Honors English 2

Coming Up This Week...

  • Students have a literary analysis essay covering the novel, Things Fall Apart, due on Wednesday, February 17th.
  • We began a discussion of Why Shakespeare? last Friday. Students will continue to prepare for Hamlet by doing a WebQuest about Shakespeare and Hamlet on Wednesday, February 18th.
  • MakerSpace Assignment Presentations begin on Thursday, February 18th. I'm excited to see the finalized work as the project allowed students to produce or create something related to their interests that demonstrates the cultural collision of a character from Things Fall Apart.
  • Reminder: I will be hosting a England & Scotland '17 informational meeting on Thursday, February 18th in the OE Community Room from 6-7pm. Please let me know or have your student inform me if you will be in attendance!
  • Students will need a copy of Hamlet (preferably published by Penguin Classics) by Friday, February 19th. This is available for check-out at the LRC.

Next on the Agenda...

Unit 4: Dramatic Justice


In this unit, students continue to explore the ideas of justice and character. Two essential questions focus their attention on the skills and knowledge presented and assessed in the unit:

· How can one communicate characterization through oral interpretation?

· How do complex characters advance the plot and develop the themes of a drama?


Two performance-based tasks, called Embedded Assessments, give students an opportunity to demonstrate their new learning in the skills of presenting research and analyzing literature. Specifically,

· Embedded Assessment 1 asks students to present an oral interpretation after researching a monologue that conveys a complex character.

· Embedded Assessment 2 asks students to write an essay analyzing the effect of character interaction in the play Antigone.

In both cases, students demonstrate their ability to analyze and present information.

Developing Skills and Knowledge for the Assessments

Throughout the unit, students engage in activities in which they use strategies such as SMELL and marking the text to practice the important skills of analyzing a text, close reading, and oral presentation. Students analyze and respond to a variety of texts such as a monologue from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and the play Antigone by Sophocles.

Students’ vocabulary study concentrates on academic vocabulary of presenting research and literary analysis, such as criteria and advance, and vocabulary specific to literary study such as direct/indirect characterization, ode, and foil.

Helping Your Child

Help your child reflect on and focus his or her learning by asking the following questions:

· What did you learn today? What texts did you read, discuss, and respond to in writing? What strategies did you use during your reading, discussing, and writing?

· What did you learn today that will help you succeed on the upcoming Embedded Assessment? What do you still need to practice?

You may also find it helpful to read through the Embedded Assessments (particularly the Scoring Guides) and to note the Learning Targets that are located at the beginning of each unit activity.