• Accelerated English 11 Course Components

    Literature – The American Experience

    • Novel Units (2 to 4 novels chosen by teacher)
      • Huckleberry Finn
      • Their Eyes Were Watching God
      • Grapes of Wrath
      • The Great Gatsby
      • A Farewell to Arms
      • Of Mice and Men
    • Play Units (2 to 4 plays chosen by teacher)
      • Death of a Salesman
      • The Crucible
      • The Glass Menagerie
      • A Streetcar Named Desire
      • Othello

    • Short Story Unit
      • 10 to 20 short stories in various genres
    • Non-Fiction Unit
      • 5 to 10 non-fiction pieces
    • Poetry Unit
      • 2 to 4 poems on various subjects

    Vocabulary (25% of each marking period)

    • Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level G
      • 15 units, plus extra words for SAT prep

    Grammar (including but not limited to)

    • Grammar units will be concerned with SAT preparation and writing improvement
      • Punctuation
      • Usage
      • Pronoun Agreement and Case
      • Parallel Structure
      • Dangling/Misplaced Modifiers
      • Vague Pronoun Reference
      • Sentence Structure


    • Writing will be ongoing throughout the school year including but not limited to –
      • Expository literature based essays
      • Essays relating to non-fiction topics
      • One literary research paper on a short story by an American author (25% of the marking period grade)
      • Personal narratives, descriptive, and persuasive pieces
      • SAT preparation
      • Creative writing pieces

    Assessments (including but not limited to)

    • Tests and quizzes
    • Homework
    • Projects (individual and group)
    • Oral presentations
    • Technology presentations
    • Portfolio
    • Objective and subjective writing assessments

    Graduation Project

    • Comparison/contrast of two short stories by the same author, or American novel/play
    • 7 to 8 pages with a visual component and a presentation

    R-Rated Films

    • The following films are included in the course with signed parent approval
      • Othello (1995 version) – Faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello used to compliment and visualize readings and analysis of the play. Rated R for violence, brief nudity in one scene.


    Council Rock School District strongly encourages parents to survey the outstanding collection of challenging literature contained within our program. Much of the content presents important and complex ideas that encourage critical thinking. Any connection discussed in class is made that much stronger by the conversation and connections that are made at home. We invite you to discuss any of the elements of our courses with your child’s teacher.