• English 11 - American Literature

    Course Syllabus

    Mrs. Cortes -- Room 204



    • Virginia Standards of Learning Grade 11 (SOLs):


    11.1 - The student will make informative and persuasive presentations..

    11.2 - The student will examine how values and points of view are included or excluded and how

    media influences beliefs and behaviors.

    11.3 - The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to

    extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

    11.4 - The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature,

    history, and culture.

    11.5 - The student will read and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.

    11.6 - The student will write in a variety of forms, with an emphasis on persuasion.

    11.7 - The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation,

    spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

    11.8 - The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of

    sources to produce a research project.



    • English 11 Key Concepts:


    • Major Works: The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, Of Mice and Men
    • Selected short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and film as literature
    • Persuasive Essay Writing
    • Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Style, and The Writing Process
    • Vocabulary Development
    • Research & Oral Presentations



    • Major Semester Projects & Papers:


    • Article of the Week
    • ~3 Persuasive Essays
    • Research Presentation
    • Contemporary Literature Project



    • Textbook & Class Materials:


    1 inch three-ringed notebook filled with notebook paper, dividers, 1 folder (with or without prongs), pencils and pens (blue or black ink only!), headphones, spiral or composition notebook


    Textbook: Prentice Hall- The American Experience- Your textbook will remain in the classroom,

    unless otherwise instructed. We will be using the textbook frequently in class, therefore please return 

    your literature books to the designated area before leaving class to ensure you are prepared for the 

    next day.



    • Evaluation & Grading Scale



    10%- Daily Participation (Bellwork, In-class assignments)

    40%- Vocabulary & Reading Quizzes, Graded Classwork

    50%- Essays, Projects, & Presentations 

    All missing work earns an “M” in Infinite Campus; this serves as a ZERO until work is turned in. 


    Grading Scale:

    A+ 98-100 B+ 88-89 C+ 78-79 D+ 68-69 F 0-59

    A   92-97 B   82-87 C   72-77 D   62-67

    A- 90-91 B- 80-81 C- 70-71 D- 60-61

    Mrs. Cortes’ Classroom Expectations

    1. Beginning of class: once the second bell rings everyone must be seated and ready to begin bellwork. If you are not seated and working you will be counted tardy. There will be NO TALKING during bellwork, unless otherwise directed.


    1. Class Discussions: BE RESPECTFUL of whatever is going on during class time. You do not have to “raise your hand” to speak in this classroom; however, we ALL need to be patient with each other, listening and speaking one at a time.


    1. NO CELL PHONES: We’re here to learn about literature and language! Leave all of your personal drama and texting outside of our classroom :) Consequence for breaking the cell phone policy will result in confiscation and referral to the office.


    1. Make-up Work: It is your responsibility to get your make-up work after an absence. All make-up work must be completed within three school days of your absences. Plan to make-up any missed tests or quizzes the very next day that you are present at school.


    1. Leaving the classroom: All personal needs should be taken care of before or after class. Using the bathroom or getting a drink of water are not acceptable excuses for being late for class. Extended time spent out of the classroom will result in consequences.


    1. Notebooks: It is very important to be organized. Utilize your dividers to label units of study and keep all materials in the proper section. Do not throw anything away until the course is completed. HINT you never know when there may be an open note test or quiz.


    1. Book of Choice: Students will be expected to have chosen book(s) independently for multiple reading purposes. These books will be used for daily reading to build stamina for the upcoming Reading SOL, completion of assignments early, and formal book report projects. Once completing a book selection, students are required to choose another selection. Electronic books are permitted.


    1. Turning in assignments: Unless otherwise instructed, ALL in-class assignments will be turned in BEFORE the end of the class period. If you do not finish an in-class assignment, still turn in what you have finished. If you are present in class, I expect to see your work from that day turned in! All classwork should have your full name and the date at the top of your paper. All essays are expected to be typed. All typed essays must follow MLA guidelines.


    1. Fire/Emergency Drill: Quietly exit the classroom and stay together with the class. Once in the hallway exit to right and follow the stairs down to the ag wing parking lot. Remain in a single-file line, no talking, while I take role. Upon returning to the classroom we will resume class activity without any discussion.


    1. Food & Drink: Students are permitted to bring drinks and food into the classroom. All trash should be deposited in the trash cans. Students are expected to clean up after themselves; failure to do so will result in losing all drink and food privileges.



    • Ending Class: Students are to remain seated until the teacher dismisses the class. The bell does not dismiss the class, you do not dismiss the class, the teacher dismisses the class! There will be plenty of time at the end of the class period for last minute thoughts, questions about assignments, and time to pack up your things. Please be respectful and do not start packing up in the middle of a lesson.




    • Academic Integrity:


    Plagiarism is representing another's thoughts or ideas as your own. Notice this is not merely copying word for word another's work. It also encompasses the use of paraphrases or summaries of another's work. This is a serious offense with serious consequences. Plagiarized work will receive a failing grade of zero (0) %. Please note that in-text citation and a reference page are required when you use outside sources, including the internet.


    My expectations for everyone- practice good manners, take responsibility for your own actions, and try your absolute hardest! :)