• English II Syllabus

    Ms. Haselmann



    Before you read the syllabus it is important to know some important rules of the classroom. 


    1.      Miami Beach Senior High is a uniform school. No student will be allowed into the class without a uniform and ID. On days where there are test, you will not be allowed to take the test without a uniform or Id.  

    2.      Tardies will be handled by a short Do Now at the beginning of each class. When the bell rings the door will be locked and all students will complete the Do Now. If you are late, you will not be allowed in the room until the brief assignment is complete.  

    3.      If you are absent you are responsible to get any work you missed in class and bring to class with an admit within three days. If you do not have an excused admit you will not be able to make up the assignment.  

    4.      Any work done at home will be typed so if you are not in class, I expect you to email me the assignment. No late work will be accepted. You must be aware of the due dates and turn the assignments in on time. No excuses will be accepted.  

    5.       This will not be an academic "Safe Space" all opinions and ideas will be voiced, discussed and respected. To be truly educated, it is important to be exposed to a variety of different ideas that will make you critical thinkers and this class will provide that  opportunity. 

    6.      Please do not ask to go to counselors, other teachers, or an administrator during my class as it is important that you are in class so you do not miss important information. Please make arrangements to do any of your business on your time. 

    7.      Please copy and paste the last page to a word document, sign, have your parents sign and return to me by Friday August         26


    Course Description

    This challenging course develops skills through a sustained and structured study of literature. Students focus on similarities and differences in literary structures and imagery as well as universal themes. Students synthesize, analyze and critique reading selections to build an extended and specialized vocabulary. Students become competent at interpreting, comparing and contrasting, analyzing and applying information. Writings include expository essays and creative pieces that emphasize word choice, discussions and dialogue. Students critique professional and peer writing to refine their style. Students adjust their language to communicate effectively in formal and informal presentations. Students explore deeper understanding of complex literary ideas in text through discussion. Students also participate in genre studies, author studies, and interdisciplinary studies, connecting language and literature to universal themes. Students sharpen research skills and present research in a multi-genre format. Honors students also commit to an independent summer program that requires reading and responding to works from a required reading list which they must access at the school website http://miamibeachhigh.schoolwires.comand complete all reading and assignments before the start of school.


    Essential Questions

    How does literature reflect the relationship between the individual and society?

    Why write about alienation or tragedy?

    How can bearing witness through literature create change in society?

    How does literature reflect the individual’s search for meaning?

    How does magical realism reveal new perspectives of reality?
    How does Asian literature both honor and challenge cultural traditions?
    How does literature from the area offfer insight into African and Middle Eastern cultural conflicts?
    How is Russian literature both timeless and affected by historical events?

    How do writers turn their essays into engaging, effective expository and persuasive writing?

    How does a writer’s organization of a text shape the reader’s understanding of the text?

    How do word choice and sentence structure establish the quality of an author’s voice?

    What features of an essay make an argument convincing?

    What distinctions exist between persuasive/expository modes – and how are they similar?


    Technology Expectations

    Students will be expected to use Microsoft Word or an equivalent word processing tool to complete written assignments.  Research will be completed in the media center or outside of school, requiring students to be familiar with the internet. Students will also be expected to complete a group project using Microsoft PowerPoint or Movie Maker as a means of communication.


    Course Objectives

      Students will examine World Literature in terms of theme, chronology, and uniqueness.

      Students will identify style and tone in the works of writers.

      Students will recognize symbolism, sociological factors, and psychological elements in works of fiction.

      Students will recognize tone, style, voice, purposes, and figurative language in poetry.

      Students will participate in class discussions using suitable oral style and will facilitate discussions through individual and group oral presentations.

      Students will write a variety of compositions inspired by and responding to literature.

      Students will write a research paper stressing reference and documentation skills.

      Students will accumulate necessary skills to improve test-taking skills necessary for the FCAT.


    Major Course Goals

      Students will examine World Literature in terms of theme, chronology, and uniqueness.

      Students will identify style and tone in the works of writers.

      Students will recognize symbolism, sociological factors, and psychological elements in works of fiction.

      Students will recognize tone, style, voice, purposes, and figurative language in poetry.

      Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention
    too inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review.

      Write clearly and effectively analyzing all types of literature and practice the steps
    in the writing process.

       Become sensitive to word choice.

      Develop the skill of writing effective sentences.

      Develop manuscript and research skills.
    Increase competency in grammar, usage, mechanics (syntax).


    Literary Analysis

      Develop critical thinking skills.

      Develop the ability to recognize and apply basic terminology used in discussing

      Understand the component elements of plot.


      Expand working and reading vocabulary

      Read extensively.

      Develop oral communication skills


    Course Content

      Plot analysis

      Critical thinking and analysis

      Reading comprehension



      Book reports


      Documented essays and research

      Creative writing

      Oral presentations

      Creative visuals

      Vocabulary development


    Topics/Units of the course

    The Short Story





    The Novel

    Interspersed throughout the units students will be working on: grammar), Independent Novel projects and essays/research papers, public speaking, vocabulary, portfolios and any other aspects of English to enhance and perfect their skills.


    Instructional Strategies

    Students will read a variety of selections from literature reflecting a balanced

    presentation of genres and literary eras. 

    Students will write a variety of compositions analyzing and interpreting literature in

    the form of multi-paragraph essays.

    Students will compose a variety of other written communications such as technical

    writing, reports, and letters.

    Students will complete all assignments and participate in class to receive full credit.


