EW202 (English 2)


English II

Course Syllabus

Beijing Royal School

COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 2 is a Language Arts course that requires students to analyze literature, literary nonfiction, speeches, and multimedia sources. The emphasis of the course is World Literature; American pieces are included to provide counterpoints as they relate to the themes and targeted objectives. As students explore global literary fiction and nonfiction, they learn how cultural context impacts the themes and styles of the different pieces, but also how many aspects of the human experience are universal and transcend time and place. The course provides many opportunities for students to hone their language and vocabulary skills using authentic literary texts as models. Students use graphic organizers, checklists, and rubrics to evaluate and improve their reading, writing, language and presentation skills.


  • Read, comprehend and analyze a variety of literature, including stories, dramas, and poems with proficiency.
  • Read, comprehend and analyze a variety of literary nonfiction with proficiency.
  • Write routinely over a variety of time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Evaluate multiple sources of information representing various formats including multimedia, written, oral, visual, and graphic information, looking at credibility, accuracy, reasoning, point of view, and supporting evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience and task.
  • Create presentations integrating a variety of digital media formats.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • Use a range of strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.
  • PREREQUISITES: English I or 9th grade English equivalent
  • COURSE LENGTH: Two Semesters
  • REQUIRED TEXT: Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • MATERIALS LIST: No required materials for this course.
  • Module I: Self-Concept
  • Section A – Who Defines Me?
  • Section B – Why Will They Remember Me?
  • Section C – What’s Your Path?
  • Section D – Does Where Matter?
  • Module II: Influences
  • Section A – What Do I Value?
  • Section B – What Choice Do I Make?
  • Section C – Why Do We Remember?
  • Section D – How Does Our Attitude Shape Us?
  • Module III: Values
  • Section A – Where Do Values Come From?
  • Section B – Where Can Pride Lead Us?
  • Section C – What is the Truth?
  • Section D – What is the Future?
  • Module IV: Decisions
  • Section A – Where Do You Stand?
  • Section B – What Defines Your Role?
  • Section C – How Do You Handle Events out of Your Control?
  • Section D – What Happens When You are Out of Your Element?
  • Module V: Perspectives
  • Section A – What’s the Right Thing to Do?
  • Section B – Where Do You Find Truth?
  • Section C – How Does Your Perspective Shape Your Identity?
  • Semester A Exam
  • Module VI: Happiness
  • Section A – How Important Are Our Surroundings?
  • Section B – Is the Grass Always Greener?
  • Section C – Does Money Buy Happiness?
  • Section D – How Do You Contribute to the Welfare of Others?
  • Module VII: The People
  • Section A – What Ideals Support the People?
  • Section B – What Causes Conflict Between People?
  • Section C – How Do People’s Motivations Change?
  • Section D – Is There Danger in Democracy?
  • Module VIII: Leaders
  • Section A – What Makes a Leader?
  • Section B – How Do Leaders Follow Their Consciences?
  • Section C – Are You a Leader?
  • Module IX: Consequences
  • Section A – What Are the Consequences of Progress?
  • Section B – What’s It Like to Be on the Losing Side?
  • Section C – Are There Solutions to Global Issues?
  • Section D – How Can You Change the World?
  • Module X: Connections