After visiting the Radley porch, Scout sees her adventure as “no small feat”(12;ch.12). She can only 
“imagine what Atticus would say if he saw his pale, shaken children”(12; ch.2). As always, Scout sees her 
own life through the eyes of her father and judges whether he would approve of their actions. In this case, 
Atticus would frown upon their attempts to bother the neighborhood eccentric. 
Other Rules to Remember: 
If you trim a portion of your quote selection, you must use an ellipsis with brackets to show that 
you and not the author made a cut. […] A plain … is what will appear if the ellipsis is in the text. 
Avoid over-using […]. Once maybe…but twice—think again and use a different kind of quote 
insertion to keep the quote more intact. 
When you embed in an essay, you are writing in 3rd
 person. That means that you have to change 
any 1st
 or 2nd
 person references using a bracket “I walked,” becomes “[He] walked.” Again, don’t 
over-use this practice.