• English 11 Course Syllabus 2019-20

    Smiths Station High School


    Course Title: English 11                                                                                   Phone: (334) 664-4060

    Teacher: Mrs. Peterson                                                                                     Email:

    Room #: 216A                                                                                                  Credit: 1


    Course Description:  This course is designed for high school juniors.  There will be an emphasis on analysis of novels and other texts (from the 1900’s through present-day), basic essay structures and organization, review of grammar and writing skills, and foundational research skills. A portion of the class will focus on college and career preparation (creating a resume, practicing interview skills, taking college entrance exams, etc.). The goals of this class are to ensure students are able to read, write, speak, and analyze written works effectively. Moreover, by taking this class, students should have a greater appreciation of the 20th century literary works produced.


    Course Standards: Eleventh grade English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Standards may be found at  See Mrs. Peterson for a hard copy of these standards.


    Texts:    Textbooks: Prentice Hall Literature textbook


    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                                         The Harlem Renaissance                  

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                               Regionalism Unit

    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry                                      Essay Unit

    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare


    Class Rules and Expectations: If your behavior is inhibiting other students from learning or inhibiting me from teaching, you will be reprimanded.  All school rules will be enforced in my classroom.  Refer to SSHS Student Handbook for specific consequences.

    I expect you to:

    • Be respectful- Respect others’ rights. Teacher’s directions and decisions are not open for debate. Listen when someone is speaking.  Inappropriate language or gestures will result in consequences.  Be respectful of property.  Bullying of any type will not be tolerated.
    • Be prepared- Bring your supplies to class, do your homework, and be ready to work when you enter the classroom.
    • No cell phones or other electronic devices- I will take them unless you are using them with explicit instructions from me regardless if you have completed your work. This is in accordance to the Lee County Schools Handbook.
    • Stay seated unless you are given permission to get up- Students are to sit in their assigned seats and remain there until permission is given otherwise.  If someone knocks on the door, I will answer it unless I ask a student to get it.



    Class Discipline Consequences:  If rules are broken, there are consequences.  The are as follows:


    • Minor violations will result in an immediate verbal warning. I will be documenting and tracking ALL offenses in a Student Documentation Book.  If student receives more than one (1) minor violation documentation, the parent/guardian will be contacted.  Frequent offenders will adhere to further disciplinary action to include parent conferences and/or suspension at the discretion of the principal or assistant principal.
    • Intermediate and Major violations require more severe consequences.  In these instances, parent/guardian will not only be notified, but principal and or assistant principals will be involved and enforce the necessary actions.  Refer to the SSHS Student Handbook for specific details on disciplinary action.    


    Procedures:  We will go over procedures and routines as a class during the first week of school.  An uploaded presentation of this is available on my webpage and in my Google Classroom page.  Students are expected to adhere to procedures and routines.  Students will have a test regarding procedures and routines.


    • Tardiness-Discipline for tardiness is in accordance to the handbook.
    • Hall passes-Two (2) restroom passes will be issued every nine weeks. Passes may not be redeemed during direct instructionDo not leave this room without a pass.
    • Absences/make-up work-The course content and grading procedures are structured in a way that makes regular attendance essential. Absences and make-up work are in accordance with school policies. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and turn in the make-up work. Refer to the SSHS Student Handbook for specifics regarding make-up work.

     Tutoring:  My door is open for struggling students. Please make arrangements with me ahead of time and a time will be set up for tutoring.


    Supplies:           1. Writing utensils (use only pencils or blue or black pens)              

    1. 3-ring binder (only for English class) to keep assignments, vocab, returned papers, etc.
    2. Plenty of paper
    3. 2-pocket folder with prongs for warm-ups
    4. A ONE HALF INCH binder for time capsule project

    (*Wish List:  Febreze plug in refill, lysol wipes or spray, paper towels, tissues


    Methods of Parent-Teacher Communication

    Remind : Students and/or parents may sign up to receive text reminders for my class by texting @g7d9bd(include the @ symbol) to 81010. If you have questions, you may “text” me through this number without using either of our real phone numbers. This is the easiest and fastest way to reach me. I will send out reminders REGULARLY about assignments, tests, etc. You may also check my page on the school website.


    Planning/Conference Times:               Monday- Friday during 1st period



    Late Work:  Points will be deducted daily for work that is turned in after the due date. 1st day-10pts, 2nd day-20pts, 3rd day 30pts, over three (3) days late your assignment may not be accepted.

    Cheating/Plagiarism:  Plagiarism of any type will not be tolerated, and cheating/plagiarism will automatically result in a zero for that assignment.  Any representation of another’s work as your own is considered plagiarism.  This includes directly copying or copy & pasting from the internet or any other source.  There will be no opportunity to make this grade up.  Cheating in any form will not be tolerated.  Anyone caught cheating will receive an automatic zero “0”  on the assignment and/ or test/quiz.  This includes talking while taking a test or quiz, identical papers from two or more students, copying answers, using cheat sheets, looking at a mobile device, or website, and of course, plagiarism.  No excuses and No exceptions.

    Grading Policy:

    SSHS uses STI, an electronic gradebook that can be accessed by students and parents at any time with a pin number available through the office.  The grading scale and distribution is shown below:

    Grading Scale:                   Grade Distribution:

    A=90-100                            Tests/Major Essays/Projects                                       50%

    B=80-89                              Quizzes/Mini-Projects/Mini- Essays                        25%

    C=70-79                               Classwork/Daily grades                                                 15%

    D=60-69                               Homework/Participation                                              10%


    English 11 Syllabus Acknowledgement/ Mrs. Peterson

    • My guardian(s) and I have read the syllabus and understand the expectations of this class. Furthermore, we understand what will happen if these expectations are not met.  We are aware of the importance of this course for continued success in school and in life.
    • My guardian(s) and I understand the required materials for this course and will see that they are obtained in a timely manner.
    • My guardian(s) and I are aware of the grading procedures for this class, and we understand the grading scale that applies.
    • My guardian(s) and I understand the Remind text messaging and email system that Mrs. Peterson will use to keep in touch with important reminders on a regular basis. We will make every effort to use the system.
    • Lastly, we understand that this document is to be returned to Mrs. Peterson ASAP.

     Parents, if you have any concerns or questions, please email me at or use the Remind text messenger and I will get back to you shortly.  You may find additional information on my class website (just click on my name from the school’s homepage).  I am looking forward to getting to know your student his year!  Thank you!








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