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Prerequisites: Standard Composition and Standard Survey of Literature

Level: 11 th grade

Credits: 1.0 - English

Additional: This course meets the state mandated h.s. writing intensive requirement

This course is accepted as an English credit for college admission

This course is accepted as an English credit by the NCAA

Course Description

The Junior English class focuses on American literature’s diversity; tracing the thought process of American writers through several major genres: novel, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. There will be background and accompanying literature studied for each novel.

Two plays by William Shakespeare will be read. By this point in their high school career, the students should be familiar with Shakespeare and his language.

Vocabulary will be emphasized through weekly quizzes on roots and origins.

Juniors are required and will be expected to write frequently using the process approach. This process will be preached for several years, so more focus will be on finding their individual voice and letting their opinions come out in their writing.

Furthermore, all students will be prepped for what is to follow in the next several years, including testing skills, college application skills, and real world business procedures.

Course Objectives/Goals

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Interpret and analyze a variety of literary forms and relate the theme and the characters to personal ideas and attitudes through writing or presentation.
  • Interpret a variety of literary genre through responses, critiques, and /or discussion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a well-thought and well-planned essay through several writing models.
  • Communicate effectively through a development of a personal style and voice in a variety of writing situations.
  • Draw valid conclusions from selections to recognize universal themes in literature.

Course Outline

1. The Novel— The Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, accompanying literature for each novel
  • Understand Puritan philosophies, ideas, and culture
  • Discuss literary contributions made by early Americans through the study of literature by Native Americans, Spanish Americans and Puritan authors
  • Compare and contrast Hawthorne’s themes, characters, and settings in relation to the Puritan time period
  • Understand short stories by Hawthorne
  • Trace thematic patterns and motifs through all Hawthorne’s work
  • Define and write about allegory
  • Identify links between the writing of Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe
  • Understand symbolism as a literary tool for reading comprehension
  • Understand the effect the 1920’s had on the changes in America

2. ACT Prep

  • Acquire and perfect test taking skills
  • Respond to several timed writing prompts
  • Collect college information
  • Effectively take advantage of scholarship opportunities
  • Become knowledgeable of college documents, applications, FAFSA
  • Practice resume formats, skills, and letters of application
  • Articulate phone and interview skills

3. Shakespearean plays

  • Intensively study Shakespeare’s plot and character
  • Students should participate in insightful discussions
  • Focus on in-depth writing enrichment activities

Teaching Methods

Junior level English classes will be part lecture and part class discussion. The understanding of literature is only improved by interaction with the opinions of others, so during literature units, class time relies more heavily upon student interaction.

The ACT/College Prep will be an opportunity for the students to explore ideas that interest them—this will be an opportunity for each student to focus on their future, so success in this portion of the class is totally up to each individual.

Assessment Strategies

Reading comprehension may be evaluated through daily discussions and quizzes. The teacher will evaluate successful writing skills as students adhere to the conventions of written language. Students will be evaluated on their successful use of language to communicate and express creativity.


Literature and Language Yellow Level McDougal, Littell

Write for College Great Source Education Group

Painless Grammar Rebecca Elliot

Vocabulary Builder Merriam Webster

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Crucible Arthur Miller

“Hamlet” William Shakespeare


“King Lear”

In addition to this list of books, an Enrichment Reading list has been compiled for the students to choose four additional books for reading enjoyment.

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