English 11 Course Syllabus                          
Susan Spiker, Room A142

Email:                                            Phone:  256-593-5221

Planning periods: 3 & 6

Textbook:  Pearson Prentice Hall,   The American Experience, 1900 to Present, Course 2, Alabama Common Core Edition

Virtual Platform:  SchoolsPLP - login information will be provided in class.  This platform will be utilized for both traditional and virtual students.   More information can be found on the ECBOE website. 

Course Description:  English 11 is an integrated study of the American literature, as well as grammar, usage, and composition.  The American Experience, Course 2 is broken down into three time periods:

1) Literature of the Modern Age, 1914-1945                                                                                                      2) Literature of the Post War Era, 1945-1970                                                                                                  3) Literature of the Contemporary Period, 1970 to present

The literature studied will encompass the short story, drama, and novel and focus on literary elements and analyses.  Comprehensive grammar instruction will provide an opportunity for students to polish their skills in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and usage.  Composition will address construction of standard paragraphs and progress to multiple-paragraph essays.  Vocabulary study will also be incorporated throughout the course, with an emphasis on words encountered in literature selections.

Course Objectives:  Course objectives for English 11 correspond to the Common Core CCRS which are aligned with the 2010 Alabama State Course of Study.  For a list of CCRS objectives, visit the ECBOE website:

Class Preparation:  All students are expected to spend adequate time in study and preparation for any assignment, text, quiz or project.

Attendance Policy:  Regular school attendance is important for all students.  Please note that course content and grading procedures are structured in such a way that regular attendance is necessary to successfully complete course requirements.

Grading Policy and Assessment:  Grades will be on a points earned basis and are not weighted during the normal grading period.  However, final exams do count as 10% of the student’s grade.  The students first and second semester averages will each count 45% of the overall final grade, making the 100% average for the course.

Final Exam Exemption Policy:  Parents and students are to refer to the Etowah County Schools Student Handbook for current exemption policy. 

Classroom Rules

1.  Be on time    2.  Be prepared 3.  Respect others and their property    4. No food or drink allowed

5.  Be attentive at all times    6.  All rules in the Etowah County Code of Student Conduct will be enforced

  Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any student who engages in either will be given a zero.

BYOD Policy:  Students will occasionally be allowed to use their electronic devices for academic use in the classroom.  THIS WILL BE AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION!  Students MUST have turned in the BYOD Policy to their homeroom teacher and/or have the policy on file with the school.  All BYOD procedures will follow Etowah County policy.

Late Work:   Please keep up with assignment due dates.  No late classwork will be accepted without a valid excuse. However, in the case of essays and major projects, late work may be accepted but with penalty.  This will be discussed in detail before each essay/major project.  Should your absence be excused, it is your responsibility to get missed notes and assignments.  Unexcused absences will result in a zero for each missed assignment.

Make-Up Tests:  Students must make arrangements to make up missed exams within three days of returning to school.  Preferably, this should be done before/after school or during my planning period.  Students have three days to make up missed tests.  The absence MUST BE EXCUSED for the grade to count on STI iNOW gradebook.