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01003 English 11

English 11 is designed to follow the development of American literature from its early beginnings to the contemporary era, including sermons, diaries, speeches, short stories, poetry, novels, and journalism. Students will write a research paper and other persuasive essays and will gain exposure to writing and rhetorical techniques grounded in primary sources and key pieces from select literary periods.

This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for English 11.


  • English 9 and 10 (required)

Course Texts and Materials


The following works are not in the public domain and, therefore, must be purchased/accessed separately. The local school is responsible for providing these required texts for students.

  • Short Stories
    • “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway
    • “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty
    • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
    • “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter
  • Books
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Terms Offered

Starting 2021–2022: Offered in two half-credit semesters.

  • 01003 English 11 Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
  • 01003 English 11 Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)

Note: For Summer Session 2021, this course is offered as a single, 1.0 credit, 6-week course.

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