English 11 is designed to give students a taste of the English literary canon while developing an appreciation for the evolution of the English language. English 11 is a comprehensive survey of British authors and the chronological development of British literature. Through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing experiences, students explore works from Beowulf through the Modern Age. The course will cover the development and importance of storytelling in society. Students will develop critical thinking skills through literary analysis and open dialogue. The course encourages literary analysis through a variety of writing modes in preparation for the Michigan Merit Exam. Students will also prepare for the reading, writing, and English portions of the SAT. Required reading will include essays and other non-fiction texts, plays, novels, short stories, and poems.