Grade 11 English Essay Examples

Analytical Writing

What is it?

In an analytical essay, writers form and convey their ideas concerning a particular topic based on careful use and analysis of evidence. Below are some common types of analytical essays written in English classes:

·         Close Reading: Analyze literary/rhetorical devices, style, and tone used by an author to achieve his or her purpose/theme.

·         Compare and Contrast: Compare and/or contrast two passages or two different texts for style, purpose, or tone.

·         Theoretical: Analyze a text in relation to literary theory, cultural movement, and history.


Why Write Analytical Essays?

An analytical essay is an effective way of communicating critical thought about a variety of subjects. It develops and demonstrates important skills such as close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition.

Welcome to Grade 11 English

The theme for this course is The Art of Persuasion and although at first it may sound a bit intimidating- you will soon find that there can be many ways that you can use this writing form in other areas of your life. I hope that you enjoy the theme and the journey that you are about to embark on in my English class. In order to achieve success in this course you need to be dedicated. In the past the students who achieved the most success were not necessarily the brightest and smartest, but instead were the hardest working. I have taught many students who have had to repeat Grade 11 English due to procrastination or apathy. They ALL regretted making those choices and not doing their work. I hope you will make better ones and confidently move on to your Grade 12 English course knowing you tried your best. This is all I can ask of you and as your teacher, I will do whatever I can to help you achieve your goals. I will also leave you with a couple of words of advice that some of my former Grade 11 students shared with me. I hope they will inspire you to work hard and succeed in Grade 11 English and I look forward to our journey together.

"...homework was a big part of my mark, and not doing it was a huge mistake and my final mark got affected just because of that." - G
" of my regrets is I didn't do most of the assignments that cost a decent amount of marks and that could make me fail this course again. If I did them, I wouldn't be as nervous as I am." - A
"...but I do wish I didn't have been lazy in the middle of the semester. I could have had a good mark, then I wouldn't be finishing work so I can pass and I would be studying for the exam instead."  - M


Throughout the course, I will add class assignments, resources and notes to this site to help you navigate your way through the program. You will need to check the site regularly to ensure that you have the necessary tools and tips to help you complete your coursework. They will be posted below and you can scroll through them as needed. If for whatever reason, you have difficulty downloading the files (most will be saved in Word or PDF), please let me know immediately and I will make the changes to the site.

Grade 11 English Comprehensive Course Outline

Please click on the following link to access this year's course outline. A hard copy will also be distributed on the first day of class.

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Plagiarism Tutorial

Summarize This!

You've been asked to write a sumamry of an article, video or book that you have just what?

If you're struggling with getting your thoughts on to the paper and putting together a concise, well-crafted summary, then click on the following link to access a detailed summary "how-to" that takes you through the planning, writing and revising stages of summative writing. A summary is simply a brief, clear,retelling.

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Grade 11 Writing Program

As part of your first term reading and writing component, you will be expected to produce samples of expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing forms. This will build on the skills that you learned in your Grade 10 courses. The samples will include a final typed copy (or e-file) and an edited and revised rough draft. 

You have all had experience with various writing styles, and as we begin the semester I think it is always helpful to review the four or five types of paragraphs that you will regularly be using throughout the course. I have added a file that you can download/view/print below. Stay tuned for writing activities that will help you practice these different forms of writing.

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Descriptive Writing Practice

"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Author Robert Fulghum wrote a now famous credo in which he explains that all of life's important lessons were taught to him in Kindergarten. Click on the link below and read the credo, then in a one page descriptive writing piece, discuss one of your earliest school memories and how it has helped shape you into the person you are today. If it's difficult for you to remember that far back, you can focus on a significant moment in school that may have happened more recently. Remember to work on your descriptive language and try to help your audience visualize your memories and form pictures in their minds.

Comparing and Contrasting

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The Art of Persuasion

Throughout the Grade 11 English course, you will be exposed to different types of persuasive writing. Through the use of Editorials, Persuasive Speeches and Persuasive Essays, you will have opportunities to convince the reader that your ideas and opinions are valid.

Persuasive writing has many "rules" or guidelines, one of them being that it is vital that you have a strong understanding of the position opposite to your own. The following website offers pros and cons on a multitude of topics and is certainly worth examining.

Additional Persuasive Writing Resources

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Narrative Writing Practice

Narrative writing is another way of telling a story. When you think about the stories you've enjoyed reading, listening to, or hearing - what are the things you remember about them? A good narrative hooks the reader right from the start and keeps them engaged until the end. A writer knows who their intended audience is and writes for their pleasure. Click on the link below for narrative writing prompts and tips that will hopefully help you tell a memorable story too.

I also posted the video that we viewed in class so that you can continue to be inspired by this young man's story.

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Getting to know Macbeth...

Here is an interesting video clip that retells Shakespeare's tale of Macbeth in the form of a rap. Listen to it and let me know what you think.

Shakespeare's Macbeth

In class, our next unit of study will be Shakespeare's Macbeth. Through the use of literature circles, traditional and graphic texts, you will be learning about  the plot, characters and themes from this famous play. Get ready for violence, revenge, manipulation and redemption.

