Honors English 11

Course Overview

Course Description

This course is a tech-integrated honors English course designed to provide college-bound students with the opportunity to critically analyze and interpret selected literary works from each of the following periods and movements in American literature: Colonialism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary.

Our approach to the literature for this course offers students a challenge in terms of reading pace and/or depth of analysis. We will hone and expand upon our writing skills through a variety of expositional and creative papers with a special focus on the research process and the thesis-based research paper. Critical analysis of film, student presentations, and academic discourse activities will provide us with opportunities to further develop literacy in a variety of media beyond print. As with most honors courses, this course involves a consistent homework load of long-term and short-term assignments as well as summer reading.

Competency-Based Education Pilot Program

To learn more about this pilot program and competencies, click here. The competencies for the Jr. English Competency-Based Education Pilot Program are as follows:

Competency #1: Reading

Competency #2: Writing

Competency #3: Research

Competency #4: Listening/Speaking/Viewing

Competency #5: Technology

Resources & Research

Course Specific Criteria: Honors English 11

Over the course of the academic year, choices for reading must include:

• epic novel or author study (three novel-length works by same author) from the

Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

• book group text (novel length) from the

Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

In the fall semester, reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature: Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary. In addition to any independently selected works of American literature, reading must also include a minimum of:

• TWO literary works (novel length) from the

Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

• TWO summer reading texts (novel length) from the Honors English 11 summer reading assignment.

In the spring semester, reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature: Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary. In addition to any independently selected works of American literature, reading must also include a minimum of TWO literary works (novel length) from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list



Semester Summative Assessments

Fall Semester Summative Assessments

In addition to the common exam for Junior English and a semester portfolio, learners must complete one summative assessment from each of the following categories:

• CATEGORY #1: thesis-based research paper

• CATEGORY #2: reflection paper, essay test response, multi-genre research paper

• CATEGORY #3: kiosk presentation, digital story poetry performance, podcast

Spring Semester Summative Assessments

In addition to the common exam for Junior English and a semester portfolio, learners must complete one summative assessment from each of the following categories:

• CATEGORY #1: thesis-based research paper

• CATEGORY #2: reflection paper, essay test response, multi-genre research paper

• CATEGORY #3: kiosk presentation, digital story poetry performance, podcast

Semester Formative Assessments: Fall & Spring

Each semester, learner’s will complete formative assessments which will reflect a readiness to demonstrate competency by:

• continually engaging in reading a wide variety of course specific literary works

• maintaining a Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook

• engaging in vocabulary development

• engaging in reading workshop

• engaging in writing workshop

• engaging in peer and individual conferences

• participating in academic discourse

If/When Absent

If/when absent from class, the student should:

• refer to the LHS student handbook for the make-up work policy

• see Mrs. Juster outside of class as soon as possible to develop a plan to get back on track


Note:

This is a tech-rich course. All student work will be completed digitally with the exception of reading. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the school’s computer resources in the library-media center during study hall, lunch or after school. Students with limited access to computers outside of class are reminded to use class time wisely.