This course will prepare students for intermediate and college courses in English composition by making demands upon them equivalent to those of a yearlong introductory college course. The purpose of this course is to “enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively” in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives” (The College Board, AP English Course Description, Fall 2010, p. 7). The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Course Description, and therefore by the end of the course students should be able to:
• analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of
rhetorical strategies and techniques;
• apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
• create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience;
• write for a variety of purposes;
• produce expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex
central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary
sources, cogent explanations, and clear transitions;
• demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity
• move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and
research, drafting, revising, editing, and review;
• write thoughtfully about their own process of composition;
• revise a work to make it suitable for a different audience;
• analyze image as text; and
• evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.
(The College Board, AP English Course Description, Fall 2010, p. 10).
The grading scale for this class is numeric/alpha and is as follows:
100 – 90 = A S = Satisfactory
89 – 80 = B N = Needs Improvement
79 – 75 = C U = Unsatisfactory
74 – 70 = D
69 or below = F
All students begin the course with an “A” average. It is up to you to decide whether or not you keep your “A”.Your grade is based on completion of daily assignments which include class participation, in-class assignments, attendance, and quizzes (30%); homework assignments which include out-of-class writing assignments, projects, etc. (45%); and test grades which include assessments, projects, essays, etc. (25%). You are expected to turn in all assignments completed and on time. There will be penalties for late assignments. Your work is your responsibility. Essays (ALL MAJOR ESSAYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE TYPED)and timed writings will be scored using a nine-point rubric as suggested by the College Board. Students will be provided with a copy of the rubric to maintain in their notebooks.
It is your responsibility to pick up any make-up work. If you are not in class you will need to make-up any work or test that were given that day. You will be given the same amount of days you were absent to make-up and turn in work, as well as take tests. Any make-up work not completed within the allotted time will receive a grade of zero (0). (ex: 1 day absent = 1 day to make-up work).
Tardiness is disrespectful to your classmates and to me. Please be on time. If there is a consistency of tardiness, your grade will be affected. Make every effort to be in class every day and on time.
Tutorials will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:35 or before school upon advanced arrangement.
There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE for academic dishonesty. Plagiarism and/or copying will not be tolerated and will be reflected in the academic behavior section of the report card. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. All students involved will receive a grade of “0” and will be unable to make-up that assignment.
You are expected to act with integrity, maturity, and respect for yourself, others in this class and in this school (no matter how you feel about them or how they feel about you), and our learning environment. I, too, am expected to act with integrity, maturity, and respect. Together, we will build a community of learners and a safe environment in this space with your fellow students. I will not allow any student to behave in any way which interferes with the learning of others. I will enforce the following rules:
1. Be in your seat when the bell rings at the beginning of the period.
2. Bring all books and materials to class every day.
3. Respect yourself, faculty, staff, and your classmates.
4. Do not leave your seat without permission. Also, remain in your seat until you are dismissed
by the teacher.
5. Raise your hand to be recognized before speaking in class.
6. Pay attention and listen to others when they are speaking.
7. Cell phones and/or electronic devices are prohibited to include headphones/earbuds around the
neck. Note: These items are strictly forbidden and will result in immediate confiscation.
8. Do not eat or drink in the classroom.
Failure to follow the expectations for self-discipline will result in the following order of consequences.
1. Verbal warning
2. Student-teacher conference
4. Parent phone contact
3. Parent-teacher conference
4. Referral (if it comes to that); will be used in situations where behavior continues to disrupt an entire class or in extreme behavior situations
CONFERENCE HOURS:3:40-4:30 7th Period
REQUIRED SUPPLY LIST:
Star Paragraph on assigned reading- short rhetorical analysis. Approximately one per week.
Approximately an essay per week. Some of these will take the form of AP Passage Responses (much writing and revision to be done in-class, but at-home writing will also be required). -- Analytical comparative essay on "Civil Disobedience" and "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
Documented argumentative essay on a figure of cultural, historical, social, or political significance
Student design of AP type multiple choice questions
Vocabulary, grammar test, and rhetorical devices tests
Tests on assigned reading
Practice multiple choice PSAT, SAT and AP type exams