English II Unit Proficiencies

 

 

Students will be able to…

 

Quarter I

 

Literature

 

Unit IAnglo-Saxon: Beowulf

  1. Explain Beowulf’s place in the oral tradition.
  2. Identify the Christian values inherent in the story.
  3. Recognize the way in which an author communicates tone.
  4. Identify the characteristics of heroes and villains.
  5. Assess the influence of a translator on tone and content.
  6. Take and defend a position about human’s need for heroes.
  7. Compare and contrast the concepts of good and evil to present-day concepts

 

 

Unit IIMedieval England: The Canterbury Tales

  1. Recognize the characters in the Prologue of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, as portraits of medieval society.
  2. Examine the narrative structure and its relation to Chaucer’s tone.
  3. Categorize and reorder the members of medieval society according to social class, wealth, morality and appearance.
  4. Draw conclusions about Chaucer’s opinions of his contemporaries.
  5. Explore one selection of The Canterbury Tales for the moral of the tale and the relationship between the teller and the tale.

 

Unit III: The English Renaissance: Macbeth

  1. Identify and analyze the characters, symbols and actions in The Tragedy of Macbeth.
  2. Explain the elements of Shakespearean drama.
  3. Examine the relationship between Shakespeare’s purpose and the plot.
  4. Judge the characters’ actions in light of Christian values.
  5. Relate the themes of Macbeth to modern society.

 

Writing

Construct an analytical essay.

 

Grammar

  1. Explain the difference between active and passive voice.
  2. Employ active voice in composition.

 

Quarter II

 

Literature

 

Unit III: The English Renaissance: Macbeth (conclude)

  1. Identify and analyze the characters, symbols and actions in The Tragedy of Macbeth.
  2. Explain the elements of Shakespearean drama.
  3. Examine the relationship between Shakespeare’s purpose and the plot.
  4. Judge the characters’ actions in light of Christian values.
  5. Relate the themes of Macbeth to modern society.

 

 

Unit IV: The Sonnet

  1. Identify the structure of Italian and English sonnets.
  2. Explore selected poems for imagery.
  3. Determine a sonnet’s purpose, message and tone.

     

Writing

  1. Practice writing topic sentences for the body paragraphs of essays.
  2. Construct an analytical essay.

 

Grammar

Identify misplaced modifiers.

 

 

Quarter III

 

Literature

 

Unit V:  17th & 18th Century England

  1. Identify the characteristics of metaphysical, puritan and cavalier poetry.
  2. Analyze representative poems.
  3. Determine how historical events impact an author’s tone, style and imagery.
  4. Define satire and irony and draw conclusions about an author’s intended effect.
  5. Explore the origin and use of social commentary.

 

Unit VI:  Romanticism

  1. Understand the history of the early 19th century as it pertains to the Romantic Movement.
  2. Examine the characteristics of the Romantic Movement.
  3. Read and analyze representative poems.

 

Unit VII: Frankenstein

  1. Examine essential elements of the novel.
  2. Analyze the characters of Victor Frankenstein and the creature.
  3. Identify the characteristics of a gothic novel.
  4. Understand the novel as a product of its author and of the Romantic Movement.
  5. Evaluate the universality of the themes communicated in the novel.
  6. Discuss the responsibilities inherent in scientific discovery.

 

 

Writing

  1. Collaborate effectively with peers to write and deliver oral presentations.
  2. Write a descriptive or narrative essay.

 

Grammar

  1. Correct weak, unclear, ambiguous and general references.
  2. Demonstrate improvement on PSAT practice tests.

 

 

Quarter IV

 

Literature

 

Unit VIII

  1. Discuss the Victorian Age and its relation to history.
  2. Explain the issues represented in the literature and art of the period.
  3. Analyze “My Last Duchess,” and a variety of other Victorian poems.

 

Unit IX

1.      Understand the influence of historical events on the society of the twentieth century.     

2.      Discuss the emergence of twentieth century literature, its themes and structures.

 

Writing

  1. Demonstrate skill in composing an analytical essay.
  2. Compose an essay in response to a SAT prompt.

 

Grammar

Demonstrate mastery on the PSAT Practice Writing Exam.