Orange High School 

    Course Outline/Syllabus 




    Instructor: Farah Benton                                                      

    Email: bentonfa@orange.k12.nj.us                                   

    Phone: 973-677-4050                                                          

    Principal: Mr. Belton 



    Department: English

    Course : English II

    Level: Academic

    Credits: 3


    Course Description:

    The intent of this course is to provide a foundation for students to develop skills within the four key strands of English:  reading, writing, langauage, speaking and listening. 

    This is a required course and you must achieve a passing grade before you will be allowed to graduate from Orange High School. 



    Reading Literature:10-1,2,3,4,5,6

    Reading Informational:10-1,2,3,4


    Speaking & Listening:10-1,3,4,5


    Anchor Texts:

    Quarter 1

    Marlowe, Raleigh, and Williams 

    “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” by Christopher Marlowe / “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh / “Raleigh Was Right” by William Carlos Williams 

    “The Palace Thief” by Ethan Canin 

    “Rules of the Game” and “Two Kinds” from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; “Dreaming of Heroes” from Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger 

    Quarter 2 

    “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and unit 1 supplemental texts (includes documentary I Am Not Your Negro)

    “A Genetics of Justice” and “Remembering Never to Forget”

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supplemental texts

    Quarter 3

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and supplemental research materials 

    +research can be conducted in the background during NJSLA

    Quarter 4

    “Death of a Pig” by E. B. White 

    "Macbeth " by William Shakespere

    "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli 


    Supplementary Materials: 

    Supplemental material will be provided as needed and may include the following: plays, novels, short stories, film, poetry, video and informational articles.


    Evaluation & Assessment:

    Papers and Projects (Authentic Assessments) will be assigned as instructional tools as well as an assesment instrument, and will include the following: group and individual presentations, formal writing assignments, short stories, and writing portfolios.

    Tests are an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study and may include the following; multiple choice, definitions, short answers, and essay questions.

    Quizzes are evaluations of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons that may be announced or unannounced, and may include the following: multiple choice, fill-ins, short answers, definitions and terms.

    Classwork is an integral part of the learning process where students demonstrate their understanding of concepts and content taught. Classwork may include: cooperative group work, journal responses, readings and writing workshop.

    Homework enables students to exercise and reinforce their understanding and knowledge of the content and skills taught in class, and may include: readings, essays, definitions, research papers, revisions, editing and journal responses.

    Authentic Assessments: 25%

    Tests: 25%

    Quizzes: 20%




    Below are the codes to my Google Classroom. Assignments will be posted by 9AM each day, M-F. Each assignment contains a due date. Please note, parents will be contacted if students are not completing assignments.

    10-1: 2mdteaz

    10-3: tc4y66r

    10-5: 4qzwjym

    10-7: 67mu3ce

    10-8: xgycisu


    Should you have any questions about assignments, you can contact me  during my office hours via the following channels:

    Office Hours: PM 1:15-3:15 Monday-Friday











































    Grading Policy: 

    Grades will be posted once a week and will be based on the completion and performance of all class assignments, test, quizzes, participation, homework, and projects. 

    • Authentic Assessment 25% 
    • Classwork 20% 
    • Quizzes 20% 
    • Tests 25% 
    • Homework 10% 

    Total: 100% 



    Received Daily 



    Culminative projects will be assigned quarterly. 


    Advanced announcement 

    Make-up Policy: