• Greenville Technical Charter High School

    English II

    Course Syllabus 2020-2021

    (Remote Edition)


    Ken Gillespie

    E-mail: kgillespie@staff.gtchs.org


    Course description: 


    In English II, students will gain an understanding of world literary perspectives from their readings, group work, class/Socratic discussions, and writings. In addition to literary study, students will be exposed to various compositional modes, including narrative, persuasive, expository, poetic, and others as time permits.

    Texts (provided):


    • All texts for reading assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.


    Required Materials:

    • Access to Google Classroom for assignments to be handed in;
    • Access to Zoom for class meetings;
    • Flash drive for saving work (if needed).


    Classroom Routines:

    • Office Hours:
      • Mondays via email 11:00 am – 1:pm
      • Thursdays via email 11:00 am – 1:pm
      • Fridays live on Zoom 8:00 am – 9:15 am
    • If you miss a synchronous class, you have five (5) school days (not class meetings) after your return to make up missed work. No make-up work will be accepted after this time.
    • You will receive an invitation to join Google Classroom. Check your email and join with your school email as soon as possible. Be sure to include a valid email for your parent/guardian.
    • Assignments are due at the assigned time; ten (10) points per day late will be deducted for major assignments.  Late homework will receive half credit if the assignment is turned in the next school day.


    GTCHS Remote Learning Routines


    • Provide your full name when joining a Zoom meeting.
    • Activate mute when you are not speaking.
    • Your video must remain on during synchronous instruction.
    • Restroom breaks are for emergencies only and should not happen often.
    • Absolutely no phones or other electronic devices are to be used during synchronous instruction.
    • There should be no eating or drinking during synchronous instruction.
    • Student attire should not distract others from learning.
    • Find a stable location for synchronous instruction (your background should not be distracting).
    • Sit up and pay attention.
    • Treat everyone with respect.




    Major assignments (papers, projects, presentations): 30%

    Minor assignments (short essays): 30%

    Daily work (reading assignments, questions, quizzes): 40%


    General Course Overview (subject to change):


    • Grammar/writing lessons as needed
    • Reading assignments
    • Writing assignments
    • Independent reading log
    • Focused writing/research/project days


    Unit One: Fiction

    • We will read a variety of short stories to investigate how and why authors develop plot, setting, characterization, narration, symbolism, and irony.


    Unit Two: Nonfiction

    • We will read a variety of nonfiction texts to investigate how persuasion is used and how effective arguments are crafted.


    Unit Three: Information

    • We will refine the skills we need to be critical consumers of information.


    Unit Four: Research

    • We will dedicate a few weeks to this unit to work through benchmarks and revise drafts before submitting a final research paper.


    Unit Five: Drama

    • We will be reading various dramatic works and discussing how theater has evolved over time.


    Unit Six: Poetry

    • We will apply to poetry some of the concepts we discussed in units one and two. We will examine various works of poetry, including modern song lyrics, to explore the power of poetic devices.


       If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.  I’m looking forward to a great year. Thanks!