11th Grade Class Syllabus

 11th Grade Language Arts


Course Description: This study in language arts is designed to communicate on a written and verbal level. This study will help students to build a level of grammatical comprehension relevant to real life situations. This study takes those grammatical skills and uses them to compose written words that relate to their lives and studies. Through this course students will develop a greater appreciation for elements of literature and its historical and contemporary connection. Students will read assorted reading materials and will be introduced to a variety of recognized authors, philosophers and artists of diverse cultures as they develop a respect for cultural differences and recognize literary themes reflected in life.

Course Procedure:

· Grammatical Practice

· Direct Skill Instruction

· Individual and Group Activities

· Daily Oral Language (DOL)

· Class Discussions

· Vocabulary Enrichment

· Composition Writing

· Projects

· Literary Enrichment/Elements

Course Evaluation/Grading:

The following point values/percentages for each nine weeks are approximate and may be adjusted as student needs and progress are evaluated:

Grammar Practice


Literary Elements

Project/Class Participation

Course Objectives: Students will

· Explain distinguishing characteristics of odes, ballads, epic poetry, historical documents, essays, letters to the editor, and editorials.

· Analyze works of literature for character motivation, mood, tone, theme, similarities across texts, and literary devices.

· Write in narrative, expository, and argumentative modes with attention to descriptive elements. (COS 6,10,11,17,18,19,20,23,24,25,26)

· Apply mechanics in writing, including using quotation marks, underlining, and italics to punctuate title and using semicolons, conjunctive adverbs and commas to join two independent clauses or to correct run-on sentences. (COS 20)

· Use prepositional phrases and compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to vary sentence structure. (COS 20)

· Identify the correct use of degree of comparison, adjectives and adverb forms, and subject-verb agreement with collective nouns when verb forms depend on the rest of the sentence and with compound subjects, including those joined by or with the second element as singular or plural. (COS 20)

· Combine all aspects of the research process to compose a report. (COS I2,I4)

· Identify characteristics of spoken formal and informal language.  
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