English II Syllabus

Sara Rühl

English II Syllabus

English II focuses on world literature and writing. The following information will help you better understand how the class will operate, what material will be covered, and what will be expected of you, the student.

 Contact Information

If concerns or questions arise, feel free to contact me via the following methods:

  • Email – sararuhl@wcps.org ßThis is the BEST method for contacting me, as I check my email regularly.
  • Phone – 919.751.7120. My planning period is from 8:30-9:30, but if that time is inconvenient to call, leave a message, and I will get back to you.
  • Website – Go to http://ewh330.waynecountyschools.org/, click Class Websites, click Sara Ruhl (homework, test dates, and journal topics are updated weekly)


  • 3 Ring Binder (1” or 1 ½”)
  • College-Ruled Notebook Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Highlighters (Suggested)

 Course Goals, Objectives, & Basic Framework

Students will cover a variety of topics in English II during the upcoming semester. They will read, analyze, and critique fiction and nonfiction texts, develop writing skills to appropriately address a variety of audiences for personal and objective purposes, and use standard conventions and language to better adapt their own personal writing styles. The class culminates with the English II EOC exam, which is 25% of a student’s overall grade. The test consists of multiple choice questions on reading comprehension and analysis and open-ended questions that require written responses. This is a mandatory exam for all 10th grade students.  

  • Reading – Students will read fiction and nonfiction pieces from various cultures and different parts of the world for a range of comprehension and analytical purposes. They will read an assortment of works, including short stories, novels, dramas, articles, poetry, informational texts, and an epic.
  • Writing – Students will study narrative, literary, and informative writing. They will learn to adapt their writing styles depending on the intended audience. Student writing assignments will consist of literary analysis, constructed response, creative writing, journals, and essays. Formal writing assignments must be typed. Students will have an opportunity to type a final draft in class; however, it is their responsibility to be at school that day.
  • Vocabulary – Students will complete vocabulary lessons weekly to broaden their vocabularies. A well-developed vocabulary aids in understanding more complex readings, allows a student to use appropriate words when writing, and helps when preparing for standardized testing (including on college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT). Vocabulary will consist of being introduced to words at the start of the week, completing small, related tasks throughout the week, and taking a quiz at the end of the week. Prior words will be incorporated into later word lists for review.
  • Journals – Students will express thoughts through weekly journals. Journals will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday of that week. The prompts may be related to class readings, currents events, holidays, or general subject matters. A journal response should be at least half of a page (to the 2nd hole punch) on a sheet of college-ruled paper or 15 lines on a sheet of wide-ruled paper. Any lines skipped or used to copy the prompt should be made up with additional lines. Please be aware that journals are private and are not shared with other students without permission.

Class Expectations

  • Be respectful to others and yourself (this guideline includes cheating – do not cheat in this class on any assignment, or you will receive a zero for that grade).
  • Always put forth your best efforts.
  • Bring materials to class every day.
  • Follow all school policies and procedures.

 Progress Reports & Graded Work

Progress reports and graded work will be sent home throughout each nine week period. Student grades will be updated regularly and available to students and parents online. This information should be used as a tool to help students succeed. Student grades will be divided into the following categories:

  • Tests, Major Papers, and Projects (50%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Classwork (15%)
  • Journals (10%)
  • Homework (5%).

Extra credit is not available unless I announce it in class; please do not ask me for extra credit. Doing the assigned work will alleviate the need for extra credit.

 Notebook Organization

Students are required to take all notes given in class and are expected to keep all handouts. In order to ensure they keep their notes and to improve organizational skills, students will take a “notebook test” at the end of each nine weeks. Students will be instructed how to organize their notebooks on the first day of school.

 Make Up Work & Attendance

It is important that students are at school to receive the lesson firsthand. If a student is absent, missed work is kept at the front of the room in a labeled folder; missing notes can be emailed to the student’s wcpsstudent.org email account at the student’s request. He or she may also copy notes from another student in class. Students cannot learn the material if they are not present. Those with perfect attendance for the semester will be awarded two percentage points on their average for the second grading period. An excused absence still counts as an absence.

 Student Emails & Remind

Students need to check their email (@wcpsstudent.org account) regarding classwork, tests, etc. if we have inclement weather. I will use email in such cases to update students about assignments whenever possible. Please sign up for Remind to receive texts or emails about important assignments and changes in due dates!  

 I will work to keep parents and students updated during the year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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