At the start of the course, students will be guided through a series of lessons purposed specifically at helping all students become more mature writers and more astute readers. These reading and writing skills will then be continuously reinforced throughout the remainder of the course lessons. The 11th grade English course places its literary focus on texts specifically from American Literature. Two modules take students through a comprehensive summary of American literature, spanning from the first settlers and their writings through every major literary period, including: the Age of Faith, Age of Reason, the Romantic and Realist movements, the Harlem Renaissance, and up to Modern day literature. Literary genres will include: poetry, short stories, personal diaries, nonfiction essays, a novel, and drama. Students will be able to study the classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and also the drama Our Town. As students read to understand literature, they will be able to reflect on the literary works through various styles of writing, including: creative writing, expository writing, essay and short answer responses, and thoughtful literary analysis. The writing portion of 11th grade will also include a full research module in which students will be able to go through the various stages of creating a proper, grade-level appropriate research project, culminating with a well-developed research paper.