11th Grade English

Course Description

This course is designed to develop student competency in English usage and mechanics, oral and written communication, and Twentieth century American literature. Topics for class activities, discussion, and presentations include poetry, novels, essays, library and internet research skills, short stories, and creative writing. Students use analytical and critical thinking skills while examining the various literary forms.

Classroom Expectations/ Rules/ Consequences/ Procedures

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and productive manner. In addition to all the rules and expectations, I expect students to have a positive attitude, treat others with respect, practice self-discipline, and demonstrate responsibility. If these conditions are not met, students can expect one-on-one meetings with instructor, parent/guardian- instructor conferencing, and administrative action, if necessary.


· Be in your seat when the bell rings.

· Come to class prepared everyday (bringing books, paper, pencils, etc.).

· Respect your classmates and teacher at all times.

· Keep your hands, feet, and all objects to yourself.

· Follow directions the first time they are given.

Classroom Consequences

§ First Offense: Name written in book-Warning

§ Second Offense: One check-Action plan; break detention

§ Third Offense: Two checks- After school detention

§ Forth Offense: Three checks- Call home; after school detention

§ Fifth Offense: Four checks- Office referral

Classroom Procedures

1. Beginning the Period/Block: Upon entering the classroom you will find your assigned seat and begin the day’s quick write, it will be located on the board under its own section. This is how class will start every day.

2. Where Personal Items Go: Upon entering class you are to place all your materials needed for class on/under your desk and hang any purses, book bags, and/or lunchboxes on the hooks located in the back of the classroom.

3. Seating: On the first day of classes you will be given an assigned seat and this is where you are to remain until I assign you elsewhere.

4. How to Head & Turn in Assignments: Every time you turn in an assignment you will fold your paper hotdog style (long ways) and pass it to the front of your row or group. You will put your first and last name on the front of your folded paper.

5. Passing in Papers: When I am collecting your assignments I expect the person in the front of the row/group to gather all papers and wait for me to come and receive the work.

6. Signals for Attention: I will raise my hand when I need the classrooms attention and/or need the room to be quiet.

7. In case You Are Absent: There will be an absent tray located in a specific spot in the classroom. If you were absent go to that tray and look for all papers with your name on it. All that you need will be located in this tray.

8. Test Procedures: Talking is not tolerated during testing. If you are talking during a test you will receive a grade of zero. After you have completed the test remain silently in your seat and look to the board for more information.

9. Missed Tests: If you miss a test you will need to sign up for a day to come in before/after class and make it up. There will be a signup sheet located on the bulletin board.

10. Tardiness: If you enter the classroom after the bell rings then you are tardy. You will be given one warning per week. If you are late due to another teacher/administrator then provide a note from them. After three tardies have accumulated (per semester) it will count as one absence.

11. Homework: Homework is due at the beginning of class. Late homework is not accepted unless we have discussed it prior to the due date and/or you have a doctor’s note for missed day.

12. Notebook: A three-ringed binder is needed for this class. You will need dividers and college ruled paper to be put in the binder. You will label your sections: quick writes, notes, homework, and assignments/grades.

13. Asking a Question: When you have a question or statement about the lesson or leaving the classroom, you are to raise your hand and wait to be called on. If you are leaving the room you will need to take the hall pass located on the board.

14. Drills/Emergencies: When there is a fire (drill), tornado (drill), or any other warnings during class time you will calmly and quietly look to me for directions. Most of the time we will all line up and go to our safe zone.

15. Ending the Class: The bell does not dismiss you, it is simply a warning. When the bell rings you will wait for me to say that you are dismissed before you may leave. I will wait until all students are seated in their assigned desks before dismissal.

Technology Policy

Cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices should be turned off or on silent and be put away when the bell rings for class to begin. The ONLY time that they may be taken out is when the teacher has given explicit instructions for doing so. Students will be given a warning for the first offense. Refer to the consequences stated above for further disciplinary offenses. * If a parent/guardian needs to contact a student, he or she should call the front office.

Required Reading

Holt McDougal 11th Grade Literature textbook. I will keep a set of these textbooks in my classroom; therefore, students will not have to check them out. However, each student will receive an access pin to be able to read the textbook online. I will provide information regarding how to access the textbooks online as soon as possible.

*Additional Works Not Included in Textbook: A Raisin in the Sun, Othello, The Great Gatsby, a nonfiction book of your choice, and any additional texts as determined by the teacher.

*Summer Reading Novels: Students are required to read one novel over the summer and complete the note-card assignment. Please refer to the summer-reading list/handout for more information.

