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English II - Pre-International Baccalaureate
Mr. Bradley Room # 4-104
Course Information Sheet
International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a
better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of
international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that
other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Course Objectives Increase students literary analytical abilities
Enhance perception of motifs, language, figurative language, and other literary techniques
Improve students writing, speaking, and listening skills
Improve students vocabulary and analogy skills
Reinforce study skills
Fulfill the prescriptive program as set forth by the International Baccalaureate (IB) office
Prepare students for nationwide, state, and IB testing
Course Outline Students analyze features such as plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, figurative language and authors purpose and
style when reading the following works:
Semester I The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
o Scribner, ISBN-13: 9780743273565
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage o Norton, ISBN-13: 9780393334159)
Film Techniques and Analysis o Selected film clips, selections will be provided.
Semester II Poetry and Sonnets
o Selections will be provided to the students.
Macbeth, William Shakespeare o Folger Shakespeare Library, Simon and Schuster ISBN-13: 9780743477109
1984, George Orwell o Penguin, ISBN-13: 9780451524935
Mythology, Edith Hamilton o Warner Books, ISBN-13: 9780446607254
Writing Assignments All written work, including rough drafts, must be double spaced and written in blue or black ink on wide-ruled, loose-leaf
paper. Final drafts of essays and journals MUST be typed on and printed from a word processor and double-spaced. Writing
assignments will be graded to reflect the quality of the paper as a whole. Emphasis is placed on four areas: content - the
originality of critical thought and insight into the literary work(s); style - diction, tone, voice, and variety of sentence
structure; structure - the organizational pattern of the paper; and mechanics - spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Dialectical Journals: Journals will contain personal responses to specific passages and questions related to the novels being
read in class. These assignments help generate class discussion and serve as a springboard for essay writing. Therefore, it is
imperative that they are completed thoroughly and with as much thought as possible. The grading of journals is based on
completion, organization, and utilization of critical thinking and individual response. Specific instructions about these
journals will follow.
Required Material These materials must be with you in class on the days we meet.
assigned literature book
1 inch binder with pockets and 5 - 10 dividers
loose-leaf notebook paper
pens with blue or black ink (work done in other colors will not be accepted)
highlighters and/or colored pencils (for marking texts and commentaries)
a red pen (for feedback and evaluation purposes)
a small stapler with staples (recommended)
small index cards and post-it notes
a computer disk or portable USB drive for backing up and transporting typed assignments o Note: I highly recommend that my students sign up for a free cloud-based storage service such as iCloud, Google
Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox. These are highly useful and accessible and help to guard against accidental data losses
due to computer failures and the like.
Grades The following assessments are used to generate grades:
formal critical essays and commentaries; other forms of writing of varying lengths
oral presentation, projects and discussions
dialectical and reader response journals
reading quizzes and vocabulary tests
outside reading and research
Please note the county grading scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F. Students are strongly encouraged to
keep track of their own grades.
If there is ever a grade discrepancy concerning a test, an appointment must be scheduled to discuss the matter within the two week
period after the test is returned. Appointments may be made during the teacher prescription or coaching periods or after school. The
same is true for extra-help sessions. If there is no discrepancy, but a student wants to review a test as a means of improvement, the
student may come at any time since teacher help is not necessary. Students receiving a D or an F on any test are strongly encouraged
to review their test.
Report cards will be distributed at the end of every nine-week grading period. Grades are also posted in Focus.
*A Note About Plagiarism and Cheating To plagiarize is to present another persons words or ideas as if they were your own. Cheating is the giving or receiving of
test information before or during test administration. This includes A day students telling B day students test information.
Both of these are serious offenses that will not be tolerated. Any violation of the class honor code will result in a zero on the
assignment with no possibility of a makeup. Students may use reference material, but credit must be given to the referenced
author. See your instructor if there are any questions regarding the documenting of sources. Note: Papers will randomly be
submitted to a search engine that checks for plagiarism.
Late Work Assignments must be completed prior to the class for which it is due for full credit. Each day (day, NOT session) that an
assignment is late, one letter grade is deducted. After two late days, a zero is given. This policy is strictly enforced. Late work
should be placed in to the Late Work Folder for your period with no disruption to the class in progress.
Tardies and Absences Students on-time arrival and consistent attendance are vital to academic success. These steps are taken in the event of
tardies: 1st offense = warning, 2nd offense = loss of break privileges between periods, 3rd offense = 40 minute detention, 4th
offense = office referral. Please be aware that if a student is in attendance at anytime during a class period, he or she is
responsible for the work due or testing done during that period. If you know you will be late to class, have a written note
from the person who detained you (even if they tell you that you dont need one).
The IB and county absence policy is followed concerning absences. Five full absences may result in the failure of this course.
Please note, if you return to class on the day an assignment is due, and that assignment was prior knowledge, you must turn in
the work on that day. Likewise, if you return on a test day that was previously announced, you will be required to take the
test. If there are extenuating circumstances, please see the instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternatives.
Make-up Work If a student is absent or suspended, the arrangement for make-up work is the students responsibility. Make-up work may be
scheduled at the teachers convenience during or after school. Students will normally have the number of days absent to
make-up work except in extenuating circumstances.
Teacher Absences As an instructor, I will be absent from class on some occasions. In the event that a substitute is teaching my class, all of the
rules still apply, and instruction is not interrupted. We have very capable substitutes, and I expect them to be treated with the
Passes to Leave Class Students should attempt to take care of all of their personal business in between classes, at lunch, during coaching, or outside
of school hours. If a student has a medical problem and needs to leave the room frequently, please provide a doctors note;
allowances will be made.
Classroom Information English II in the IB program is a challenging course. Accept the challenge, and the rewards will be innumerable.
I am here to help you develop as a student. If you have any questions regarding any writing, reading, or literary concepts,
please dont hesitate to ask for assistance.
It is imperative that you keep track of your grade at all times. Should you wish to discuss your grade, please schedule an
appointment with me before or after school or during my prescription period.
Classroom Rules -Follow all rules in the Students Code of Conduct. -Respect others and yourself.
-Be IN your seat WHEN the bell rings. -Bring materials to class every day.
-Work to your full potential.
Positive Consequences: Negative Consequences: -positive comments on report card -verbal warning on 1st offense
-respect from teacher and peers -phone call home on 2nd offense
-phone call of praise to parents -office referral on 3rd offense.
-decreased study time outside of class
Final Note Academic success can more easily be achieved