Virtual Virginia

1150 English 11

Field of Study

English 11 is designed to give students a survey of American Literature, experience writing a research paper and other persuasive essays, and exposure to writing and rhetorical techniques grounded in primary sources and key pieces from select literary periods.

Material Covered

The English 11 course is designed to follow the development of American literature from its early beginning to the contemporary era, including sermons, diaries, speeches, short stories, poetry, novels, and journalism. Students explore American writers within the context of biographical, historical and cultural contexts, including the performing and visual arts. As students work their way through this chronological survey, they will explore various literary movements to analyze and evaluate the evolution of the American identity. Each module contains a writing focus and a rhetorical focus; literature within each module will be examined according to those focuses. The writing focus of this course will be on persuasive writing; outlines will be used for all major essays. Students will compose a research paper in MLA format. Other assignments and lessons will be implemented as determined by the needs of the students.

Student Expectations

While the instructor is heavily involved with the progression of this reading and writing intensive course, the onus falls to the student stay on task and communicate questions to the instructor. The instructor will provide suggested pacing for the week, but the student should exhibit mature self-pacing and time management. Students should create and maintain a physical or electronic course notebook for notes, journals, and review.

Related Requirements

Through the course, students will be prepared to take the Virginia English EOC Standards of Learning Reading and Writing Tests. This is not a requirement of the course. Students should check with their individual school districts for requirements and testing dates.


  • Successful completion of English 9 and 10

Course Texts and Materials


*The content will provide a link for this text online, but students may choose to purchase or borrow a hard copy

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry*
  • Students will be required to participate in an independent reading assignment. They will choose from a list of nonfiction titles that can be purchased from a bookstore or borrowed from a public library.