225 Advanced English II

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for sophomores not taking 222 English II

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B in 215 Advanced English I and approval of teacher.

Advanced English II presents a survey of various literary genres including drama, short stories, poetry, novels, and nonfiction as well as the study of American literature. It is designed to combine the sophomore and junior literature courses into a single year of study. Writing assignments and projects stem from the literature and vary in length and focus. The five-paragraph essay will be an important focus of the writing instruction. It is a two-semester course (year long) and fulfills one year of the graduation requirement of four years of English. It is intended for the sophomore year. This course is a prerequisite to advance to the college credit courses junior and senior years.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Write effective compositions using the writing process.
  2. Demonstrate proper grammar, usage, and mechanics in writing.
  3. Read, discuss, and interpret a variety of literary genres, including short stories, nonfiction, drama, poetry, novels, and legends.
  4. Identify elements of literature.
  5. Analyze literature focusing on theme, symbolism, and meaning.
  6. Show an appreciation for the authors, their lives, their works, and the connection between the two.
  7. Explain orally and through the written medium the findings of their research.
  8. Use various online resources to assist them in their writing, proofreading, punctuation, grammar, usage, and mechanics.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Literary terms and devices
  2. The writing process 
  3. The grammar and mechanics of writing
  4. New vocabulary
  5. Research skills and documentation techniques


This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the English Department.