English III Syllabus & Materials

Junior English: The American Experience

2017 – 2018

Mrs. Watkins


The Tennessee English curriculum for 11th grade develops students’ skills in analyzing complex literary and informational texts by exploring works by acclaimed authors and historical figures from the American canon. Through the study of a variety of text types and media, students build knowledge, analyze ideas, delineate arguments, and develop writing, collaboration and communication skills. Each unit of the course incorporates the Tennessee English Language Arts Standards of reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy, and language, providing a rigorous and pedagogically-sound foundation for student learning. The course’s goal is to transform students into productive, knowledgeable, and critical meaning-makers of our global world.

American Literary Periods:

  • A Gathering of Voices:

    Literature of Early America (Beginnings to 1800)

  • A Growing Nation:

    Literature of the American Renaissance (1800 – 1870)

  • Division, Reconciliation, and Expansion:

    Literature of the Civil War and the Frontier (1850 – 1914)

  • Disillusion, Defiance, and Discontent:

    Literature of the Modern Age (1914 – 1945)

  • Prosperity and Protest:

    Literature of the Post-War Era (1945 – 1970)

  • New Voices, New Frontiers:

Literature of the Contemporary Period (1970 – Present)

Fiction and Drama Selections from:

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arthur Miller, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, John Steinbeck, Jack London, Kate Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Alice Walker and others.

Poetry Selections from:

Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, e. e. cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar Allan Poe, Marianne Moore, Billy Collins and others.

Literary Nonfiction Selections from:

Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.

Enduring Focus Areas:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Vocabulary development.
  • Writing in the Four Modes: narrative, descriptive, expository, & argumentative.
  • Close reading/annotation.
  • Drawing evidence-based conclusions.
  • Grammar, usage, & mechanics.
  • ACT test-taking skills & content knowledge for English and Reading subtests.

Required Materials:

  • Writing utensils
  • Folder or binder for organizing handouts and notes
  • Notebook paper in a binder or spiral notebook. I will provide you with a bellwork notebook for daily bellwork, but you will need another source of paper for notes and drafting.

 Class Rules, Policies & Procedures:

Class Rules:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Show respect.
  3. Ask permission to leave your seat.
  4. No cell phone use without teacher permission.

Discipline Procedures:

  1. Verbal warning.
  2. Student-teacher conference.
  3. Parent phone call.
  4. Detention (& parent phone call).
  5. Administrative referral (& parent phone call).

Note: serious offenses can, at the teacher’s discretion, result in more severe consequences regardless of previous steps taken.

Late Work:

Assignments are due on the assigned due date. Late work will be accepted for a maximum score of 70% after that point. See the make-up work policy for work missed during excused absences.

Academic Integrity:

Cheating is unacceptable. No exceptions. A student caught copying someone else’s work, allowing someone else to copy his or her work, borrowing from a source without giving credit, cheating with cell phones, or engaging in any other form of academic dishonesty will receive a zero for the assignment in question. Plagiarism will be covered early in the year to ensure all students know how to comply with these expectations.

Make-up Work for Excused Absences:

In the event of excused absences, students will be allowed the same number of block days they were absent to complete and submit any work they missed while away from school.

For example, a student catches a cold and misses Monday the 1st through Wednesday the 3rd. Assuming it’s an “A” week, that would mean the student has missed two days of his “A” classes (Monday and Wednesday) and one day of his “B” classes (Tuesday).

The student would have two “A” days to complete work for his “A” classes and one “B” day to complete work for his “B” classes. Based upon the hypothetical scenario described above, the student’s “B” day make-up work would be due the following Monday the 8th (because Thursday the 4th counts as one block meeting since the initial absence, and the work would then be due when the class meets again). His “A” class make-up work would be due the following Thursday (because the Friday the 5th and Tuesday the 9th make two block meetings since the initial absence, and the work would then be due when the class meets again).

Students are responsible for making time to consult with their teachers about make-up work. Under no circumstances are students allowed to interrupt instruction during the school day in order to ask teachers for make-up work. Students must make time to visit their teachers before or after school, during a teacher’s planning period, or during that teacher’s scheduled tutoring hours. Students are also welcome to email teachers to ask for make-up work.

In the event of advanced-notice, excused absences (such as field trips, etc.) students are expected to collect and complete assignments that are due on days they will not be at school before the scheduled absence occurs.

Un-excused Absences:

Work missed due to un-excused absences will be recorded as zeros. No exceptions.

Tardy Policy:

1st Tardy: Warning

2nd Tardy: Detention 

3rd Tardy: Detention

4th Tardy: Referral to administration and Saturday School.

5th Tardy: Referral to administration and Overnight Suspension.

(Upperclassmen will have driving privileges revoked)

6th Tardy: Referral to administration and Out of School Suspension.

Tutoring and Extra Help:

My tutoring times are Tuesday and Thursday 2:15-3:00 and by pre-arranged appointment. Please encourage your student to come talk to me if he/she is failing or struggling in class. I am always here to help!

Keeping Up With What’s Happening in Class:

This website will be updated weekly with information about what we’re doing in class each day and when projects, tests, and assignments are due. I will also upload file copies of handouts, PowerPoints, and other relevant course materials to help students and families stay in the loop.

I also have a Remind101 group chat for each of my English classes. To receive class messages, simply send a text message to the number 81010 and use the class code below that corresponds to your period as the body of your message:

To join English 11, 2A, send a message with the following code: @7aabk
To join English 11, 4A, send a message with the following code: @88gec4
To join English 11 Honors, 1B, send a message with the following code: @1617enghon

Additionally, Skyward is now available for parents to monitor student grades in place of PowerSchool. I recommend checking Skyward daily to stay on top of things. If you need your Skyward login information, please see the guidance counselors or have your student check with them to get that information. 

Contact Mrs. Watkins:

Phone: (901) 873-8100

Email: kwatkins@millingtonschools.org