    Assessment Strategies

    Unit tests will follow immediately upon completion of each literary genre and grammar component.  Essays and projects will coincide with literary units whenever possible. 


    Each unit test will consist of objective and essay (discussion) questions and these will be assigned at least one week in advance.  Students are expected to support their answers with evidence from the material studied.


    Compositions will be graded with regard to the entire writing process; therefore, proof of planning and a rough draft are to be submitted with each final paper.  Essays are to be written in blue or black ink if written in class, or typed if done as an outside assignment.  These compositions will be assessed for content, form, grammatical accuracy and correct spelling.


    Projects, research papers, and book reports will be assessed for originality, creativity, content, form, grammatical accuracy, and correct spelling.


    Informal assessment will include, but will not be limited to, questioning and answering processes both verbal and written; observation of student work; observation of deeper thinking processes; and peer evaluations.


    Monitoring student progress will include, but will not be limited to, questioning and answering processes both verbal and written; student conferences; extra help; Portfolio Assessment; and progress reports sent home to parents.


    Formal assessment will occur based on the following scale:


                            Quizzes:  20%

                            Homework:  20%

                            Major Grades-Tests, Essays, Portfolios:  60%




    I try and promptly grade all assignments and enter them in the grade book. You may access them through the student portal at dadeschools.net. If you have any questions about your grade, please see me immediately so we can discuss your issue.


    Grading Policy


    A             90-100

    B             80-89

    C             70-79

    D             60-69

    F              59 and below




    All students are required to have Use of a digital device other than your phone. If you do not have your own device you may check one out for the year. This is important as most work is done digitally.

    Black or blue pens (more than one)

    Knowledge of student portal storage or a storage device

    Index cards

    Required supplementary reading books ( these will be announced as necessary)

    It is expected that students come class with the necessary supplies everyday


    Each student will need his/her supplementary reading materials in class on the assigned date and each day thereafter until reading and assessment are completed.

    If a student’s notebook is lost (regardless of the reason), it is the student’s responsibility to recopy the material on his/her own time.

    It is the student’s responsibility to acquire makeup work from Edmodo. Beacause the work is turned in digitally, work is expected on the due date even if you are absent. If a student is absent on a day where there is a class assignment, upon returning to class, he/she must have an admit to do the makeup assignment and receive credit. You have three days to get the admit and turn in the makeup work.

    Late work will not be accepted!  Please, do not ask.

     All class assignments may be accessed through my Miami Beach website: miamibeachhigh.schoolwires.com-----click on teachers and go to Haselmann, Patricia or on Edmodo.


     Please make note of my e-mail and feel free to contact me at anytime. I will respond within 1 day.

    E-mail: phaselmann@dadeschools.net


    Please copy and paste this section to a word document, sign and e-mail to me or bring to class the first week of school.


    GOAL:   The success of a school depends on the combined efforts of the faculty, administration, students and PTSA.  This is particularly important when it comes to the issue of academic integrity.  Miami Beach Senior High School strives for the highest degree of integrity from its faculty, administration and students.

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY DEFINED:               Cheating is defined as “the giving or receiving of unauthorized information to gain an unfair advantage in your work.”  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism.  Plagiarism is defined as “the act of taking the language, thoughts, or ideas of another, including works of art and music, and presenting them as one’s own without acknowledgement.”u


    1.       FIRST OFFENSE:        “F” on the assignment.  “F” in conduct for the quarter.  Immediate referral to administration for consideration of additional actions.  All other teachers of the students will be notified as well as the student’s coaches, faculty advisors and counselors.  A Parent-teacher-counselor conference must be scheduled.

    2.       SECOND OFFENSE:  A second offense means any second cheating or plagiarism event in the same academic year.  Even if the second offense occurs in a different class, it will be considered a second offense.  The consequences of a second offense are:  “F” for the academic year in the subject in which the second offense occurs.  A referral to administration will be written for consideration of additional action.


    a.       Any cheating or plagiarism on an IA, External Assessment or AP test will result in immediate dismissal from the IB program, disqualification of the AP and/or IB test, and dismissal from the Scholar’s Academy.  This applies to first offenses.

    b.      Any episode of cheating, even if a first offense, may  be considered by faculty/administration in deciding future AP/IB placement.

    c.       Any episode of cheating/plagiarism will result in notification of colleges/universities/scholarship funds to which the student applied.  The teacher has the right to withdraw any recommendation letter written on a student’s behalf with notice of the cheating/plagiarism.

     Classroom rules and regulations
    1. Students will be on time; in the classroom when the bell rings.
    2. Students will wear uniform and ID at all times and this includes red, white, or grey outer wear. Failure to follow the dress code will result in violation be given.
    3. Students are not to leave the room without permission. Restroom passes are not automatic and students must ask before leaving the room. Passes will be restricted to those who abuse the privelege.
    4. All assignments must be turned in on the due date, late work will not be accepted. Those who are absent must have an admit and bring the assignmnet when they return to class. If there is a problem then you must make arrangements in advance.
    5. Students br respectful at all times.
    I have read and understand the course information presented on this syllabus as well as the Miami Beach Senior High Academic Policy and Ms. Haselmann's classroom rules.  I understand that my child will have reading materials that may have to be purchased or borrowed from the library. My child is expected to be responsible and keep on top of the required assignments and I will see that they are prepared and I will make sure they have what is necessary to succeed.  


    Student signature:______________________________________________

    Parent signature:_______________________________________________






Last Modified on August 14, 2019