11th Grade English

All Juniors will be registered for English 11.

0133 English 11

  • Grade Level: 11
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: English 10
  • NCAA Approved

Description: During the course of this year, English 11 covers American literature, both fiction and nonfiction, that have shaped the direction of American culture, intellectual thought, and government. As we read this literature, students will build on the skills learned as freshmen and sophomores to enhance and expand their ability to analyze author’s words and arguments. Because this is a writing intensive course, these works of literature will be the subject of writing assignments, as well as the source of the skills learned to help students improve their own writing. Our goal in this class is to help students become the type of successful critical thinkers and communicators necessary to succeed in life, whether that is in college or in a professional career.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Rhetorical Analysis of Historical American Documents
  • Researched Argumentative Writing
  • Theme Analysis of American Literature
  • Presenting Information Utilizing Multimedia

State Course: 01003A000, English/Language Arts III

0135 English 11 Accelerated

  • Grade Level: 11
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: English 10
  • NCAA Approved

Description: A chronological survey of the literary movements in American literature beginning with the Age of Reason progressing through to the modern American novel. Authors such as Franklin, Poe, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Thoreau, Emerson, Twain, Harte, Bierce, Masters, Robinson are studied and analyzed for themes, style, impact, and relevance. A researched literary analysis based on an approved novel from an American author is written.

Second semester includes a cumulative theme project that culminates in a student presentation focused on individual theme. The material comes from in-depth study and analysis of such novels as: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, A Streetcar Named Desire, and various poetry and short stories.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Romanticism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Realism and Naturalism
  • Individual motifs and themes
  • Reading for purpose

State Course: 01003A000, English/Language Arts III

0146 Advanced Placement English-Language and Composition AP Class (Weighted)

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: English 10
  • NCAA Approved

Description: The AP English Language and Composition course introduces a college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analysis and writing skills. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Counts for an English 11 credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Rhetorical Analysis
    • Visual Rhetoric
    • Textual Rhetoric
  • Synthesis Writing
  • Argumentative Writing
  • Collaborative Discussion
  • Multimedia Presentation

State Course: 01005A000 AP English Language and Composition

0425 American Studies

  • Grade Level: 11
  • Credits Earned: 2.0
  • Prerequisite: English 10
  • NCAA Approval Applied for

Description: American Studies is a team-taught, double-period course that fulfills the graduation requirements in both English 11 and U.S. History. Junior level students will use critical thinking and analytical skills to survey American history from the colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on historical and rhetorical analysis. The course will train students to communicate clearly in writing and speech while exploring American culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will use project-based learning to investigate a larger understanding of what it means to be an American (in the past, present, and future of our country). Learning activities include reading, research, composition, reflection, and oral presentation, in both individual and collaborative modes.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Role of the Government
  • Expansion & Imperialism
  • Modern Warfare and Conflicts
  • Equality, Immigration, and the American Dream
  • Role of Industrialization and Technological Advancement
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Historical American Documents
  • Researched and Argumentative Writing
  • Theme Analysis of American Literature
  • Presenting Information Utilizing Digital Multimedia
  • Collaborative Discussion Preparation and Participation

State Course: 04101A000, U.S. History Comprehensive and 01003A000, English/Language Arts III (11th Grade)