11th Grade English

English 11 - Regular, Honors, AP

Course Purpose

ALL 11th grade English classes are designed to help students become deeper readers, more analytical writers, and critical thinkers.

In addition to the study of numerous non-fiction primary source documents, students will read novels by major American authors that should augment the student’s understanding of a particular time period, style, or issue.

All levels focus on skills!

Reading

  • close reading modeling in class
  • annotating practice for a deeper understanding
  • focusing on understanding the author’s purpose

Writing

  • rhetorical & literary analysis
  • persuasive (SOL & SAT)
  • document based synthesis research paper
  • all students will practice and have opportunities to revise

English 11

Students are expected:

  • to have a fundamental understanding of material as the class is more structured, with more opportunities to review plot and concepts,
  • to work on reading and annotating skills to improve comprehension,
  • to work on informal and formal writing skills to be able to create persuasive arguments using the CEC paragraph organization.

English 11 Honors

Students are expected:

  • to possess a strong understanding of plot as texts may be explored in greater depth, as class work is spent building on basic tenets at a more accelerated rate,
  • to exhibit complexity of thought and a more sophisticated use of language and style & work on improving their writing skills over the course of the school year,
  • to exhibit independent diligence and self-advocacy.

AP Language & Composition

Students are expected:

  • to exhibit complexity of thought and a more sophisticated use of language and style,
  • to work on reading and writing skills in preparation for the national exam in May.

Students have the option of taking AP Language and Composition as a stand alone course OR LINKED with AP U.S. History.

AP Options 

  • Students have the option of taking AP Language and Composition as a stand alone course OR LINKED with AP U.S. History.
  • Linked - consists of two courses, AP U.S. History and AP English Language & Composition. The interdisciplinary focus means that students will study the same material in the same chronological order thus will receive enhanced learning of content in both classes.
  • In terms of writing, students will focus on the same organizational rules and write in both English and history thus improving their skills with additional practice.
  • Students will write one (total) research paper if they chose the linked option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pages of reading per night

Standard: 20-25 Honors: 30-40 AP: 30-50

Essays per quarter

Standard: 1-2 Honors: 2-3 AP: 3-4

Projects per quarter

Standard: 1-2 Honors: 1-2 AP: 2-3

Making a decision………

Consider your teacher’s recommendation.

Consider that strong writing skills are required for all college courses.

Electives

Journalism

Enjoy writing? Photography? Design?

If you answered yes to any of these, consider refining your journalism skills and become part of The Saxon Scope, the print and online news publication at Langley!

Duration: One year Homework: Minimal

Journalism counts as a Fine Arts elective required for graduation!

Film Studies

The cure for the common course!

  • Full year film course
  • View films from many exciting genres
  • Learn about film history, theory and culture
  • Work done in class
  • A humanities department elective
  • Occasional writing (NOT a writing-based course)
  • Counts as a Fine Arts Elective required for graduation

Forensics and Debate

Both are semester-long classes where students build confidence, character and competence as they deliver speeches on various topics.

The Speech and Debate Club is student driven and quite active.