This 11th grade course is a study of grammar, composition, and American literature. The major focus is a detailed survey of significant American authors. All major movements and authors are studied with an emphasis on understanding and interpretation. Literature selections to be studied include The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, and a classic choice for research analysis. In addition to these classic selections, students also choose a contemporary, critically-acclaimed book to read and analyze. Grammar concepts are studied throughout the year. Students have many opportunities to improve composition skills through units studied, frequent theme writing, and essay testing. A research paper is required. College Preparatory vocabulary is emphasized.