English 11 with Mrs. Vanderpool

English 11 Syllabus

             Mrs. Vanderpool            evanderpool@hhstigers.com          402-461-7550

                                        Mrs. Anstine            sanstine@hhstigers.com          402-461-7550 (period 4 ONLY)

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! If you need to get in touch with me at any time, please feel free to use the email address listed above.

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Each class period will open with a “bell ringer” - grammar and usage lessons, or some silent reading and journaling from a novel of your choice or from current events.


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 -

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nebraska Authors – Poetry and Short Stories

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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! Failure to turn in a required essay or complete a state assessment will result in failure for the entire 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 -

Daily journal entries

Formal and informal literary essays

Formal and informal reading responses  

Four required papers

Further assignments as given

What you’ll need:     

pen or pencil         

A folder for English 11 ONLY

Paper (spiral or loose leaf)

SSR Book AND Assigned Book

HHS email account

lap top computer AND charger

HHS assignment book (planner)

Grade Breakdown:

Daily work: 30%

Assessments: 70%

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 students bring their books with them on a daily basis. If students do not bring their books with them, they will owe 15 minutes after school to be served in room 140 (Ms. Carlson’s room). If students do not serve that 15 minutes, it will turn into a hour long detention with the administration.

Late Policy:

Daily work and homework assignments will receive an automatic grade of 60% when turned in late. Assignments are due at the beginning of the period on the assigned day, unless stated otherwise.    


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. The green basket in the front of the room will have handouts you missed, along with a list of what was completed in class. Also, a weekly planner of the daily activities and assignments can be found on my webpage at hhstigers.com.

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.  

Classroom Expectations:

The expectation is that every member of the classroom, students and teachers, be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE. With this being said, you have to give respect in order to get it.

Students will wear their ID badges 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.

Staying Connected:

Use the following methods to stay up to date with what we are doing in class.



Remind 101

English 11 (period 2)

text @86cb99 to the number 81010

English 11 (period 4)

text @fgdd34f to the number 81010

Weekly Planner


Google Classroom


English 11 (Period 2)

Class Code: hd3xoa

English 11 (Period 4)

Class Code: 2204iv

Being Successful in English 11:

In order to be successful in English 11 there needs to be an open line of communication. I understand that life will sometimes get in the way, so please keep me aware of what is going on with you.