English_III_AP_syllabus by nuhman10


									English III AP: Language and Composition
Course Number: 10325
Credit: One
Pre-requisites: Pre-AP English II or advanced course work criteria

Instructor: Mrs. Julie Tolle
E-mail address: jtolle@dentonisd.org
Conference Periods: A4 and B4
Phone 940-369-3000 (Please do not call during class: 8:40-2:30)
Tutorials: before school every day; afternoons by appointment
Make- up tests and quizzes – Wednesdays after school

Course Objectives and Goals: Students enrolled in English III AP continue to increase and refine their
communication skills. They are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular
basis, editing their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and
mechanics of written English and, ultimately, producing error-free drafts. Students practice all forms of
writing and read extensively in multiple genres from American literature and other related works of world
literature. Students learn literary forms and terms associated with selections being read. Students practice
close reading and rhetorical analysis of selected passages and/or essays. A major focus of the class is on
analyzing and writing argument and persuasion. Students will also prepare for the TAKS Exit Language Arts
exam and the AP Language and Composition test.

Approved Resources:
  The Bedford Reader Kennedy, Kennedy, and Aaron
  Elements of Literature: Literature of the United States Holt

Rules/Class Procedures: Daily attendance is mandatory; we accomplish much each day in AP English III.
Be punctual. All student handbook rules will be enforced. Courtesy and respect are always expected.

Supplies/Materials: Bring all materials daily. You’ll need several blue or black pens; all class work (except
standardized testing) is done in ink. Have a good supply of lined notebook paper. Organize class handouts,
notes, vocabulary lessons, quizzes, practice tests, etc. in a three ring binder with dividers. Major
assignments such as essays and exams will be kept in your cumulative English file. All assignments
completed outside of class must be typed unless otherwise stated.

Grading policy: Three week progress reports will be given to all students; parents may also view grades on
Denton ISD’s Gradespeed site. (Recognize, however, that essays and timed writings will not be graded the
day they are turned in; grading written work is a time-consuming process.)
Daily: Homework, in class work, quizzes                 25%
Major: Projects, exams, essays, timed writings          75%

Homework: Homework assignments will be regular and will involve reading, annotating, or otherwise
responding to reading; working to acquire vocabulary; writing, revising, and editing compositions. Because
of the pace at which work, daily assignments must be completed for the next class session or
learning will be lost. Grades will not be assessed on every bit of work done; however, we will typically
have enough grades to allow a student to miss one daily assignment per six weeks with no more than one
point difference in the six weeks grade. Work that requires several days or weeks to complete will not be
accepted late without prior discussion of the situation with the instructor. Absentees must follow the district
make-up work policy. Obtain phone numbers/e-mail addresses of several classmates; mine are listed above
Please email me when you are absent or check with another student so that you come back to class
prepared. Please remember that this is a college level class.

Important Dates:
  AP Study Sessions: TBA (at least 12 after school hours during spring semester)
  Practice Exam: Thursday, March 25 (PM) MANDATORY
  AP Testing Date: Wednesday, May 12 (AM)

Other important exam dates:
  PSAT: Wednesday, October 14
  TAKS (ELA exit exam): Wednesday, March 3
Scope and Sequence for Tolle’s AP III 2009-2010

Every six weeks:
Vocabulary acquisition
Usage, grammar, and syntax instruction
Composition including timed writings
Style analysis
Rhetoric in reading and writing (skills will build)
   Rhetorical triangle
   Rhetorical appeals: ethos, pathos, logos
   Canons of Rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style memory, delivery
   Logical methods and fallacies
   Rhetorical terms

First Six Weeks:
Sumer reading journal of How to Read Literature like a Professor, Foster
The Chosen, Potok
The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
PSAT practice
Independent reading of a nonfiction selection: A Lesson before Dying, Gaines

Second Six Weeks:
PSAT: Wednesday, October 14
The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
The Crucible, Miller
Colonial nonfiction and poetry
Independent reading of nonfiction selection: An American Slave, Douglass; The Color of Water,
Mcbride; Warriors Don’t Cry, Beals; In Cold Blood, Capote; One Writer’s Beginnings, Welty;
Nickel and Dimed, Ehreneich; The Glass Castle, Walls; On Writing, King.

Third six weeks:
 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
Writing from the Harlem Renaissance
Basics of Argument and Persuasion
Independent reading of contemporary fiction: Bless Me, Ultima; Anaya; Tortilla Curtain, Boyle;
Kite Runner, Hosseini; The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd;

Fourth six weeks:
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Lawrence and Lee
Essays of Emerson and Thoreau
TAKS practice
Research paper: argument and persuasion
Independent reading: The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

Fifth six weeks:
TAKS Exit English/Language Arts exam: Wednesday, March 3
AP practice exam at the PDC: Thursday, March 25 (evening) MANDATORY
Independent reading of war fiction: The Red Badge of Courage, Crane; A Farewell to Arms,
Hemingway; If I Die in a Combat Zone, O’Brien

Sixth Six Week:
AP practice tests and readings
American poets
Independent reading: American author TBA

*This is a tentative schedule, subject to change. Revisions and updates will be given in a timely
                                                  Important Notes:

The Denton Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race color, and or
national origins in its educational programs. Admission to career programs is based on age, grade, interest,
aptitude, and ability. Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admissions and participation in any
educational programs.

Please sign, detach, and return the bottom portion of this form.

“I, ________________________________ parent/guardian of ___________________________________

have read and understand the syllabus for AP English III.

Parent/Guardian____________________________________                                    Date _____________________________

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