English 11, Part 2 - Silicon Valley High School


Price: $125 | Credits: One Semester | Dept: English | Course ID# 211-2

This course is the equivalent of the second semester of English 11. The course covers influential American poets like Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Ocean Vuong. We read the modern novel, “The Great Gatsby,” examining it through a social-economic lens and discussing and comparing it with postmodernism through various short stories. We read “The Crucible”, looking at the historical, religious, and political context of 17th Century Salem and comparing it with 1950s Washington, D.C., connecting the mass hysteria of the witch-hunt with the Red Scare targeting of communists. English 11 concludes by reviewing the college application process, focusing on the Common App’s personal statement prompts. English 11 is approved by the University of California A-G as English (category B).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course at an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
  • Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
  • Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement)
  • Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem, evaluating how each version interprets the source text. 


This course covers the following topics:

  • American Poets
  • “The Great Gatsby”
  • The literary and historical context of modernism and post-modernism
  • “The Crucible”
  • The College Essay
  • Assigned books: F. Scott Fitzgerald- “The Great Gatsby”, Arthur Miller- “The Crucible”
English 11 Part 2 the Second Semester of the Course for $125
Course Details:
• One Semester Credit: $125
• Second Semester of English 11