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Mr Chavis

434-528-6499 ext
Classes Taught: 
1st-English 11/ 2nd-English 11 / 3rd English 11 Inclusion (Ms. Mays )/4th- English 11 Inclusion (Ms. Ellis)/ 5th-Senior Pullouts/ 6th-English 11 Inclusion(Ms. Ellis)/ 7th-Planning

Important Dates:   

Sept. 12-16: Interims

Sept. 18: Back to School Night

Sept. 18:  College Day

Textbooks:  (A) Elements of Literature*  (B) Language Network*  (C) Literature and Language* (D) Scholastic Scope Literature*  

*Texts A,B, C, and D are classroom sets.

Lesson Plans

Sept. 2-5

Mon.:  Labor Day

Tues.: Introduce the bubble map and do a class activity.  From Text C, on pp. 149-149, read/discuss Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention."  Review the literary terms allusion, p. 147 and rhetorical question, p. 145, and cite the examples in the speech.  Show 7:29 video of Henry's speech from Youtube.  Give a review sheet of questions on the selection.

Wed.:  Do comma warmup activity specifically on commas before a conjunction that join two complete sentences and go over in class. Do Bubble Map on comma rules that we have used in class. Give "Commonsense Context" clue lesson and go over in class.  HW:  Study for vocabulary quiz on Thursday.

Thurs.:  Finish commas with worksheet on dates and addresses and go over in class. Context clue vocabulary quiz on "Common Sense" context clues.  Show a powerpoint on the literature unit, "Encounters and Foundations."  Review for literature test.  HW:  Study for the literature test on Friday.

Friday.: Literature test on "Encounters and Foundations" Unit with discussion.  (This test is designed for the entire period.)

Sept. 8-12

Mon.: Introduce and do class activity on the Double Bubble Map.  Introduce the next unit in literature with a Powerpoint presentation on the Romantic Movement in American Literature.  Introduce Washington Irving with a video from Education Portal (7 min.)  Read/discuss Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," from Text D.

Tues.:  Give context clue vocabulary lesson on "Common Sense" context clues and go over in class.  Introduce the writing process and our first essay topic from the list of SOL prompts, "The Benefits or Disadvantages of a Four-day Week."  Discuss the format of the paper and do a prewriting activity in class.  HW.:  Write the introduction to the essay.

Wed.:  All classes report to the Math Lab to compose and type the rough drafts of the persuasive essay.

Thurs.:  All classes report to the Math Lab to compose and type the rough drafts of the persuasive essay.  For those that finish early, play "Salem Witchcraft Jeopardy" online.

Fri.:  Vocabulary quiz on "Commonsense Context Clues."  Begin Washington Irving's "The Devil and Tom Walker,"  from Text A, pp. 153-161.  Listen to the CD and read/discuss along.


Course Syllabus and Class Rules for English 11 Standard and Inclusion    

Teachers:        Mr. Chavis  (Inclusion-Ms. Ellis and Ms. Mays)

Textbooks:      Elements of Literature 11 and Language Network 11

Course Description:   This course will provide students with instruction in the

                                        following areas:  reading/American literature, the elements

                                       of proper grammar and punctuation, composition, research,

                                       and oral language.

Course Objective:   1.   Prepare for the SOL writing and reading tests.

                                    2.  Study the history of American literature.

                                    3.  Study grammar and usage problems.

                                    4.  Utilize correct capitalization and punctuation.

                                    5.  Write persuasively.                                          

                                    6.  Utilize research skills to compose a persuasive research paper.

                                    7.  Read and analyze informational materials.

                                    8.  Deliver an oral presentation.

Units of study:           A.  Collection 1:           “Encounters and Foundations”

(literature)                  B.  Collection 2:           “American Romanticism”

                                    C.  Collection 3:          “Transcendentalism”

                                    D.  Collection 4:          “The Rise of Realism”

                                    E.  Collection 5:           “The Moderns”

                                    F.  Collection 6:           “Contemporary Literature”

Units of Study:            A.  Capitalization and Punctuation

(writing skills)            B.  Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences

                                    C.  Subject-Verb Agreement

                                    D.   Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

                                    E.   Usage Problems

                                    F.   Sentence Redundancy

                                    G.   Parallelism

                                    H.   Composition and Research

Materials:                    Pen or pencil, paper, textbook, and notebook are required each day.

Grading:                     The standard grading scale for the school will be used.

                                    Homework:  10%     Unit Tests and Compositions:  35%      Daily Work:  35%   

                                    9 Week Assessment:  20%


Classroom                   All students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at

Behavior:                      all times.  Any inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.  Students are

                                       not allowed to talk while the teacher or another student is speaking.  You

                                      are also required to stay awake and be attentive.  No eating or drinking.  No cell phone usage 

                                      or texting.   The tardy policy for the school will apply.


Make-up Work:           When a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to make up work

                                      And ask about the material that was missed.













































































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