English 11


English 11

Course Description:

                This course will prepare students to read and write at an AP level. Throughout the year, students will read works from multiple literary genres, including short stories, poetry, drama and memoir, and be provided with many opportunities for various types of writing, ranging from formal essays to creative compositions. Students will also be evaluated on their understanding of various literary terms and concepts relevant to each unit. Homework will include nightly readings and journal responses.



Elements of Literature, Sixth Course, ed. by Holt, Rinehart, Winston
The Crucible, Arthur Miller
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James


Course Objectives:

  • To demonstrate an advanced level of close reading in a variety of literary genres, including short fiction, novels, poetry and drama
  • To develop a familiarity with literary terms
  • To compose various formal essays (e.g. narrative, persuasive, expository)
  • To revise essays for improvement in content, structure, and style
  • To apply the conventions of grammar and language usage correctly
  • To expand vocabulary, with a focus on SAT-level words



Scope and Sequence:

Each unit will include a longer work (a novel, novella, or play) in addition to shorter selected readings. Quizzes will cover nightly reading, vocabulary, and literary terminology, while an exam will cover each long work. Students will have a variety of written assignments, ranging from reading responses to formal essays.  In addition to critical writings, students will be assigned a few creative and interpretive assignments to help further their understanding of a particular genre or style.


Unit I:

  • The Short Story

Students will read and analyze short stories selected from

Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • Pride and Prejudice (novel)


Unit II:

  • Drama

Students will read and analyze excerpted dramatic pieces selected from

Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • The Crucible (play)


Unit III:

  • Poetry

Students will read and analyze poetry selected from Elements of Literature and outside texts

  • The Turn of the Screw (novella)


Unit IV:

  • Personal Essay

Students will study autobiographical, expository writing, focusing on the college application essay

  • Jane Eyre (novel)