English 11 (Mrs. Kuester)

Welcome to English 11. 

I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you have returned to school refreshed and eager to learn. I am excited to be your teacher this semester and to explore the delights of literature together. 

You will find the course syllabus here:

English 11 Course Overview 2017-18

Students are required to bring a novel to class each day to read during the first fifteen minutes of class. This independent novel should be one that they will enjoy reading. A brief assignment will be completed on this book on September 29. 

October 10 – 13





Tuesday: Read original stories out in class

Wednesday: Continue reading original short stories out; if time, we will work on comprehension.

Thursday and Friday: Grade 11’s are away on their annual retreat. Enjoy!!

There will be a short stories unit test on Tuesday, October 17th. Study short stories terms. (handouts from last week)


October 2-6

Monday: Continue working on original short story and read Brooms for Sale (from Imprints anthology) – Block A or Wilhelm – Block D.

Study guides here for quiz: Short Story Notes Grade 11  and Unit 2 handout 1 Intro to Short Stories

Tuesday: Short Story Elements Quiz and comprehension exercises. If time, we will read another short story.

Wednesday: Original Short Story (first draft) due for editing and revising.

Thursday: Chromebooks used for good copy of Original short story.

Friday: Hand in good copies of short story and do some grammar exercises.

September 25- 29

Some students have not handed in their descriptive writing packages and/or their compare/contrast paragraphs. These are overdue. Please hand them in today.

Short Stories unit continues – The Father and The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty questions are due on Tuesday.

Wednesday: short story writing as a group in class. Assignment given to write a short story individually. The first draft of the story is due on Wednesday, Oct. 4, for in-class editing and revision. There will be a quiz on short story elements on Tuesday, October 3.

Thursday: planning and begin first draft of original short story. Read Test and discuss in class. (from Imprints anthology)

Friday: First bookchat for the semester. You may bring snacks if you like. If there is any extra time, we will work on grammar.

September 18-22

This week we will continue to work on persuasive and descriptive writing, have the biographical profiles marked and returned, and begin the short story unit. The descriptive writing package is due at the beginning of class Thursday.

The compare/contrast paragraph on the song and poem was due at the end of class Thursday.

September 11-15

Continue to work on biographical profile; the good copy is due at the end of class on Wednesday.

Work on persuasive and descriptive writing, and continue assignment on sentence completion.

September 5-8

During this first three days of school, we have begun writing interview questions for a biographical profile, completed one comprehension exercise for practice, and begun an assignment on sentence completion. Both of the latter assignments are formative in nature as they will help students to improve both comprehension and vocabulary. The biographical profile will be completed in class next week.