English 11 is designed to reinforce the reading and writing skills begun in earlier grades with an emphasis on analysis and argument. Students will study complex American documents such as the Declaration of Independence but also modern pieces to examine the author’s purpose and structure in conveying that purpose. In addition, students will practice for the timed writing portion of the SAT, write short researched informative and argumentative essays as wellas develop the skill of writing the college essay. Reading will be done in conjunction with the writing to model rich prose techniques and to spark ideas for student essays. Emphasis will be placed on nonfiction reading to support this kind of analytical writing.