11th Grade Curriculum:

English, Grade 11

American literature is the focus of the curriculum with a theme that explores what it means to be American, the role of literature in shaping the American identity, and the power of the American dream. Students are exposed to research skills and develop deeper analytic thinking and writing skills. In addition to analytic literary essays, students produce reading responses and creative assignments. Literature studied includes: In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, The Alchemist and Frankenstein.

Students are taught to master specific skills needed for success on the ELA Regents including modeling of essay prompts. Skills covered include: listening, reading and producing reports, comparing/contrasting two pieces of literature, interpreting a critical lens and firmly taking a position or point of view in writing an essay. Students will take the English Regents at the end of their junior year.

Students will be utilizing skills needed for success on the SAT 2400 which is taken in their junior and senior year; models of the SAT essay prompts are utilized to help students prepare for the writing portion of the exam from their Grammar & Writing for standardized Tests text. Students are required to study and work on SAT vocabulary words from the workbook Vocabulary Achievement which they are quizzed on periodically throughout the year.

.Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Grade 11

This is the third of the three courses in high school mathematics. In this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers. Students will learn about polynomial, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Problem situations involving direct and indirect variation will be solved. Data analysis will be extended to include measures of dispersion and the analysis of regression models. Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be evaluated. Binomial expressions will provide the basis for the study of probability theory, and the normal probability distribution will be analyzed. Right triangle trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of circular functions. The course will conclude with problems requiring the use of trigonometric equations and identities. Students take the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents examination at the conclusion of this course.

Physics, Grade 11

The following topics will be covered: forms of energy, interaction between energy and matter resulting in change of motion, light, electricity, sound, magnetism, predicting velocities based on energy conservation. The concepts are presented through experiments, demonstrations, and theories, which develop the ideas into unified concepts. Students will have the option to take the Physics Regents in June.

U.S. History, Grade 11

This is a chronologically organized course in U.S. History, with constitutional and legal issues developed. Emphasis is placed upon the study of industrial growth, foreign policy, and research based writing. Students will be required to practice writing a thematic essay for the Regents which requires a range of topics that needs to be analyzed before the Regents. Students will practice writing short responses to be able to answer the document based questions to prepare for the Regents. This course ends with a Regents examination in US History and Government that is required to take in June.

Physical Education, Grade 11

The 3 standards for physical education include: 1. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sports activities. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. 2. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants. Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity. They will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs. Students will also be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports.

Arabic III, Grade 11

Arabic courses are aimed at improving students’ proficiency as users of the Arabic language. Communicating in Arabic is the ultimate objective of teaching Arabic. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed using Islamic texts that discuss etiquette, friendship and character. Students will begin writing essays in the advanced level A course.

Islamic Studies/Quran Studies III, Grade 11

Islamic Studies is a course that is aimed at both building character as well as providing students with background knowledge of Islamic faith, history, and culture. Quran recitation (tajweed) is taught as a skill. Meaning of Quran (tafseer) is emphasized.

Computers: Desktop Publishing, Grade 11

Students will work on creating content-based websites by learning how to use internet publishing tools. During this course students will also learn the basics of computer-aided publishing techniques to create posters and flyers for school-related activities and events. In addition, students will design the high school newsletter and yearbook using the latest graphics and publishing applications.