English 2 Honors

Course Description

In this two-semester course, students will analyze literary nonfiction, fiction, speeches, graphic novels, and selections of art and philosophy to more deeply understand historic, global, and local atrocity as well as the human capacity for resilience and agency over choices. Each unit consists of four parts: a close reading of supplementary texts, an anchor text, a cornerstone assessment grounded in real-world application, and an AP-style written unit assessment. The curriculum is challenging and rigorous, but also engaging and thorough. It is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement level coursework in their junior and senior year.

Anchor Texts:

  • Antigone by Sophocles (summer homework)
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe

NOTE: Supplementary texts will include poetry, philosophy, primary source documents and non-fiction articles and current events relevant to the overarching themes found in our anchor texts.

For detailed assignments, materials, resources, and class announcements, please refer to your class’s Google Classroom.

Calendar of Upcoming Due Dates