Honors English Literature & Composition 2

With Advanced Placement English classes on the horizon, this asynchronous class offers a solid pre-AP grounding. Through analytical reading, engaging discussions, and targeted essay writing, you'll delve deeply into the souls of literary characters and into the minds of the writers who created them. Beginning with Old English Beowulf and ending with a piece of equally imaginative literature written during your lifetime, you and your classmates will explore the many facets that equip novels, plays, short stories, and poems to stand the test of time--moving you emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

A Lift to Lit Analysis

By now, you're a mature reader, and you realize that the author’s intent and what you absorb from the content may be quite different. In our weekly classroom discussion forums--where you will post your opinions and consider your classmates’ and your instructor's additional points of view--your perspective will be broadened. Writing essays about what you read will challenge you to think deeply.


And everything you do in Honors English 2 will be purposeful. You will quickly see that there is never any busywork in your class. A variety of resources, assignments, and discussions interweave to help you hone your skills in the areas you need it the most. Beginning with identifying the simplest simile, you will quickly move to appreciate the reasons writers use extended metaphors, motifs, and much more. And the annotation skills you'll learn will help you excavate your way to becoming a more discerning reader and writer. 

Pump Up Your Writing

Honors English 2 is a course for students who feel comfortable composing and editing multi-paragraph essays that apply sound grammar conventions, arguable thesis statements, a variety of sentence structures and word choices, and topic/closing sentences. This will be our starting point. Short and efficient grammar and vocabulary exercises will avoid a rehash of what you already know. These assignments will be designed to pump up your writing--as will the detailed feedback you’ll receive from your instructor on each essay you write. And you and your classmates won't simply be writing to an audience of "one." You be sharing your ideas and strategies with a friendly group of students in helpful writing forums. These combined assignments, exercises, and discussions will help prepare you for both the writing portions of both the SAT and ACT--as will tailored assignments geared expressly towards fine tuning for those college placement exams. 

Enjoy Reading and Writing Poetry

And what English course would be complete without a jaunt through the green, fragrant pastures of poetry! Instead of a separate unit buried deep within a literature framework, you will enjoy weekly exposure to reading, writing, and--most importantly--understand this sometimes-daunting art form. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to spot figurative language and other literary devices in a Mark Twain novel after you’ve taken apart a poem by Ogden Nash.


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