Grading Policy/Info

My goal is for everyone not only to pass this class, but also to succeed with a desirable outcome. Mastery will be measured through examinations, class participation, projects, papers, and portfolio self-evaluation. I will be grading students on how well they master the course objectives, which are noted below. Objectives and expectations will be discussed before each new assignment.


Class participation (15%)

Active participation, sharing thoughts and ideas with others, and listening to others’ ideas and thoughts are essential skills for adults. Most students have read or heard of the short stories, plays, and poems that we will cover in this class, but there is always room to learn and grow. During the first week of school a list of ways in which students are expected to contribute during class time will be covered. While in class, students will learn to self-evaluate and I will do all I can to help your progress in the class and in developing your skills. During group work student participation and contributions will be assessed individually and I will be looking for gradual improvement as the semester moves along.

Possible Participation Checklist:

· Comes to class prepared (read assigned works, brings books, etc.)

· Offers to read aloud

· Volunteers ideas during group work

· Provides feedback

· Does own portion of work

Exams (20%)

Clear communication and understandings of topics discussed during class time is essential cognitive use as an adult. There will be two exams (midterm and final) during the semester. The midterm will weigh as 10% of the total grade and the final, which is cumulative, will weigh as 10% of the total grade. Both exams will cover literature read during class and at home, material covered during lectures and discussions, vocabulary, themes, plot, setting, character analysis, and author background.

Projects/Presentations (25%)

Clear verbal communication is an essential component when in the working force and in many other fields of performance. Students will get the chance to use and show their knowledge and skills in unique ways. Students can choose to do a group project or do an individual project. Assessment of the project will be based on individual performance, creativity, factual and well-researched information, and presentation skills. Students are to practice in front of other groups and receive feedback before presentation day.


· Topic is clear and well researched

· Visual aid is neat and creative

· Sources are mentioned throughout presentation

· Examples of author’s work are given

· Eye contact is made as much as possible

· Speech is clear and at a good volume

· Organized structure or both presentation and visual aid

Papers (25%)

Students will learn how to communicate effectively and professionally through written word. It is essential for students to obtain good writing skills not only in this class but for their future career. Emails, letters, even Facebook messages are ways of communicating today between friends, family, and employers. Even though students will be writing about an author or his/her work, they will be able to apply this knowledge to other kinds of writing. There will be one in class essay worth 12.5% of the 25% for this section. The essay will be graded on content and fluidity of material. There will be an out of class short research paper (3 pages in length) worth the other 12.5%. Rubrics and directions will be handed out during the introduction of these assignments. The scoring rules for these two assignments will be based on your writing skills and include, but not limited to, the following criteria:

· Clear concise points

· Sequential organization

· Fluid transitions

· Effective language use (word choice)

· A variety of sentence structures

· Correct grammar

Portfolio (self-evaluation) 15%

Reflection is an efficient tool that accompanies adults practicing the use of good judgment in their lives. Mid-semester you will choose three assignments that you have completed and you will “reflect” on your performance. You may choose a quiz, test, essay, project, etc. You are to write a one-page reflection critiquing your own work: did you achieve the objective? What have you learned from that particular assignment? And what goals you will set for the remainder of the semester. The portfolio will be assessed based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

· Chooses three assignments to reflect on

· At least one page in length

· Thoughtful and honest self-evaluation

· Keeps class objectives in mind throughout evaluation

· Sets realistic and appropriate goals for the remaining semester

Late Work and Absences

Students may turn in work (assignments, homework, etc.) one day late permitting they come to class with a parent or doctor note regardless of an absence or not. If students are more than one day late it is their job to contact me so we can set up a schedule or alternative way for completion of the work. Late work beyond one day or without a parent/doctor note will receive a grade that is 10% lower than the grade earned. If lateness becomes a habit I will contact parent/guardians. If students are absent they will have one week to complete missed work, permitting a parent or doctor note is produced. If students are absent and do not bring a parent/doctor note they will be given only one day to make up missed work.

Social Media

I will maintain professional online relationships with both students and parents. However, I cannot accept Facebook friend requests or other requests to follow social media accounts belonging to students or parents. Should you need to contact me after school hours, you may email me at or call/text me at (256) 658-5566. Please do not call or text after 9 p.m.


The academic misconduct policy of the school will be followed in this course. Plagiarism is considered a major breach of integrity and will result in a zero on the assignment and possible administrative action.

The attendance policy of the school will be followed for this course.

Any student who receives failing grades during this course is urged to discuss this with the teacher immediately.

*This entire syllabus serves as a guide for both the teacher and the student; however, during the term it may become necessary to make additions, deletions, or substitutions. Adequate notice will be provided to students of any change.