Eleventh grade English offers a detailed examination of American literature and thought, focusing on the ways in which the various literary movements have shaped the idea of America. Students will think critically about how American Literature constructs and reflects shifting beliefs about religion, government, race, gender, morality, beauty and truth itself. In addition to developing critical insight into the works of major American writers and an awareness of the historical context of these writings, students identify and analyze how literary elements enhance meaning and review/refine usage, grammar and mechanics. All eleventh grade students must complete a comprehensive research project, the Junior Research Paper, as a course requirement. Representative texts include short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, essays by Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (we will read others). Additionally, all students in Grade 11 English will learn, practice and refine their understanding and application of the following grammatical concepts: Parallelism; Active vs. Passive Voice; Wordiness; Punctuation Focus Review (colons, semicolons); Homophones (accept/except, affect/effect, who’s/whose, then/than, etc).