Welcome 2018-2019 English 11
(American Literature) 

Man in boat, text reads: Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. - Maya Angelou

General Resources

Throughout the year, you may find that you need more information about certain topics.  Below, I have included some extra information about general topics that students typically want to research in detail throughout the entire year. 


Academic honesty is something that Newmarket Jr/Sr High School values greatly, and the consequences for cheating can affect a student tremendously.  I have attached a handout that I made about the basics of plagiarism (what it is and how to avoid it) and the student handbook for reference.

Revision/Editing Process

Citing in MLA format

The plagiarism handout goes over basic MLA format, but it is important to note that Newmarket Jr/Sr High School only uses the MLA citation style.  MLA style is typically used when creating in-text citations and works cited for English academic works, whereas Chicago and APA styles are used for other subjects. When I was in school, we were given a large book containing all of the rules for citing sources. I recognize that we do not still do that these days, so here are some links that I use to cite my sources and format my academic papers!

These are two automatic works cited generators that I prefer, but make sure that you click the manual entry/manual cite button (MLA8). If you simply search the text, it is not guaranteed that you will find the correct edition.

English 11 Syllabus

This syllabus outlines course descriptions, meeting times, materials needed, and expectations.

Harkness Discussions

Freshman Writing

post-it notes

Need a copy of the syllabus?

Below are the course details, my expectations/policies, and the tentative course overview.

Having a hard time getting started?

Here are some prompts for your personal narrative. 

Need a refresher on MLA format? What about citing something?

Go to the Class Resources tab, or just click here:

Out of the Silent Planet ​Materials

Attached are the handouts for the outsider piece as well as the final argumentative essay.

We will be traveling again in 2019 and 2020! See below for details.

We will be traveling to Ireland and Scotland in April of 2019!

Click below to reserve your spot on the tour! 

Castle on a hill

We will be traveling to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in June of 2020! This is a service trip--if you enjoy community service, please enroll!

Click below to reserve your spot on the tour! ​

Machu Pichu

Here is a video of our service trip to Monte Cristi that we took in April 2016! Stay tuned for our Orbomba, Tanzania video from April of 2018!