In 11th grade English, students read and discuss a variety of literature through the lens of literary elements and techniques. This year long course is designed so that English Language Learners are moving on to more challenging readings as the year progresses. We begin with short stories and then move on to novels that slowly increase in difficulty. In addition, the literary elements and techniques increase in complexity as the year progresses, beginning with the basics of setting and conflict, building to the more difficult concepts of metaphor, theme, symbolism, etc.
Student choice is built into the course through the use of Layered Curriculum and Book Clubs.
Students conduct research to place the literature in its historical context (e.g., The Great Depression, Jim Crow, slavery, African colonialism, the Trujillo era).
Write a compare/contrast essay for The Giver and Pleasantville
Compare/contrast novel and film versions of Of Mice and Men
As a group, choose a short story to read and present to the class.
For each novel, complete and present packet of daily activity guides, each with a written component.
For each novel, choose options from each layer of the Layered Curriculum to complete and present to teacher.
Through the use of Layered Curriculum, students are assessed on a daily basis as they present pieces of work to the teacher, either one on one or in a small group. In addition, students take exams at the mid-point of each book and choose from a menu of projects at the end of each book.
Write a fictional slave narrative.
Create a group project (PowerPoint, website, animoto, etc.) about your Book Club's book.