ENG203: Literary Analysis and Composition II

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

In this course, students build on existing literature and composition skills and move on to higher levels of sophistication.  

LITERATURE: Students hone their skills of literary analysis by reading short stories, poetry, drama, novels, and works of nonfiction, both classic and modern. Authors include W. B. Yeats, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kate Chopin, Amy Tan, Richard Rodriguez, and William Shakespeare. Students have a choice of novels and longer works to study, including works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Elie Wiesel, and many others.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: In this course, students become more proficient writers and readers. In composition lessons, students analyze model essays from readers' and writers' perspectives, focusing on ideas and content, structure and organization, style, word choice, and tone. Students receive feedback during the writing process to help them work toward a polished final draft. In addition to writing formal essays, applications, and business letters, students write and deliver a persuasive speech. Students expand their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics through sentence analysis and structure, syntax, agreement, and conventions. Students strengthen their vocabularies through thematic units focused on word roots, suffixes and prefixes, context clues, and other important vocabulary-building strategies.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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ENG103: Literary Analysis and Composition I, or equivalent

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Course Outline


Students read writings from diverse traditions and genres, including poetry, drama, short stories, nonfiction, and novels. Online lessons help students develop skills of close reading. Students analyze formal features of literary works; explore theme, character, and uses of language; and learn to articulate an interpretation based on textual evidence. Many lessons provide background information to help students connect the work to the historical or biographical context. Students also practice the critical reading and analysis skills that are necessary for taking standardized assessments.

Readings include:

Novels (choose any two of the following):

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Works by Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, O. Henry, Flannery O'Connor, Sherwood Anderson, Tillie Olsen, Jerome Weidman, Richard Rodriguez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Amy Tan, and others


  • Works by William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, Rita Dove, Dudley Randall, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and others

Partial List of Skills Taught:

  • Analyze the relationship between a literary work and its historical period and cultural influences.
  • Recognize and examine the impact of voice, persona, and the choice of narrator on a work of literature.
  • Identify character traits and motivations.
  • Describe and analyze characters based on speech, actions, or interactions with others.
  • Analyze the relationship between character actions/interactions and plot.
  • Identify elements of plot and analyze plot development.
  • Identify conflict and resolution.
  • Recognize literary devices, such as foreshadowing, flashbacks, suspense, irony, metaphor, simile, symbolism, and other figures of speech.
  • Identify author's purpose, style, tone, and intended audience.
  • Identify and understand universal themes.
  • Compare and contrast characters based on their actions, traits, and motives.
  • Compare and contrast themes in different works and across different genres.
  • Recognize the impact of word choice, style, and figurative language on tone, mood, and theme.
  • Analyze imagery, personification, irony, hyperbole, paradox, and figures of speech in poetry and fiction.
  • Examine the use of sound devices to create rhythm, appeal to the senses, or establish mood in literature.
  • Recognize and examine a writer's use of poetic conventions and structures, such as line, stanza, rhythm, rhyme, meter, and sound devices.
  • Interpret oral readings from literary and informational texts.
  • Recite poetry using effective delivery skills, such as tone, rate, volume, pitch, gesture, pronunciation, and enunciation.


Students begin the Composition units by reading model essays and analyzing the essays from the perspective of both a reader and a writer. In writing their own essays, students apply the concepts they have learned from studying the models. Using the writing process, students plan, organize, write, revise, and proofread their essays, implementing feedback they receive from teachers and mentors. In addition to writing full-length essays, students also write timed responses to prompts, similar to those found on standardized tests.

Narrative: I Believe

  • Students analyze a sample narrative with the theme of "I Believe" and then write their own narrative that explains something they believe and how they arrived at that belief.

Persuasive Essay

  • Students analyze a sample persuasive essay, learn about the importance of using logical and emotional appeals and connotative language, and understand the significance of conceding a point and issuing a call to action. They then plan, write, and revise their persuasive essays.

Persuasive Speech

  • Students first read and then listen to a speech, based on the model persuasive essay. They study how an oral presentation differs from a written one. Then they use their own persuasive essays as the basis for writing and delivering their persuasive speeches.

Research Paper

  • Students analyze a model research paper on a scientific topic and learn how to locate appropriate resources and evaluate the reliability of the sources. They take notes, create a formal outline, and write and revise their own research papers.

Practical Writing

  • In this optional unit, students read a model cover letter and application for a job. Then they create their own cover letter and application for their "dream" job.


K12's Grammar covers not only grammar but also usage and mechanics. Often referred to as "GUM," this online course helps students understand how language works so that they can apply the concepts in their own writing. In addition to GUM skills, lessons on such topics as clear sentences, sentence combining, parallel structure, placement of modifiers, wordiness, diction, and idioms help students learn skills frequently tested on standardized tests. Each lesson ends with an optional activity that provides additional practice.

Partial List of Topics Include:

  • Prepositional Phrases
  • Sentences and Sentence Errors
  • Clauses: Adjective, Adverb, Noun
  • Clear Sentences: Coordination, Subordination, Combining Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Verb Forms and Usage
  • Pronouns and Pronoun Usage
  • Verbals and Verbal Phrases: Participles, Gerunds, Infinitives
  • Refining Sentences: Modifiers, Parallel Structure


K12's Vocabulary program uses the Vocabulary Achievement workbook (from Great Source Publisher) to provide a systematic approach to new vocabulary acquisition, application, and retention. Students study logical grouping of words in clearly structured lessons. To unlock word meaning, students apply a variety of strategies including contextual clues and determining roots and affixes. Students also practice the kinds of items that are frequently used in sentence-completion and critical-reading assessments, including the SAT.

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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling