Honors English 11: Course Overview

Course Description

This course is a tech-integrated honors English course designed to provide college-bound students with the opportunity to critically analyze and interpret selected literary works from each of the following periods and movements in American literature: Colonialism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary.
 

Our approach to the literature for this course offers students a challenge in terms of reading pace and/or depth of analysis. We will hone and expand upon our writing skills through a variety of expositional and creative papers with a special focus on the research process and the thesis-based research paper. Critical analysis of film, student presentations, and academic discourse activities will provide us with opportunities to further develop literacy in a variety of media beyond print. As with most honors courses, this course involves a consistent homework load of long-term and short-term assignments as well as summer reading.

Competency-Based Education Pilot Program

To learn more about this pilot program and competencies, click here. The competencies for the Jr. English Competency-Based Education Pilot Program are as follows:

Competency #1Reading

Competency #2: Writing

Competency #3: Research

Competency #4: Listening/Speaking/Viewing

Competency #5: Technology

If/When Absent

If/when absent from class, the student should:

     • refer to the LHS student handbook for the make-up work policy

      • see Mrs. Juster outside of class as soon as possible to develop a plan to get back on track 

Note:

This is a tech-rich course. All student work will be completed digitally with the exception of reading. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the school's computer resources in the library-media center during study hall, lunch or after school. Students with limited access to computers outside of class are reminded to use class time wisely.

Course Specific Criteria: Honors English 11

Over the course of the academic year, choices for reading must include:

• epic novel or author study (three long-form works by same author) from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list

• book group text from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list

 

In the fall semester, reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature: Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary. In addition to any independently selected works of American literature, reading must also include a minimum of:

• TWO literary works from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list

• TWO summer reading texts from the Honors English 11 summer reading assignment

 

In the spring semester, reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature: Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary. In addition to any independently selected works of American literature, reading must also include a minimum of  TWO literary works from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

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Semester Summative Assessments 

Each semester, learners must complete the following in addition to the common exam for Junior English:

• ONE thesis-based research paper
• ONE reflection paper or  essay test response or multi-genre research paper
• ONE digital presentation/performance: kiosk presentation or digital story or podcast
• semester digital portfolio
 

Semester Formative Assessments

Each semester, learner's will complete formative work which will reflect a readiness to demonstrate competency by:

• continually engaging in reading a wide variety of course specific literary works
• maintaining a Reader's and Writer's Digital Notebook
• engaging in reading workshop
• engaging in writing workshop
• participating in academic discourse