American Literature

Course Overview 

Welcome to Classical Magnet School

Grade 11 American literature

Ms. Perez   

Course Overview

The 11th grade English curriculum is a study of the American Literature. In this course, we will be heavily involved in the analysis and synthesis of the following pieces of classical literature:

 ·         The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

·         Oedipus Rex

·         Macbeth

·         The Great Gatsby

·         The Woman Warrior

·         Excerpts from Native American literature and from the Harlem Renaissance 

In addition to the aforementioned novels and plays, we will focus on developing and building vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. Class projects include research papers, literary essays, and at least one interdisciplinary coached project. Student centered seminars on ideas and themes that originate from literature and focus on the students’ lives will also be an integral component of this course.  The grading criterion is as follows: 

·         Papers and Projects           30%

·         Tests                                     25%

·         HW                                      

Quizzes           20%

·         Journal/Notebook         10%

·         Class Participation and Classwork       10%   


Classroom Expectations and procedures

As a member of the Classical Magnet School learning community, you are expected to demonstrate gravitas, dignitas, and pietas. 

·         Gravitas: ability to exhibit a seriousness of purpose and focus on their on personal and academic growth.

·         Dignitas: ability to exhibit respect for self and others.

·         Pietas: ability to exhibit loyalty and dedication to the school community through their daily actions toward the facility, staff, and peers. 

The following is a list of class procedures that will be instrumental in your success this year: 

·         PLEASE be prepared for class EVERYDAY with your English notebook, pen or pencil, completed homework, agenda, and an enthusiasm for learning.

·         Make sure textbooks are covered. You are responsible for each book and will have to pay lost book fee if you do not return the book when you are required to do so.

·         If you are absent from school and you have missed an assignment and/or quiz/test, you will be given a reasonable amount of time to make up the work. It is your responsibility to obtain and submit the missed assignments and schedule a time to make up the missed test or quiz. I can be contacted through e-mail or phone.

·         If you do not complete a homework assignment on a day you are present in class, you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment and will not be allowed to make up that assignment.

·         If you do not turn in a paper or project on the due date, ten (10) points will be deducted from your final grade for each day that it is late. For example, if a paper or project is due on October 1st and you submit it on October 3rd, twenty (20) points will be deducted from your final grade. If your final grade is an 88, it will then become a 68 because it was two (2) days late. Remember, papers and projects are worth 30% of your grade.     

 Contact me

If you have any questions or concerns regarding class assignments, please contact me through e-mail: You may also contact me at (860) 695-9347. DO NOT hesitate to call or e-mail me. I don’t bite and am willing to assist you with whatever questions or concerns you may have.   

I expect all students to respect their peers, be an active participant in class discussions, question intelligently, think logically, and work cooperatively.