• ENGLISH II  HONORS FALL 2015                                                                                                                             openbooks

    Ms. Zepp  Room 423
    Room 423 
    Email: kmzepp@wsfcs.k12.nc.us  
    Class Website: https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/9763


    Students in English II Honors read, discuss, and write about classical and contemporary world literature in a cultural context to appreciate the diversity and complexity of world issues and to connect global ideas to their own experiences. Students will continue to explore language and writing for narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion/argumentative and narrative purposes. Research skills will be exhibited in written and oral presentations. In addition to reading and writing, we will complete grammar work daily and weekly vocabulary exercises. Because this is an honors level course, students can expect to work in greater depth and more independently on challenging texts. Please be prepared for a lot of independent reading and frequent homework assignments as we prepare for the final EOC exam in this course. It will be an exciting and challenging semester!


    üTo critically interpret and evaluate multi-cultural experiences, literature, language, and ideas

    üTo demonstrate understanding of select world literature through interpretation and analysis

    üTo evaluate problems, examine cause/effect relationships, and answer research questions to inform an audience

    üTo move effectively through the stages of the writing process with careful attention to brainstorming, drafting, peer review, revising, editing, and publishing

    üTo contribute to class discussions through careful listening and speaking

    üTo apply conventions of grammar and language usage in writing and in speech



    üOne three-ring binder  (no smaller than one inch) with divider tabs

    üLoose- leaf, college-ruled paper


    üBox of tissues



    üBe exceptional! Do everything to the best of your ability. Strive to be creative and to push yourself. The more engaged you are, the better your grade will be in the class and the more you will get out of the course.

    üWe are in English class to strengthen our writing and critical thinking skills, not to practice our social skills. You are expected to keep conversations not relevant to class, outside of the classroom.

    üOnly friendly, positive & supportive behavior and actions are allowed in our classroom. Be kind.

    üUnderstand that you are accountable for your actions. Please behave like a responsible young adult. Please comply with all teacher requests promptly and politely.

    üBe in your seat and ready to start class when the bell rings.

    üBathroom passes are for emergencies only. The only time you may ask to leave the room is during individual or group work. Do not interrupt instruction or class discussion.

    üKeep your notebook organized, complete all assignments diligently and quietly, and come to class fully prepared to participate. Yes, you will have homework assignments.

    üDrinks are allowed, but need to be in a container with a lid.

    üFood is not allowed in our classroom. If you are eating in class, you will be asked to throw your food away.

    üAll classroom materials, furniture and property are to be treated with respect. 

    üKeep your hands to yourself. Horseplay and intentionally harmful behavior are treated the same way.

    üGuests in our classroom are always treated with respect. Please remain quiet during any announcements or when the phone rings.

    üPlease follow all school rules while in our class.

    üFailure to adhere to these rules will result in disciplinary action. For most offenses you will be given a friendly reminder of the rules before I make a call home to speak with a guardian. If you continue to violate classroom rules, or engage in any harmful or disrespectful behavior, you will be sent to the office with a disciplinary referral.


    üBeing present in class is extremely important. With the exception of emergencies or sickness, you are expected to be present each day. Please remember that you cannot pass the class with 10 or more absences.

    üIf you miss a class, it is your responsibility to see me before or after school to discuss makeup work assignments and time frames. Please do not approach me during or at the start of class to ask what you have missed.

    üI will accept missing and make-up work for excused absences only. You can expect to have one make-up day per missed class period. I will not accept missing or late work once we move on from a unit of study.



    You may not use or display your cell phone in our class. I will give you one courtesy reminder about this rule before I collect your cell phone for the remainder of class. You will be responsible for both turning in and collecting your cell phone at the end of class. If there are times when I ask the class to bring or use personal devices for research or writing purposes, you must connect to the school Wi-Fi (as outlined in the BYOD policy). This is the only acceptable use of a cell phone in our class.


    Class Website/ Student Portal

    Our class website contains many helpful resources. Please familiarize yourself with the information that is available there, most significantly: the online textbook, the assignments page, and the MLA formatting and research guidelines. You should also either download the PowerSchool App to your phone or learn how to access the portal from the school website. You are responsible for keeping track of your progress.

    School Email

    Please log on to your school email account within the first week of class. I will expect communication from you to come through this email account. You also have free access to the Microsoft Office Suite through your school email account J. Your email address is the first four letters of your first name, the first four letters of your last name, and the last four digits of your student number at wsfcsstudents.net (for example katizepp5678@wsfcsstudents.net). You will be prompted to create a password upon your first visit.


    You will turn in all major writing assignments on Turnitin.com. You will need to set up an account using the directions provided. Your class code is ___________________. Your access code is ___________________.

    Remind 101

    Please sign up for Remind 101 so that you can receive helpful reminders and announcements via text. Parents, you too can sign up for these free, anonymous text reminders from me. Simply text _______ to _______ in order to sign up.  I will send reminders about homework assignments, due dates, or important events.


    Dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.  Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic discipline, such as an “F” grade on the assignment, exam, and/or in the course and potentially other disciplinary action. We will review the guidelines for MLA formatting and citations and use turnitin.com for major assignments. It is expected that you turn in all major assignments using this format so as to avoid plagiarism.


    Your grade in this class will be composed of the 1st and 2nd quarter averages and the final exam grade. I grade on a point scale. Major tests and projects will be worth 100 points. Classwork, quizzes, homework assignments and other minor grades can range anywhere from 10-50 points. You are encouraged to make use of office hours if you would like additional assistance and should utilize email as a method of communication with me when we are not in class. Extra credit will be given in special circumstances, but not to those who have missing assignments.




    Materials/ Class Activities

    Major Writing Tasks & Projects


    Course Introduction


    -          Overview of syllabus

    -          Introduction to MLA formatting and citation guidelines

    -          Daily Grammar Practice Overview


    DGP Diagnostic Test

    Cultural Context Introduction


    Classical and Ancient Texts

    -          The Hero’s Journey  

    -          The Epic of Gilgamesh

    -          The Iiad

    -          The Analects & The Tao Te Ching

    -          Siddhartha


    Hero’s Journey Presentation

    Compare and Contrast Paper

    African and Middle Eastern Literature

    -          Speeches & Accounts

    -          Things Fall Apart

    Thematic Analysis Paper

    Latin American Literature

    -          Poetry- Paz, Neruda, Mistral

    -          Short Stories- Allende, Garcia-Marquez


    Research Paper


    Russian and Eastern European Literature

    -          The Metamorphosis

    -          Night

    -          Short Stories- Chekov, Tolstoy


    Socratic Seminar

    Narrative Writing



    -          Oedipus Rex

    -          A Doll’s House

    -          Julius Cesar

    Only one or a portion of one of these plays will be studied and performed.

    * Due to block scheduling, some units may be shortened or altered to meet time restraints.