• Course Description

    English 11 is designed thematically, chronologically, and, at times, by genre to give students a sense of how British literature captures (through both comedy and tragedy, prose and poetry) the cost of power and glory, human reaction to injustice, the pleasures and pains of love, and man’s enduring struggle to remain true to himself despite the overwhelming pressures of society. Each unit will, on occasion, break chronology in order to trace the development of themes and/or genres over time. This structure will better allow students to note the connections between the insights provided by the human experience of the first English speaking civilization and our experience of our civilization today. It will also allow students in the English 11 course to better consider changes that have occurred in the styles and themes of English literature, and equally, consider the styles and themes that seem to endure. The works of classic (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes), modern (Wilde, Golding, Orwell), and contemporary authors (Achebe, Heaney, Walcott, Sillitoe, Doyle, and Hornby) will be explored. 

    The study of fiction, poetry, essay, and non-fiction will address the historical and literary context of each work, how each work is representative of its genre, and include a close reading and analysis of the literary elements such as characterization, narrative structure, tone, diction, syntax, figures of speech, irony, themes, and motifs. Students will also apply reading of collateral poetry, essays, and nonfiction to their analysis of each primary work. Vocabulary skills will be developed through the literature, through a deliberate study of literary terminology, and through the use of a supplementary common vocabulary text. Assessments will consist of frequent journal writings, reading quizzes, tests, and essays. Journal entry prompts will focus on literary analysis, asking students to respond to either style or meaning or both of a previously read story or of a passage presented to them in class that day. Fresh texts will be periodically incorporated to enhance the ability of students to independently comprehend, analyze, and draw connections between texts, and then to be able to articulate these understandings and connections in essay form. Quizzes will focus on comprehension and literary analysis as well. In composition, students will be asked to solidify the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing that they have practiced during the freshman and sophomore years. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening and speaking skills throughout the course through large and small group instruction. Students are given opportunities for oral interpretations of literature in conjunction with writing. This course provides reinforcement of reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills that will aid students in preparing for the PARCC, SAT, ACT, and entry-level college composition courses. Grammar will be studied as the need arises and connected directly to individual student needs. 

    Students enrolled in English 11 are expected to meet the learning objectives articulated in the Common Core State Standards which are specified within each curricular unit of instruction. In general, students enrolled in higher level courses (particularly honors) are expected to be more independent, self-disciplined, and self-motivated; they read a greater number of texts, many of which are of greater length and complexity; their writing is expected to be more fluent and more sophisticated, and their thinking more rigorous, original and willingly shared in classroom discussions. Students enrolled in higher level courses (particularly honors) are also expected to produce work of exceptional quality and their work will be evaluated accordingly. Finally, students in higher level courses (particularly honors) can expect a faster pace of instruction and an increased number of assignments that often must be completed independently beyond the walls of the classroom. 


    This course aims to: 

    • develop analytical and critical reading strategies as well as an appropriate vocabulary to comprehend a variety of challenging and sophisticated texts; 
    • support the comprehension and analysis of a variety of genres; 
    • develop and nurture both a love of reading and advanced skills in interpreting literature through individually selected literature circle titles offered throughout the year; 
    • develop the writing process and writing to learn strategies through which students compose a variety of written responses for different purposes and audiences, employing a range of voices and taking compositional risks; 
    • use listening and viewing strategies to identify the intent of presentation, critically assess the message and increase listening and viewing sophistication; 
    • develop strategies to read text closely and support analysis through textual evidence both explicitly and inferentially. 


    Power & Glory: The Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Periods

    Leadership & Society: The Elizabethan Period & The English Renaissance

    Love & Satire: ​The Canterbury Tales, ​the Romantic and Victorian Periods

    The Individual & Society: The Modern and Contemporary Periods