I have also included a link to an online version of the play to assist you outside of class times. Click on the link below to access the full text.

Check our classroom website regularly for more resources and tips to help you navigate through Macbeth.

Deconstructing Art Images

Macbeth Study Guide

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The Catcher in the Rye

Chapter 18 Assignment: Advice Letter

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CITR Study Questions

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CITR Persuasive Essay Resources

The following resources will assist you with annotating texts (which can be used as  sources to prove your case); understanding the art of persuasion and how it can be used; and finding appropriate transition words and phrases to link paragraphs and ideas to one another in the body of your paper.
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How to Insert Quotations

Please visit the Website's Home Page and look under the MLA Formatting section - you will see a file entitled, "How to Insert Quotations."

Salinger Movie Trailer

I have included a trailer for the 2013 movie Salinger that begins to delve deeper into the author's private world. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author's meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.

Tuesdays with Morrie Novel Study

As part of our current novel study, students will be required to discuss particular sections and aspects of Tuesdays with Morrie. Please make sure that you are an active participant in these table discussions and that you take time to reflect and comment on the events surrounding Morrie's inevitable decline.

I have included both the Journal Reflection Assignment and the Section Discussion Questions below. Simply click on the files to view them. The 5 Journal Reflections will need to be typed, and free of any grammatical errors before submitting them at the end of the novel study.

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Aphorism Essay or Speech Assignment

Using the handout of Morrie's Aphorisms, choose one that strikes a chord within you and that you feel strongly about. This can be an aphorism that you agree with wholeheartedly or one that you think is unrealistic. Your task will be to convince your audience (readers) that your opinion is valid.
Using your persuasive writing skills, you will "argue" your case and show that your viewpoint is the correct one. The assignment is included below, please click on the file to access it.

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Persuasive Speech Rubric - Written Form

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Persuasive Speech Rubric - Oral Form

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Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen - Ted Talk Video

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Tuesdays with Morrie vs. The Catcher in the Rye or vs. The Lovely Bones (Optional Bonus Mark Assignment)

Now that you may have completed all of these books, you will be developing an editorial in which you convince a future Grade 11 student that one OR the other books is a better book at dealing with the topic of Life or Death.

Remember that you are comparing a memoir to a novel.

I have included a downloadable version of the assignment along with an editorial format that you may use to help you organize your ideas.

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Editorial Writing

noun article in a newspaper or other periodical presenting the opinion of the
publisher, editor, or editors.
 2. a statement broadcast on radio or television that presents the opinion of the
owner, manager, or the like, of the station or channel. 
3. something regarded as resembling such an article or statement, as a lengthy, dogmatic utterance.

I have included a quick editorial "how to" video below - I hope you find it helpful.

***Keep scrolling down to access both Process and Comprehension Exam Resources***

Semester 2 Exam Dates

Please note the dates for the Semester 2 English Exam...

Process Exam -This exam takes place in class. Make sure you have the necessary writing materials before starting. Cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players and backpacks will NOT be allowed in either the gym or in the classroom during the exam session.

Comprehensive Exam - This exam is written in the school gym. Make sure you have the necessary writing materials before starting. Cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players and backpacks will NOT be allowed in either the gym or in the classroom during the exam session.

Identifying and Discussing Writing Techniques

The following resource/file will assist you as you prepare for the final examination. You will not be required to identify ALL of these techniques within the exam texts - however you will need to discuss more than one.

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Poetry Resources - Comprehension Exam Prep

Click on the file below to access a Resource Sheet that includes definitions of Figurative and Rhetorical Devices, including metaphors, similes, alliteration, personification, hyperbole and many more.

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Grade 11 Process Exam Resources

Click on the following files below to access "How To" Resources on various forms of Persuasive Writing. These include Editorials, Speeches and Persuasive Paragraphs. Please ensure that you are familiar with each of these forms prior to the start of your Process Exam. You may not have covered each of these in detail in class however you should have a strong understanding of at least one of them. Your Process Exam will begin in-class on Tuesday, May 13 and run until Friday, May 16. Please make sure you are in class and ON TIME for each of the four days.

You will need a hi-lighter marker, blue/black pen(s), pencil and white-out (optional)

Take a moment to review the two Powerpoint Presentations below that take a more detailed look at the Art of Persuasion. You may find them helpful when preparing for the Process Exam.

The Art of Persuasion Powerpoint

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Editorial Overview and Samples

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Persuasive Speech Writing

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Persuasive Essay Resources

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Grade 11 Exam Practice Questions...June Comprehension Exam

In class we have taken a brief look at what constitutes an out of range; below level; at level; and above level response. In order to continue your exam preparation - I have included some practice questions related to the attachments below. Please click on the PDF file for the poem that you choose.

Question 1: Choose either We Walked Miles or Those Letters. Explain how the speaker's words or actions reveal a change in perspective or relationship.

Question 2: Analyze how specific details in the editorial cartoon, Election Day! reflect a change in gender roles.

Question 3: Identify and explain a main idea in The Connection Between Me and a Receding Glacier (Support your response with reference to the text) AND explain how this idea applies to you or people you know. NOTE: This is a two-part response - please use two separate paragraphs when you answer this question.

