Students in World Literature II (previously known as Sophomore English) study Western literature. The sequence of readings is generally is chronological, by time period.
In the fall semester, readings include literature from the Classical and medieval periods. In the second semester, students read from the Renaissance, as well as from the Rationalist, Romantic, Realist, Modernist and Contemporary periods.
While literature -- and associated reading skills -- is the organizational focus of the class, strong emphasis is also placed on writing skills. Essay writing is stressed, along with other forms of writing. Mini-lessons and model essays are used to instruct writing skills. Editing and revision comments on returned papers serve as private instruction, as they point out a student's individual needs; students are encouraged to make effort to learn from these corrections and to otherwise take an active role in the improvement of their writing skills.
In addition to reading and writing, the class also focuses on critical thinking, listening and speaking skills, along with the use of technology as an aid in research, writing and reading.
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Periods in Western Art and Literature
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The following chart provides an idea of the types of assignments in this course and the weighting of different types of assessments in
each marking period or semester; from year to year, assignments – hence percentages – will change, depending on class needs,
learning opportunities and more. Note that each semester represents an average of both first and second marking periods.
SEMESTER ONE MP3 SEMESTER TWO MP1 % of MP % of MP % of MP % of MP
1 HW - Homework 20.0% 15.0% 12.0% 9.2% 2 QUIZ - Quizzes 30.0% 20.0% 20.0% 20.8% 13 TIMED WRTG - In-Class Essays 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 23 CLASSWORK - Classwork 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 9.2% 33 EXT WRTG - Extended Writing Assignments 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 53 EXAM - FINAL EXAM -- m.c. and essay 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 20.0% 63 TIMEDWRTG - new in-class essays 0.0% 27.0% 29.0% 26.4% 73 EXTWRTG - new extended writing 0.0% 28.0% 29.0% 14.4%
Totals: 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%