Course Expectations



Southern Wayne High School English Department

English II / Mr. Hemenway

Introduction Letter to Parents / Guardians

Class Overview

English Language Arts II has three focal points: world literature, writing, and research. The first point is difficult for some students as the setting and characters of the texts may seem quite alien. However, through effort put forth by both the students and the teacher, students will come to see the unity of the human experience, a valuable insight given the global community in which we live. Due to the state mandated End of Course Assessment, we will spend much of our time analyzing texts. These texts will be comprised of literature, nonfiction writing and poetry. Visual literacy is also of the utmost importance, especially in this era; therefore we will spend time analyzing forms of visual media. Also stressed within the Common Core Curriculum is writing; students will learn how to compose essays through frequent planning and composition. The final point, research, is inextricably linked to good writing, thus we will focus on obtaining the best possible resources in order to make a strong argument in both writing and debating.

Contact Information

·         Email:

·         School number: (919) 705-6060 Ext. 4289

·         Planning: 1st Period

 Fridays are available for conferences and remediation. 

Supplies List

·         A 3-ring binder, paper placed in the 3-ring binder, pens and pencils

Progress Reports

·         Issued every three weeks

Grade Scale

·         A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), F (Below 60)

Grade Breakdown

·         Tests – 40%                                                                                                                

·         Quizzes – 25%

·         Classwork / Homework 20%

·         Journals 15%                                                                           

Major Texts

1984 by George Orwell, Watchmen by Alan Moore, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Anthem by Ayn Rand, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Rules and Expectations

·       Students are expected to show up to class on time and prepared every day.

·       Students having more than six (6) unexcused absences are in immediate jeopardy of not receiving credit for the course. Students must be present for a minimum of one hour in order to be counted present for the class period. Students have five (5) days to turn in makeup work immediately upon their return to school.       

·       School policies will be enforced by the instructor.

·       A more detailed overview of rules and expectations will be discussed during the first week of school. This will be accompanied by a handout given to all students which will reinforce school and classroom policies. 

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