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11th Grade English Language Arts Curriculum

11th Grade English Language Arts Curriculum
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The 11th grade Language Arts curriculum is more universal than in some of the other subjects.  Essentially, skills and knowledge build upon all former grades using increasingly complex texts and the development of more and more sophisticated levels of writing and speaking.

Using a comprehensive 11th grade English language arts curriculum supports your child in mastering these skills and providing opportunities to fill in gaps, and extend learning to a more sophisticated use of these skills.

Our 11th grade language arts curriculum explores various works of American Literature, from early American Indian voices and experiences to more contemporary pieces.  Students will read fiction, poetry, drama, and expository nonfiction by authors including Amy Tan, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Langston Hughes, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Michio Kaku, just to name a few.

What English Language Arts Concepts Should an 11th Grader Know?

In 11th grade, students should be able to perform numerous language arts activities such as:

  • Reading complex materials from a range of genres, including drama and poetry.
  • Making logical inferences and conclusions from text evidence.
  • Analyzing the structures of various texts and how those structures relate to the purpose.
  • Interpreting the use of rhetorical devices and subtle changes in word meaning.
  • Recognizing and correcting grammar errors in texts.
  • Using graphic organizers and correct English grammar, usage, and conventions to write, edit, and revise.
  • Writing narrative, compare-and-contrast, informative, and argumentative essays; literary and visual media analyses; and research papers.

Learn more about Time4Learning’s eleventh grade English language arts curriculum below.

Reading Goals/Objectives for 11th grade

By junior year in high school, much learning occurs through reading across subject areas.  Through use of a comprehensive 11th grade ELA curriculum, your child will work toward competence in reading strategies and skills.

Here are some reading goals and objectives for your 11th grader:

  • Identify central themes and elements within a work of literature.
  • Analyze how rhetorical techniques, point of view, and/or word choice and tone contribute to the meaning of a text.
  • Make inferences, draw conclusions, and determine the author’s purpose based on evidence in a text.
  • Analyze how the author’s use of text structures, imagery, suspense, stream of consciousness, humor, and sequence of events affect meaning and emotion.
  • Assess how an author develops character’s traits and motivations, as well as setting and plot, over the course of a narrative.
  • Analyze context to clarify the meaning of words in a text.
  • Compare and contrast two works of literature from the same genre, two texts of different genres about the same topic, or two different works from the same author.

Writing Goals/Objectives for 11th grade

As 11th graders prepare for college and career, the ability to write well becomes increasingly important. Those seeking college admission will present a first impression through the writing of their college essays. Writing skills are often noted as being both important for employment and lacking in many high school and college graduates.

Your 11th grade language arts curriculum should help your child meet writing goals and objectives like these:

  • Vary sentence patterns to enhance meaning, style, and the reader’s experience.
  • Use a graphic organizer as a pre-writing tool to organize the narrative sequence of a significant event.
  • Formulate and write a thesis statement to support a claim.
  • Write narrative, informative, and argumentative essays.
  • Compose a five-paragraph literary analysis that draws evidence from a literary text.
  • Apply strategies for gathering, organizing, and evaluating sources for research writing.
  • Use MLA citation correctly.
  • Revise, edit, and rewrite for ideas, organization, and voice.

Grammar Goals/Objectives for 11th Grade

As upcoming high graduates, 11th graders need to be able to convey what they mean through writing that is free from errors. Additional grammar goals and objectives for 11th grade language arts include:

  • Recognize and correct shifts in verb tense and subject-verb agreement errors.
  • Edit writing to identify and correct spelling errors.
  • Use subject, object, possessive, and intensive pronouns properly.
  • Apply proper punctuation for emphasis/effect and to set off elements.
  • Identify parallel structure and revise sentences for correct parallelism.
  • Locate and correct dangling, misplaced, and troublesome modifiers.
  • Edit and rewrite for sentence fluency and word choice.

