English 11 Course Description

Course Description


This one credit course is designed to expose students to a variety of the more popular, classic pieces and authors in American literature.  Through analysis of literary elements and social issues, students will enhance their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.


Course Objectives


The student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the major literary periods, works and persons in American literature and recognize their continuing significance.
  • identify relevant social and cultural issues reflected in the writings of American authors.
  • increase understanding of literary techniques.
  • demonstrate improved formal writing skills.
  • demonstrate research strategies.
  • apply appropriate note-taking and organizational strategies.
  • improve vocabulary and grammar skills.


Student Texts

Required assignments will be derived from but will not include all of the following:


            The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn             The Crucible

            The Bean Trees                                               Go Ask Alice

            Black Boy                                                       The Great Gatsby

            The Call of the Wild                                       I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

            The Catcher in the Rye                                   Of Mice and Men

            The Chocolate War                                         Raisin in the Sun

            A Separate Peace                                            Slaughterhouse-Five

            The United States in Literature seventh edition


Writing Assignments

Students will employ the writing process through a variety of assignments:

  • Expository essays
  • Argument essays
  • Personal narrative
  • Research paper
  • Literary analysis essay tests
  • ICEs (In Class Essay)


Student Materials

  • Students are required to bring the assigned novel to class.  The novel must be turned in at the end of its unit before the next novel will be issued.
  • Students need a folder and notebook for notes and assignments.  A separate folder is also needed that can remain in the classroom for ICEs. A writing utensil is needed everyday.
  • Students can check their academic progress on PowerSchool. 

 Using the website:   To locate handouts and worksheets, go to the "Am. Lit. + Eng 11 Worksheets" subpage and select the appropriate unit.