English 11 Syllabus

   11th Grade English Syllabus


Teacher: Mrs. Russell

Room: 135

Planning: 7th period


Required Text: Prentice Hall Literature: Course 2 The American Experience (these will be issued as a classroom set, and all of the texts can be found on the class website as well!)


Required Course Supplies: 3-ring binder (1 or 1.5”), one-subject spiral bound notebook, pens and/or pencils, and highlighters


Novels: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)

 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922)

 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)


Drama: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (1945)


Course Overview: This course is designed to continue each student’s English Language Arts education through the study of literature, writing, grammar, and mechanics. Students will encounter and interact with complex texts selected to prepare them to enter upper level English courses here at Southside High School. Students will read and study a variety of texts including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction texts with their historical contexts.


Writing Requirements: Students will write at least 4 researched essays throughout the course of the semester. These papers will count for larger portions of the student’s grade, so care should be given to working hard on these essays and preparing for them in advance. More information concerning the essays will be given closer to their respective due dates.


Interactive Notebook/Binder: Each student will keep an interactive notebook for notes, handouts, and other coursework. The rationale of the notebooks is that students will create their own interpretation of information presented in the class in a way that is useful to them in their continuing study of English. I recommend students purchase a 1” or 1.5” binder in which they keep a 1-subject notebook. They will take notes in the notebook and place handouts in the binder. Students will be graded on the content of their binder at random intervals. Keep up with notes and handouts!


Makeup Policy: In accordance with school policy, students have 3 days to complete makeup work from the date of the absence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the missing work and complete it within three days. Tests/quizzes/projects will be completed at the teacher’s discretion. Alternate assignments are to be expected in these cases.


Class Rules


  1. Enter the classroom quietly and be seated and ready to work by the time the bell rings. Running into the classroom as the bell rings IS a tardy.

  2. Stay in your seat until the bell rings. Do not line up at the door.

  3. You are expected to come to class ready to work every single day. If we’re reading a novel, bring it. You will NOT be allowed to go back to your locker for supplies. Points will be deducted from assignments for missing supplies.

  4. No food, drink, or candy in the classroom including drinks in stainless steel tumblers. You will be asked to leave them outside the classroom.

  5. No backpacks in the classroom. They crowd up walking spaces and are in the way. Use your locker!

  6. Absolutely NO CELL PHONES OR DEVICES without prior permission from the teacher. This is the only warning you will receive. Your phone will be taken until the end of the day for the first violation; a parent or guardian will be required to pick up the device after the first violation. Please tell everyone you know not to text, call, message, Snap, or whatever else you during my class period. If you can’t resist the temptation of your phone, leave it in your locker!

  7. No talking during announcements. Everyone deserves to be able to hear what’s being said without incessant talking.

  8. Be respectful to your peers! This means no bullying, taking unwanted videos or pictures (see rule 6 for what will happen), or disrespect in any way, shape, form, or fashion.









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