Time4Learning’s 11th Grade Language Arts Scope & Sequence

  • The Iroquois Creation Myth: “The World on Turtle’s Back”
  • Jonathan Edwards’s “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
  • Thomas Paine
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Fireside Poets
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry David Thoreau – Walden
  • Henry David Thoreau – “Civil Disobedience”
  • Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
  • Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
  • Verb Tense, Verb Voice, and Verb Mood
  • Writing Workshop: Narrative Writing
  • Suspense and Horror: Gothic Writing across Time
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Symbols in Moby-Dick
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”
  • Dark Hauntings: “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • Choosing Vocabulary
  • Writing Workshop: Compare-Contrast Essay
  • Abolition and Women’s Rights Movements, Part 1
  • Abolition and Women’s Rights Movements, Part 2
  • The Mississippi River Runaways
  • American Indian Issues
  • Pronoun Agreement and Reference
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 1
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 2
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 3
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 4
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 5
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 6
  • Realist Novel Study, Part 7
  • Research Workshop: Generating Research Questions and Evaluating Sources
  • Dramatic Monologue and Stream of Consciousness in Poetry
  • Meta Poetry: Poetry about Poetry
  • Robert Frost’s Poetry
  • Reflecting on World War I
  • Speaking and Listening: Evaluating a Speaker
  • Writing Workshop: Literary Analysis
  • Cumulative Exam
  • Trifles: The Rise of Modern Feminism on the Stage, Part 1
  • Trifles: The Rise of Modern Feminism on the Stage, Part 2
  • Interpreting a Source Text: A Production of Trifles
  • The True Story behind Trifles
  • King Arthur’s Socks, Part 1
  • King Arthur’s Socks, Part 2
  • Nonrestrictive Elements and Parallel Structure
  • Writing Workshop: Exploring Argument
  • Hemingway’s World War I
  • Fitzgerald and the Roaring Twenties
  • Depression and Hard Times
  • Southern Gothic
  • Correct Modifiers and Concise Wording
  • Writing Workshop: Comparing Texts
  • Poetry of Langston Hughes
  • Richard Wright’s Struggles with Racism
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Disobedience
  • Choosing Language for Context and Purpose
  • Writing Workshop: Argumentative Essay
  • Individualism, Modern Capitalism, and Dystopian Visions
  • Beat Poetry
  • Beat Movement Spontaneous Prose
  • Experiencing and Reliving Vietnam
  • Vietnam Literary Journalism
  • Critiques of American Society in Science Fiction
  • Using Resources and Reference Materials for Editing
  • Writing Workshop: Visual Media Analysis
  • Contemporary American Indian Voices
  • Latin American Magic Realist Voices
  • Latina Poetry as an Expression of Cultural Heritage
  • Exploring Cultural Identity through Language
  • Asian American Voices
  • Choosing Language
  • A Look at the Fast-Food Industry by Eric Schlosser
  • The Poetry of Physics
  • A Response to 9/11 by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • A Nonfiction Account of Hurricane Katrina by Dave Eggers
  • Ordering the Chaos of the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Freakonomics
  • Research Workshop: Writing and Presenting the Argumentative Essay, Part 1
  • Research Workshop: Writing and Presenting the Argumentative Essay, Part 2
  • Cumulative Exam

Why Choose Time4Learning’s 11th Grade English Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum?

Time4Learning’s 11th grade English language arts curriculum contains fiction and nonfiction text excerpts and learning activities arranged by periods in American history. Students will improve their reading comprehension and analysis while developing writing and grammar skills. Following the chronological order of presentation allows for context surrounding the works and a broader understanding of text meanings.

Our 11th grade ELA curriculum sets students up for success with thousands of skills that challenge students at the right time. For $30 per month, parents can choose four high school courses to homeschool their child or as a supplemental program. Additional courses can be added for $5 per month, per course. Mastering literacy skills means the information world is at their fingertips.

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