Take this class only if you are willing to complete all assignments and to attend school regularly.  You must have the integrity to do your own work and not to share it with your peers.


    VOCABULARY: You will regularly be assigned a unit of vocabulary.  We will review your answers the day before the exam; on the day of the exam, you will hand in your book and take the vocabulary test.  I will randomly choose a section of the unit to grade and then return the book.  NO late books will be accepted.  You will be responsible for the entire vocabulary on your final exam.


    LITERATURE: You will be responsible for most of the selections in the American literature book, and you will complete critical thinking and analyzing worksheets on the selections read.  There will be periodic tests from the literature book.  You will also write substantial essays on the content of an era of literature, including historical background and excerpts for support.


    OUTSIDE READING:  Students and parents should review the list of books to be used in English 11AA.  These books contain mature material that is intended to support the AP English class and the AP English exam.  If an objection to a book exists, the student should schedule himself or herself into an English 11A class.  You will be required to read two novels or plays each six weeks, except for the last six weeks, when you will read three.  You will be expected to have the maturity to discuss these books in class.

    Miller, The Crucible

    Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

    Melville, Billy Budd

    Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

    Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

    Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

    Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

    Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

    O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night

    Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

    Miller, Death of a Salesman

    There will be no discussion of any book until after the standardized test. 


    CLASS ACTIVITIES: You will participate in writing and performing selections based on the texts, and write and deliver a persuasive speech.


    RESEARCH: You will write a research paper on a twentieth-century American author and analyze one of the major works of that author.  Using the Writer’s Inc, you will cite and document your paper.


    The formats of both the mid-term and final exam consist of multiple-choice, short answer, and major essay.


    English 11AA is not a weighted grade.  It is important to take this class if you plan to take AP English because the selections read often appear on the AP Exam.  There will be extra credit offered for attending or performing in pre-approved plays.


    It is important that you take Advanced Composition.





    English 11AA Overview of year


    1st six weeks

    Beginnings of Am. Lit. (Native, Colonial, Revolutionary)



    The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter

    Colonial/Revolutionary interview


    2nd six weeks

    Romanticism, American Renaissance


    PSAT practice

    Billy Budd, Huck Finn

    Twain skit

    Group work


    3rd six weeks

    Realism, Naturalism


    The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby


    Persuasive speech



    4th six weeks

    The Moderns


    The Old Man and the Sea, Of Mice and Men


    Figurative Language

    Research paper


    5th six weeks

    Modernism, Harlem Renaissance


    As I Lay Dying, The Catcher in the Rye

    Research paper


    6th six weeks

    Contemporary Literature (Postmodernism, Magical Realism)


    Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman