Eleventh grade English focuses on the study of American Literature through historical and thematic lenses. The literary selections reflect the diverse experiences and plurality of voices found within United States throughout history. Areas of focus include native literature, transcendentalism, individualism, realism, local color, gothic fiction, and modernism. Writing is emphasized, and each student is challenged to further develop his or her individual voice through a variety of creative and analytical writing activities. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in the context of literary selections as well as through dedicated grammar texts. Consideration is given to the strategies useful for success on the verbal section of the SAT and ACT.
The following is a representative list of books read in 11th Grade English classes: The Scarlet Letter; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; Macbeth; Death of a Salesman; The Crucible; The Great Gatsby; The Catcher in the Rye; The Old Man and the Sea; Fahrenheit 451; Inherit the Wind; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.