Course Description: English II is intended to advance students’ organizational, reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. Students will analyze various works in different artistic mediums to evaluate how authors craft their prose to establish a purpose. Through writing, students construct diverse writing products using complex materials and specialized sources to formulate a central idea, maintain a coherent focus, and elaborate with relevant research and/or examples. Through a variety of speaking situations, students will use formal academic English appropriate for a purpose. Additionally, students will gain skills in becoming a better reader, writer, and communicator.