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Grade 11 Words Project

As we discussed in class, you will be responsible for an individual project in which you will study a single word and create a project about it (multi-media is acceptable but not required). The assignment will be due in four weeks and there will be limited class time in which to complete it. The majority of the project will be completed at home. All projects must be presented to the rest of the class and be ready to go on the presentation dates.

Please take note of the dates below so that you are prepared for the in-class work periods.

February 14, 2012 - Words Work Period 1
February 24, 2012 - Words Work Period 2
March 6, 2012 - Words Work Period 3
March 7, 2012 - DUE DATE
March 7-8, 2012- Presentation Days

Still looking for a word or do you want to see how your word can be represented in a visual way? Visit Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary for more details.


Although you have all received the evaluation criteria which was attached to the assignment itself, I have included the file below to assist you when working on your self reflection. This can be submitted as part of your project or handed in separately.


Looking for the meaning of a particular word? Check out  and discover a "word" of possibilities.

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Words Project Reflection

What will you remember most about the Grade 11 Words Projects? What did you enjoy about the projects/presentations? What did you find most challenging about presenting to the class? Do you think it is important for Grade 11 students to create individual projects such as these? Should they be presented? Why or why not?

Make sure this entry is added to your Reflection Journal as soon as possible.

Before You Write....

Before you begin the writing process, you need to think about your Writing Variables. What type of piece are you writing? (Form) What is your theme or main message? (Central Idea) Who are you writing this for? (Audience) What is your reason for writing it/What are you trying to do? (Purpose) Where will your audience view, read or hear it? (Context)

Depending on the form you choose, you will need to take a look at the specific elements that are required for that piece. Take a look at the video below in hopes that it will assist you in developing your narrative texts.

The Power of Persuasion

Persuasive writing attempts to convince the reader that your opinion is a valid one. In order to effectively convince someone to change their perspective, consider something they hadn't before or move them to action, a writer must master the art of persuasion. The video clips below both deal with the sensitive issue of cyber bullying - although they are not full length videos, they manage to grab the viewer's attention right from the start, as well as present accurate information on the subject. Which do you think is more persuasive?

Persuasive Writing Assignments - Cyber Bullying and Topic of Choice

Cyber Bullying Paragraph 

In a strong persuasive paragraph, convince your reader that cyber bullying is or
is not
 a problem that needs to be addressed in schools or in society as a whole.

Typed copy due in class: Thursday, February 23.

Topic of Choice Paragraph

In a strong persuasive paragraph, convince your reader to change their opinion or move them to action in regards to a particular subject matter. Click on the file below to see a list of 40 different persuasive writing topics.

Typed copy due in class: Friday, February 24.

Macbeth Editorial Help

To assist you with your Macbeth Editorial Assignment and in addition to posting the newest assignment (first link), I have included two more files that contain writing strategies and tips for editorial writing. If you are still struggling with this assignment, please e-mail me or see me before/after class for clarification.

Reminder that the Macbeth assignment is due Wednesday, January 25, 2014.

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Macbeth Act Summaries

One of the tasks of your Literature Circles/Reading Groups will be to complete Summary Sheets of all 5 Acts. I have attached a link to download copies of these sheets below. I have also included a complete summary of the play itself. After you complete the sheets, you can read the accurate summary to see if you missed any key aspects. We will be reviewing the summaries in class.

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The Lovely Bones  vs. Tuesdays with Morrie Persuasive Essay Assignment
Due: Friday, December 21, 2013

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The Lovely Bones: First Thoughts Reflection

In a reasonably sized paragraph, write down your first thoughts in your reflection journals after reading Chapter 1 in The Lovely Bones. You will be making regular comments and reflections in your journal throughout the novel study. Please make sure you keep up to date with all entries.

Ms. Dennis' Book Talks

Throughout the course I will attempt to "sell" different books to you by introducing you to authors, genres and texts that you may not have discovered yet. The following is a list of the books that have been talked about during our in-class BOOK TALKS. It is my hope that you will take the time to read one of them.

Stones by William Bell
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Pigman by Paul Zindel

A Glimpse into the Future (or the Present)

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were fun and that you took time to relax and spend time with those you are closest with.

I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how far we've come as a planet - especially in regards to the use of technology. Take a look at the following video and tell me what you think and whether or not "you already knew?"

Is Your Life Affected by Someone's Drinking?

As a follow up to the MTYP production of Liars, I have included a list of contacts, organizations and resources where you can get help in dealing with substance abuse. The list also addresses other issues that you or someone you know may be dealing with. To view this list of resources, please click on the link below. Remember that we have a terrific support system right here in the school therefore don't hesitate to stop by the Guidance dept. if you want to talk about any challenging issues in your life.

- to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note
  similarities and differences; to compare two pieces of literary work
  (Webster's. p 416):
- to compare in order to show unlikeness or
  differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the
  political rights of Romans and Greeks (Webster's. p 442).

Click on the link below to access a PDF file explaining how to write an effective compare and contrast paragraph.
The Weird Sisters, huddled around a boiling cauldron, prepare a spell.

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