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English 2

English 2

Course Description

As per the Texas Education Agency: “The English language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) embody the interconnected nature of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking through the seven integrated strands of developing and sustaining foundational language skills; comprehension; response; multiple genres; author's purpose and craft; composition; and inquiry and research. The strands focus on academic oracy (proficiency in oral expression and comprehension), authentic reading, and reflective writing to ensure a literate Texas. The strands are integrated and progressive with students continuing to develop knowledge and skills with increased complexity and nuance in order to think critically and adapt to the ever-evolving nature of language and literacy.” For more information on English II TEKS, visit


Unit and Text Type

Culminating Task

Foundation Unit: Who Changes the World?

Topical Text Set: Informational, Group Research

Group Research and Presentation, Reflective Essay

Telling Stories 

Genre Text Set: Short Fiction and Nonfiction Narratives 

Original Narrative 

Things Fall Apart

World Literature: Novel

Explanatory Essay


World Literature: Drama, Informational, and Argumentative Texts

Argumentative Essay

Application Unit

Student-Driven Research Project

Research Portfolio and Group Presentation


Classroom Expectations— these are behaviors I expect from you everyday and behaviors you should expect from each other and from me. 

  • Read
  • Write
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Be nice; make it right
  • When the teacher is teaching — look and listen  

Class Facts— these are simple absolute truths in my classroom; understanding them will help you make wise decisions

  • Plagiarism or any other form of cheating always results in an unrecoverable zero on the assignment. This applies to all participants in the cheating. It applies whether it’s a minor grade or a major grade. (Plagiarism is taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. Self-plagiarism is still plagiarism.)
  • Due dates are due dates. Any assignment or project turned in after the due date will be deducted 10% for each school day the assignment or project is overdue; assignments will be accepted no later than five days beyond the original due date.

Grading this is information on my implementation of Kingsville ISD Grading Guidelines 2021-2022; understanding this will help you make wise decisions

For each quarter, I will take 12 minor grades and 3 major grades. Minor grades are worth 60% of the quarter and major grades are worth 40%. This means that in a 100 point scale each minor grade is worth 5 points, and each major grade is worth 13.3 points. 

Major grades will be tests, essays, and projects. Minor grades will include daily work, quizzes, response paragraphs, graphic organizers, etc. Rigor and length or time for assignment determines whether assignment is valued as a major or minor grade.