English 11 with Mrs. Vanderpool

English 11 Syllabus

             Mrs. Vanderpool -- elizabeth.vanderpool@hpstigers.org          

           Mrs. Anstine  --  suzanne.anstine@hpstigers.org  (period 4 ONLY)      

402-461-7550 -- Room 140

Welcome to English 11! I am very excited to have you in class this year. My goal in this class is to draw upon the previous knowledge you bring to the classroom, in order to think critically and identify new conclusions regarding various concepts and ideas. I want this classroom to be a fun place to explore the concepts of reading, writing, and grammar. I know this is going to be an exciting year! 

-Mrs. Vanderpool


We are going to be reading a variety of texts within which we will focus on vocabulary, literary terms, and discuss major issues and themes of American literature.  

Reading will include – but not be limited to -

Nebraska Authors – Poetry and Short Stories

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

        Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

La Linea by Ann Jaramillo 

        Many student-selected books 

Various journal/newspaper/magazine articles 


All juniors are required to write at least FOUR essays to earn credit for the course! 

All students must write and submit the required number of grade-level writing assessments to earn credit each semester. Failure to turn in a required writing assessment that is of passing quality (60%) will result in failure for the semester. 

Each week you will respond to a given prompt. Prompts will be based on real-world issues as well as your novels and articles. These writing prompts will lead to larger written assignments. These larger assignments include: essays over novels, group projects, and the ACT Writing. 

Writing will include – but not be limited to - 

Weekly journal entries 

        Literary essays 

Formal and informal reading responses  

What you’ll need: Grade Breakdown:

pen or pencil Formative (assignments/quizzes): 30%

Paper (spiral or loose leaf) Summative (essays/unit tests/grammar tests): 70%

SSR Book AND Assigned Book

        HHS email account

lap top computer AND charger 

HHS assignment book (planner)

Daily Requirements: For the assigned novels, students will be given a reading assignment overnight and then we will discuss the reading the next time we meet as a class. With that being said, it is important for students to bring their books with them on a daily basis. Students might also receive an assignment to finish from that days class period or to complete for an upcoming activity. If these assignments aren’t completed, it will be difficult to participate in class and then, in turn lose out on learning opportunities. 


If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. It is important to make up missing work as soon as possible so you do not fall further behind. Missing work should be completed and turned in within two class periods of returning to school. Essays and projects are to be turned in on the due date regardless of an absence because students are made aware of the due date before the absence would have occurred. If students are absent, they will receive an email describing what was completed that day in class and what needs to be completed individually to stay up to date with the rest of the class. If there are handouts given when students are absent, it is their responsibility to look in the green basket at the front of the room. 

Second chances: Students will have the opportunity to retake quizzes or tests. However, students will have to have a conversation with me about what needs to be done in order to retake. To retake a quiz or test, students will need to attend a T3 session and/or complete additional/review activities. Each assignment will be handled on an individual basis. If students take a quiz or test and they are already showing proficiency, they will be allowed one retake. The retake option will differ from the original assessment but will cover the same concepts. If students would like to make corrections on an essay, they will have one week to do so from the time the rubric is handed back. Students have the opportunity to earn half of the missing points back.

Extra credit: I don’t give extra credit because, if a student asks for it, it means that somewhere along the way he/she did not work with motivation and self-discipline. A lower grade is the natural consequence. 

Staying connected: There are a variety of ways to stay connected with what we are doing in English 11. On the weekly planner, students will have access to what we are doing in class, upcoming assignments, and activities for success. Students will also be using Google Classroom daily for assignments and directions. I also utilize Remind 101 as a tool to remind students of upcoming assignments and due dates. All codes for these resources can be found on the weekly planner (hhstigers.com/academics/english), using the “Class Codes” link at the top of the document. 

Computers in the classroom: 

The computers are to be used for academic purposes only. If it is apparent they are not, then computer privileges will be taken away. We will use the computers on a daily basis in class, so it is crucial for you to bring your computer charged along with the charger. I have a limited number of plug-ins in my classroom, so make sure to fully charge your computer at night.  

Help is always available: I am always available to give students help. All that’s needed is to ask. I am here before school, after school, and T3. I have 2nd and 5th periods as my planning. My job is to help. I will not know you need help unless you talk to me. 

Classroom Expectations: 

The expectation is that every member of the classroom, students and teachers, exhibit Tiger PRIDE. Students will identify more specific expectations in class. 

Students will wear their ID at all times.

Students will be on task at all times.

Students will be responsible for themselves and their actions.

Students will respect others and themselves.

Students will be prepared for class and will be active participants.