English 11

English 11 Course Syllabus 2020 (Subject to change)

Rachael Couch, Room 228 

Email:rachael_couch@ecboe.org Phone: (256) 442-2172 

Plan Time: 6th Period 


Textbook: Pearson Prentice Hall, Course 2: The American Experience, 1900 to Present, Alabama Common Core Edition. 

Online Learning Platform: SchoolsPLP

Course Description: English 11 is an integrated study of the beginnings of American literature, as well as grammar, usage, and composition. The American Experience, Course 2 is broken down into three time periods: 

1) Literature of the Modern Age, 1914-1945 

2) Literature of the Post-War Era, 1945-1970 

3) Literature of the Contemporary Period, 1970 to Present 

(For a comprehensive list of detailed selections from each time period, please see the course outline on my website.) 

The literature studied will encompass the short story, drama, and novel and focus on literary elements and analyses. Comprehensive grammar instruction will provide an opportunity for students to polish their skills in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and usage. Composition will address construction of standard paragraphs, and progress to multi-paragraph essays, in various modes of writing. Vocabulary study will also be incorporated throughout the course, with an emphasis on words encountered in literature selections. 

Course Objectives: Course objectives for English 11 correspond to the Common Core CCRS (College and Career Ready Standards) which are aligned with the 2010 Alabama State Course of Study. For a list of the CCRS objectives, visit the ECBOE website: Login  and the Alabama State Department of Education website: ALSDE Home.

Class Preparation: All students are expected to spend adequate time in study and preparation for any assignment, test, quiz, or other project. 

Attendance Policy: Regular school attendance is important for all students. Please note that course content and grading procedures are structured in such a way that regular attendance is necessary to successfully complete course requirements. 

Grading Policy and Assessment: Grades will be on a points earned basis and are not weighted during the normal grading period. However, semester exams do count as 10% of the student’s grade. The student’s first and second nine week averages will each count 45% of the overall final grade, making the 100% average for the course. Pacing zeroes will be entered if assignments are not completed on time.  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to make up any missed work from EXCUSED absences. 




COVID Procedures:

We will follow the ECBOE and SHS guidelines and procedures. It is important that you also do your part by wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands, and if you are experiencing symptoms do not come to school.


Schools PLP:

SchoolsPLP is an online resource that we will use to complete and turn in assignments. It is an online learning platform similar to Google Classroom like we have used in the past. Each student can utilize this like an online textbook with assignments built in. It is designed to work on any device that connects to the internet. However, a tablet or laptop may make it more user friendly.  Each student will receive their login information from their homeroom teacher.  

Classroom Rules: (Some rules are temporarily altered because of COVID.)

1. Be on time for class and always have necessary materials. 

2. Respect others and their property. 

3. No food or drink is allowed. 

4. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat or speak during instruction. 

5. Be attentive at all times. Do not involve yourself in activities (sleeping, talking, passing 

notes/letter writing, etc.) that will hinder you from paying attention to the content taught. 

6. All rules and regulations in the Etowah County Code of Student Conduct and the SHS Code of Conduct will be strictly enforced. 


For a PDF form of this syllabus, click here: English 11 Course Syllabus 2020.pdf