Accel English 11

Syllabus--Accelerated English 11 -- 2015/2016 -- Semester 1--Mrs. Stokes


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.  You have signed up for Accelerated English 11.  Your course selection indicates that you plan to take AP English your senior year and/or you plan to attend a college or university after graduation.  Thus, this class is designed to prepare you for those future challenges.  In order to complete this course successfully, you will need to take on the responsibilities outlined below:


Classroom Behavior Guidelines:

**Be Here

**Be Respectful

**Be Responsible

**Be Positive


Attendance:  Attendance is of the utmost importance for an accelerated pace class.  Please know that you and you alone are responsible for collecting and completing any missed work in a timely fashion.  Work missed for an illness should be handed in within two days.  This includes tests and quizzes as well as daily work. Work missed for extracurricular absences should be handed in the next school day.


Homework:  This is a college prep class.  There will be homework.  Expect to have assigned reading (between 20 and 30 pages) most evenings.  Expect to do most essay writing outside of class.  While a small portion of class time may be allocated for these activities, “work time” will not encompass a major portion of instructional time.


Daily work:  Please expect regular reading-check quizzes and participation in daily discussion pertaining to the text.  The best way to understand and interact with literature is to share your experience with others. Another component of your daily work will be the reading response journal.  Your journal entries will be the foundation work for BOTH analyzing the text and your written assignments.


Late Work:  In simplest terms, late work is an unacceptable academic behavior for you to cultivate.  Communication is your key to success.  If you are having difficulties completing an assignment, please make an appointment with me ASAP-- avoid waiting until the last minute to seek help.


**All major projects will be assessed a 25%  penalty  if handed in within 3 days of the due date.  Late will beyond 3 days will be assessed a 50% penalty.  Assignments more than 1 week late will require an appointment to be made with the instructor in order to be accepted.

**Daily work will be handled on a case by case basis and MUST be handed directly to the teacher.  ALL late daily work is subject to a 50% penalty and WILL NOT be accepted after 1 week.


Supplies:  You will need a composition notebook, and a binder with loose leaf paper.   You will need to bring your text copies, computer,  and writing instruments each day.  


Academic Integrity: From the student handbook

When a student uses the exact or appropriate words of another or the ideas of another for an assignment, the student must give credit to the source Failure to give this credit is called plagiarism: consequences for plagiarism will range from, at minimum,a zero for the paper to, at maximum, a failure for the course. Our goal at Lincoln High School is to provide students with learning experiences that promote independent thinking and writing of which plagiarism has no part. Each of our English classes presents a short unit which defines plagiarism and spells out ways by which each student can be certain to avoid it.”

**The best way to avoid plagiarism is to ask for help when you need it.


Contact Info:

email:  stokesd@mpsd.k12.wi.us  (this is the BEST way to reach me)

Office Hours:  Before School, 2nd hour (in the Library), and 6th hour


Quarter 1--Reading and Responding to Narrative Texts

Unit 1: Poetry and setting habits and behaviors of successful readers and writers

”Blackberry Picking”

”To His Coy Mistress”

*Students will learn and practice the classroom protocols for the academic

 study of literature, and review the expectations for academic writing.  

“Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti

*Students will study the text and complete an essay on symbolism.


Unit 2: The non-fiction essays -- response and analysis

Various non-fiction essays

*Students will study the craft and purpose of the essay format.  

*Study will focus on Argumentation, Schemes and Tropes, and Rhetorical Analysis

*Students will complete a critical analysis of a selected essay.


--Note: Units 2 and 3 will overlap significantly.


Unit 3 : Novel Study --

The Lord of The Flies  by William Golding

*Students will read this, whole class, novel.  The academic focus is symbolism

 and allusion. Students will complete a literary analysis on symbolism


Quarter 2--Shakespeare Through the Ages:  Timeless Tragedy

Unit 4: Drama Study -- Hamlet  by William Shakespeare and Auxiliary Texts

       Hamlet RSC Production, Hamlet Reduced Shakespeare Production

*Students will study multiple interpretations of the play through which to analyze the central themes of: Appearance vs Reality, The Destructive Nature of Revenge, Gender Roles, and Passion vs Reason.  Students will complete a literary analysis essay of the play.

Unit 5: Extending the Theme -- Shakespeare’s Themes in the Modern Age

* Students will read modern literature connected to the themes in Hamlet .  They will produce a synthesis presentation and essay connecting the themes and looking continued inclusion of Shakespeare in the modern literature curriculum.  This module includes the integration of technology for communication.