English 11 Syllabus

English 11 Course Syllabus

Mrs. Roeder-Sussman


Course Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.      improve his/her writing skills

2.      improve his/her reading skills

3.      work in a group situation and be a contributing member

4.      become a critical thinker

5.      become a self-directed learner

6.      produce quality work

7.      self-evaluate


Units of the Course

1.      To Kill a Mockingbird~complete assignments, readings, comprehensive test and projects for the novel (we will be watching the movie based on this text—no rating)

2.      Holt-Rhinehart-Winston English 11 Curriculum~

Ch. 1~Encounters & Foundations to 1800

Ch. 2~American Romanticism 1800-1860 (we will be watching “Sleepy Hollow”— rated R)

Ch. 4~The Rise of Realism: The Civil War to 1914 (we will be watching “Andersonville”-no rating)

3.  Interactive Notebook


Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed throughout the year by:

Essays*            Class Participation   Quizzes                            

Projects             Short Lectures            Indiv./Group Work   Tests

Cooperation  Homework                       Class Discussions     Interactive Notebook


*Essays not turned in by the rough draft due date will not be accepted late.  Failure to turn in the rough draft will consequently result in the failure of the paper and no points will be recorded for the assignment.


**Students are encouraged to offer comparable alternatives to assignments that they feel will not challenge them adequately.




Life Rules

During and at the completion of this course, students should exhibit the following “Life Rules”:

1.      Be Prompt

2.      Be Prepared

3.      Participate

4.      Be respectful of self, others, and the environment


Attendance and Late Work

                Tardies: will be monitored and the school’s tardy policy will be followed.  

1st tardy~warning

                2nd tardy~phone call home to parent

                3rd tardy~referral for detention


Cuts: ensure a deduction in grade because you cannot make up any work you missed on that day & points will be recorded as zero.


Late work due to absence: if you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.  You must get assignments on the first day you are back in school.  You will have two (2) class meeting days to get the assignment turned in.  If you are absent the day something is due, the assignment must be handed in at the beginning of class on the day you return.


Mastery Learning: Major assessments, such as essays, tests, and projects, are the only assignments that can be made up within the mastery learning model.  Work that is not quality will be returned to the student with the understanding that quality must be achieved.  A two (2) day window, two (2) school days, will be open so students may improve their work and achieve mastery of the subject.  The two-day window is at the discretion of the teacher and only given to students who have been putting forth a sincere effort in class.


Extra Credit: No extra credit is given in this course.


Homework: Homework will be assigned and it is to be turned in at the beginning of the next class meeting; failure to turn in homework on the day and time it is due will result in zero points being awarded for the assignment(s).



Help is available before and after school and during lunch.  Prior arrangements must be made with the teacher.



All assignments are by points.  Letter grades are based on the following scale:
















If you understand all of the requirements and expectations, please sign below to show you are willing to commit yourself to fulfilling them with your best effort—QUALITY!


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Thank you,

Lisa Roeder-Sussman

885-4581, ex. 5800

Hours available 7:40-3:00