Tara Deel

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English 11 Syllabus

A 204

Tara Deel

Planning period: 4th Block 1:35-2:55

Phone number: (276) 835-1600 Ext. 3008

Email address: tndeel@dcps.k12.va.us

Course Description

English 11 will study the development of American literature.  Students will learn the history of American literature and track the development of the literature through modern writing.  While studying the evolution of American literature, students should further develop their reading skills while expanding their literary vocabulary to better enhance reading comprehension.

This class will be a writing intensive class.  Students will expand their writing capabilities beyond a basic five paragraph essay and all essays are required to have a developed and specific thesis statement.  Students are responsible for integrating an expanded vocabulary into their writing while developing writing that expresses their ideas. All writing will be subject to prewriting, editing, and final draft review (to be completed by peers and instructor).

Course elements and expectations

1.      Read all literature carefully and critically.

2.      Consider and identify the structure, style, and theme while also recognizing the use of specific literary devices (i.e. figurative language, imagery, etc.).

3.      Use historical and social backgrounds of literature in order to help understand meaning and influence.

4.      Identify the traits and characteristics of writing then demonstrate mastery of those writing skills.

5.      Write a variety of essays (expository, argumentative, and analytical) that demonstrate an understanding of the text and promote a critical/analytical interpretation of the literature.


All students will add a submission for their PERFORMANCE BASED ASSESSMENT and complete the EOC READING SOL Test.


·         11.1 The student will make informative and persuasive presentations.

·         11.2 The student will examine how values and points of view are included or excluded and how media influences beliefs and behaviors.

·         11.3 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

·         11.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.

·         11.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.

·         11.6 The student will write in a variety of forms, with an emphasis on persuasion.

·         11.7 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

·         11.8 The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of sources to produce a research product.

Needs for the Class

None--Work will be completed on Google Classroom

Grading Scale

Participation 10%

Daily Grades        20%

Quizzes                           30%

Tests 40%



Exam Exemption Policy

An exam will be given on the next to last day or last day of classes depending upon which blocks are decided upon by the administration. The exam exemption policy is as follows:






F—no exemptions

Make-Up Work Policy

Students must complete assignments when assigned. When absent, the student will have five days to turn in an assignment; assignments will not be accepted after the fifth day. A student will not get to make up an assignment (s)he is present for and simply does not complete it.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is offered throughout the semester at my discretion. It will be offered to the class as a whole. Extra credit will not be given at the end of the nine weeks/semester because a student wants a higher grade.

Alternate Assignments

Some materials of important literary value that will be read/viewed may reference or include language or sensitive subject matter, but these selections will be chosen carefully because of their value. Some video versions will have a PG 13 rating. If parents DO NOT wish for their child to read a particular novel or view a class video, they must submit a request in writing that their child be given an alternate assignment to complete while the class is studying the novel or viewing the movie.

Classroom Rules

1.      There will be absolutely no talking during instruction!

2.      Never forget rule #1!

3.      No cell phones or music devices.

4.      Please be on time. Any student not in class at the tardy bell should go to the office for a pass.

5.      Bring all necessary materials to class. Students will not be allowed out of class to get materials they should already have.

6.      Go to the restroom before class. Students will not be let out of class for any reason. We will take a break half way through class.

7.      No food or drinks allowed. The only allowance will be bottled water.

8.      All assignments must be completed and turned in on time.

9.      No bullying! Participation in class in encouraged. There will be no ridicule of another student’s legitimate opinion or point of view. Respect other people and their property.

10.  Absolutely no writing on walls, desks, or other school property. Keep your area clean.

11.  Computers are used for relevant class work only. No emailing or Internet surfing without permission from the teacher.

12.  Know the school’s handbook to avoid breaking any rules.

Consequences for rule breakers:

First offense: Verbal warning

Second offense: Teacher/Student conference

Third offense: Parent/teacher conference

Fourth offense: Student will be sent to principal’s office

***Consequences depend upon the severity of the issue.


I have the right to rearrange or change any of this information as I see fit.

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Parents/Guardians, please provide your email address (preferred) and/or telephone number(s) on the lines provided so I can contact you if needed.