English 11 Syllabus
Mrs Meagher-Di Ello
Philosophy: Engagement, Accountability, Retention.
Learning happens when these three words are part of the classroom experience. In order to learn, students must be engaged in the learning process. This means that a student needs to put aside distractions and focus on the material at hand. Once engaged in the material, the student then needs to hold him or herself accountable: a student's work needs to be of the best quality and due dates must be adhered to. Once a skill is learned, the goal is to retain that skill. Review of material will be ongoing throughout the year, offering the support needed to retain the material.
Needed materials: Literature text (provided, also accessible online via teacher page); three ring binder with lined paper; five dividers-for use in English class only.
Online textbook access: Go to Pearsonrealize.com. Username: etiger Password: 9101112nj (case sensitive)
Google Classroom/Genesis: I encourage both students and parents to visit Google Classroom and Genesis on a weekly basis.
Grading: Classwork/Homework 50%; Tests/Projects 25%; Quizzes 25%
To analyze texts with a focus on identifying themes and the ways in which a theme is developed in a story
To respond to readings with fluent evidence-based answers
To advance vocabulary
To sharpen existing skills and gain new skills which enable sophisticated expression
To create an MLA-formatted analysis essay
Areas of Study:
Fiction: Including short stories, novellas, plays, and novels.
Students will analyze fiction with a focus on identifying the techniques which make good fiction “work.” Students will analyze the use of sound devices, figurative language, and literary techniques to create compelling fiction. Students will then employ these devices in their own writing.
Nonfiction: Including persuasive, informational, and biographical/autobiographical essays.
Students will analyze these texts with a focus on identifying the author’s effective use of rhetorical devices. Students will then employ these devices in their own writing.
Students will analyze poetry with a focus on identifying sound devices, figurative language, and metric form.
Students will augment their writing skills with activities designed to:
* build complex and varied sentences
*increase sentence density with appropriate use of modifiers
*employ sound devices for fluidity
*employ figurative language to highlight important points
*organize complex, and sometimes conflicting, information with fluidity
*employ rhetorical techniques to create unity in a written piece
Students will conduct a weekly vocabulary study with weekly class exercises, homework, quizzes and tests.
Grammar and mechanics lessons will be provided with a focus on students’ needs as presented in their writing.
An SAT preparatory unit will focus on the writing, reading, and essay sections of the SAT. Students will become familiar with the test format, anticipate common types of questions, and formulate essay responses which adhere to expected tone/content.