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Mr Handy

434-528-6499 ext 30865
Classes Taught: 
English 11, English 11 Collaborative

Mr. Handy’s 11th Grade English Syllabus

Collaborative Teacher: Mrs. Ellis


Phone: 434-528-6499 ext 30865



Course Overview:

Eleventh grade English emphasizes reading and writing skills, specifically on American Literature and

persuasion respectively.


The SOL’s for 11th grade English can be found at this website


  • 11.1 The student will make informative and persuasive presentations.

  • 11.2 The student will examine how values and points of view are included or excluded and how media influences beliefs and behaviors.

  • 11.3 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.

  • 11.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.

  • 11.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.

  • 11.6 The student will write in a variety of forms, with an emphasis on persuasion.

  • 11.7 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

  • 11.8 The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of sources to produce a research product.


SOL Test Information:

In 11th grade, students have a total of three SOL tests to take for English. Two are multiple choice (one based on writing, one on reading). The writing focuses on correct grammar usage, correcting sentences, etc. The reading focuses on reading comprehension, etc. The final test is a writing prompt, which requires the student to write a full persuasive paper on a given topic. The student will take the two writing tests first, typically in the middle of the year. The last test, reading, will be taken closer to the end of the school year. To help prepare for these tests, my class will focus on writing for the first part of the year, and will switch to being reading intensive during the last half of the year. I highly encourage students and parents to look at SOL released material for added preparation for the tests.



Grades will be broken down by percentage, with the weights as follows:

Homework: 10%

Test: 15%

9 weeks assessments: 20%

Quiz: 25%

Classwork: 30%


Make Up and Late Work:

Refer to student handbook


Please make sure the student has the following materials in class DAILY

  • Pen/pencil

  • Highlighter

  • Stickynotes (optional for added note taking)

  • Section in 3 ring binder/separate 3 ring binder

  • Notebook paper

  • Index cards



There are four simple rules I expect for my classroom

  1. Treat others with respect

  2. Be prepared

  3. Be responsible

  4. Be ready to work



  1. Verbal Warning

  2. Parental Contact

  3. BMC Referral with Parental Contact

  4. Referral



My classes will start out with a 10-20 minute warm-up exercise that can include having the students write a

paragraph (5-7 sentences) to a prompt, making an outline to a prompt, reading and selecting the correct answer, or correcting a sentence, among others. These warm-ups will be classified under the classwork category and will be important for the student’s grade. Failure to complete the warm-up will result in loss of points in this category.  


Research Project:

Throughout the year the student will be responsible for researching and producing a project based on that





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