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11th Grade English

Students have the option of taking one of the following courses for 11th grade English: American Literature, American Literature Honors, or Advanced Placement Language and Composition.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

This course provides rigorous and challenging experiences for the student in the areas of critical reading, critical thinking, effective discussion, note-taking, essay test-taking, expository writing and research. The core of the curriculum is a chronological or thematic study of American literature, its literary periods, and major writings. Outside reading focuses on broader philosophical ideas, and encourages a wider range of reading including classics and contemporary works by American authors.

Core Works:

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Additional Texts May Include:

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Black Boy by Richard Wright, works by Edgar Allan Poe, or The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

American Literature and Writing Honors

This course is an intensive study of American literature designed for students who desire further challenge in literature and writing, and who are prepared to accept the responsibilities of that challenge. This challenge includes reading at a faster pace, sometimes reading two works at a time, and a deeper probing of a text through literary analysis. Like the American Literature course, the honors course is a chronological or thematic study of American literature, its literary periods, and its major writers; however, the honors course will include more extensive reading, writing (both timed and process essays) and analytical thinking. Furthermore, students in the honors program are expected to invest significantly more academic energy into the course and to work more independently than students taking American Literature and Writing.

Core Works:

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Black Boy by Richard Wright

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Additional Texts May Include:

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien,  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold,  poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe, or The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Advanced Placement Language and Composition

AP Language and Composition is one of the options for English classes at the 11th grade level. 

 Known as APLaC, this course is designed to develop and challenge students' writing skills. It is an AP-level course and demands more time, energy, focus and thought than most other classes. Writing is as much an art as a skill, and it will be through dedicated practice and close attention that students will improve and achieve.
  

American Focus:

The 11th grade is focused on the American tradition of writing. APLaC will remain grounded in the American tradition, but will also branch out to see a world-wide perspective on rhetoric and communication.
 
Students will read core, canonical texts that their fellow juniors in other 11th grade English classes will read so that they will be ensured a common, basic experience for future grade levels. This includes one book for summer reading before the fall semester.
 
Skills Addressed:

  • Summarizing – a critical way of demonstrating understanding of a key text
  • Synthesizing – connecting ideas from multiple sources
  • Analyzing – evaluate claims, be aware of counter arguments, and apply them to your own writing
  • Organizing – understand how texts are put together, and how to create your own texts

Texts:

  • The basis of the course will be numerous non-fiction texts including The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (summer reading)