Course Overview:

English 11 is an American Literature survey course, primarily designed to give students a sampling of texts throughout American history.  The focus of this standards-based course is reading comprehension, interpretation, and comparative literature.  Students will be expected to continue the development of research and writing skills through various styles of writing. Students will be studying novels, short stories, poetry, speeches, narratives, and films.  The SOL skills focused upon include reading comprehension, literary analysis, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. 

Potomac Senior High School—English 11 Targets Taught

 

Unit 1: Colonialism and Native American Literature (August-October 2019)

Learning Targets:

·      11.3  The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

·      11.4/11.5  The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture. (11.4=fiction/11.5=nonfiction-All targets have been labeled 11.4 for clarity, though fiction and nonfiction have been taught throughout the year)

11.4.1—The student will read and comprehend literature.

11.4.2—The student will analyze culture, theme, purpose, and function of literature.

11.4.3—The student will analyze literary features in texts and conventions of various genres.

·      11.6  The student will write in a variety of forms, to include persuasive/argumentative, reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.

 

Unit Goals:

·      Students will…

-       read literature/nonfiction containing archaic language.

-       find examples of sound devices in poetry.

-       analyze author’s purpose.

-       analyze themes that emerge from the earliest American Literature to compare/contrast with later works.

 

 


Unit 2: Revolutionary Literature and Persuasion (October-December 2019)

Learning Targets:

·      11.3  The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

·      11.4/11.5  The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture. (11.4=fiction/11.5=nonfiction-All targets have been labeled 11.4 for clarity, though fiction and nonfiction have been taught throughout the year)

11.4.1—The student will read and comprehend literature.

11.4.2—The student will analyze culture, theme, purpose, and function of literature.

11.4.3—The student will analyze literary features in texts and conventions of various genres.

·      11.6  The student will write in a variety of forms, to include persuasive/argumentative, reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.

·      11.7  The student will self and peer edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

·      11.8  The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of credible resources to produce a research product.

 

Unit Goals:

·      Students will…

-       read literature/nonfiction containing archaic language.

-       recognize and rhetorical devices and methods of persuasion.

-       construct/organize persuasive arguments in different forms (speeches, presentations, letters, essays, etc.).

-       research and provide documentation to support ideas.

 


Unit 3: Drama (December 2019-February 2020)

Learning Targets:

·      11.3  The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

·      11.4/11.5  The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture. (11.4=fiction/11.5=nonfiction-All targets have been labeled 11.4 for clarity, though fiction and nonfiction have been taught throughout the year)

11.4.1—The student will read and comprehend literature.

11.4.2—The student will analyze culture, theme, purpose, and function of literature.

11.4.3—The student will analyze literary features in texts and conventions of various genres.

·      11.6  The student will write in a variety of forms, to include persuasive/argumentative, reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.

·      11.7  The student will self and peer edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

Unit Goals:

·      Students will…

-       analyze the social or cultural role of American literature.

-       read and analyze American dramatic selections.

-       discuss contemporary themes (e.g., community relationships and responsibilities, mob mentality and fear) motifs, and universal characters.

-       analyze how context and language structures convey an author’s intent and viewpoint.

-       explain author’s specific word choices, syntax, tone, and voice to support purpose.

-       analyze literary elements and dramatic conventions.

-       draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support.

 

 


Unit 4: Writing SOL Preparation (February-March 2020)

***Students took the End-of-Course Writing SOL between March 2-13.

Learning Targets:

·      11.6  The student will write in a variety of forms, to include persuasive/argumentative, reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.

·      11.7  The student will self and peer edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

·      11.8  The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of credible resources to produce a research product.

 

Unit Goals:

·      Students will…

-       understand the format of both the multiple choice and short paper portions of the SOL.

-       familiarize themselves with the short paper writing prompts.

-       understand how to use the TestNav writing tool.

-       understand punctuation such as commas, semicolons, and colons.

-       understand test stems and types of questions likely to be found on the multiple choice test. 

 

 


Unit 5:  Romanticism and Transcendentalism (March 2020-?)

***Some classes began this unit while others were still finishing the Writing SOL when school shutdown.

Learning Targets:

·      11.3  The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

·      11.4/11.5  The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture. (11.4=fiction/11.5=nonfiction-All targets have been labeled 11.4 for clarity, though fiction and nonfiction have been taught throughout the year)

11.4.1—The student will read and comprehend literature.

11.4.2—The student will analyze culture, theme, purpose, and function of literature.

11.4.3—The student will analyze literary features in texts and conventions of various genres.

·      11.6  The student will write in a variety of forms, to include persuasive/argumentative, reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.

·      11.7  The student will self and peer edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

 

Unit Goals:

·      Students will…

-       analyze the social or cultural role of American literature.

-       read, comprehend, and analyze poetry, essays, and short stories.

-       discuss tenets of/themes in both literary movements (relationship with nature, relationship with society, relationship with science, disillusionment, and rebellion and protest.

-       analyze how context and language structures convey an author’s intent, purpose, and viewpoint.

-       explain author’s specific word choices, syntax, tone, and voice to support purpose.

-       analyze literary elements with heavy focus on elements of fiction and review of poetry devices.

-       draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support.



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