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					Mr. Robert M. DeLisle
Advanced Placement English Literature / Composition
Hillgrove High School – Fall 2011
1st period planning

Course Overview: This course is designed to prepare students for the AP English Literature Exam and
collegiate level critical thinking and writing: therefore, the text and selected readings are based on
college level expectations. Using various techniques (annotation, TP-CASTT, SOAPSTone, Socratic
Seminars, and a variety of differentiated activities), the primary focus of this class will be on the
development of advanced critical reading, discussion, and writing skills. The reading for this class, which
will be extensive, will be based on multiple genres, to include novels, fiction, nonfiction, drama, short
stories, and poetry. Writing assignments will be both out of class and in class timed cold writes and quick
writes. As well, students will respond to multiple free write AP writing prompts and take multiple
practice AP exams as preparation for the actual exam. Time permitting, the class will also evaluate film
as literature as a means to enhance critical evaluation skills.

Provided text:
Literature – Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama ( 5th edition)– Robert DiYanni
 Literature – Structure, Sound, & Sense (10th edition)

Required text:
Carson McCullers – Ballad of the Sad Café
Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye
William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying
John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meaney
Tennessee Williams – Film as literature (films tba)

Materials / supplies:
Flash drive
Highlighter (yellow)
Notebook with loose-leaf paper

Class Policies / Procedures:
    1. Make-up work is per the Hillgrove handbook policy. It is your responsibility to find out what you
        missed, not mine, so be sure to read the blog. After allotted time to make up missed work, there
        will be a 10% reduction in grade per day
    2. Quizzes for the Sadler-Oxford vocabulary books and AP lit. terms will be administered on
        Thursdays on alternate weeks.
    3. No purses, book bags, etc. on desks
    4. Once the class has begun, do not move around the room unless given expressed permission to
        do so
    5. No food or drink, save for water, allowed in the classroom
    6. Writing sign-up sheet for essay conferences available
    7. Do not use “pedestrian” language
    8. There is no such animal as extra credit!
    9. I expect your best effort at all times! A positive attitude is the most important thing that you can
        bring to class. Your participation in discussion is “vital” to the success of this course. As such,
        please, be courteous to those speaking in class. Everyone’s ideas are important, and there are
        no unimportant ideas!
    10. Do not mess with the platypus!

   1. Senior Project Research Paper       5%
   2. Senior Project Portfolio            5%
   3. Senior Project Presentation         5%
   4. Senior Project Product              5%
   5. Literary analysis paper             5%
   6. Writing                             25%
   7. Reading Across the curriculum       30%
   8. Listening / Viewing / speaking      10%
   9. Final Examination                   10%

Semester Overview / Scope and Sequence: Depending upon the needs of students, the school
calendar, Senior Project, instructor discretion, etc., this syllabus is tentative and subject to change.

Aug. 15-19:
    Opening day procedures: syllabus review, summer reading assignment , and review Senior
        Project Manual (Info. search)
    logo narrative activity
    Literary terms / movement review
    Writing evaluation – Cold timed write # 1with post discussion (writing folders)
    Logo presentations
Aug. 22-26:
    Approval of research topic and product / review format for letter of intent
    Peer review of letter of intent (26th)
        Reading, analysis, discussion, and review of sample student essays over Katherine Brush’s short
        story “Birthday Party.”
    Review poetry analysis techniques, such as TP-CASTT, through differentiated analysis activity
    Reading/discussion of selected poems (Blake) – reading and evaluation of sample student AP
        exam essays
Aug. 29 –Sept. 2
    Letter of intent due and summer reading assignment due
    AP Lit. terms quiz – 1-20
    Reading/discussion / puzzle activity over selected poems of William Wordsworth
    C/C activity – Roethke and Hayden
    Practice exam # 1 (Millay)with reevaluations and teacher led review / discussion
Sept. 5-9:
    Deadline for securing a mentor – signed / completed mentor information and agreement form
    Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 1
    Introduction to The Ballad of the Sad Café : In class reading, discussion, with parallel readings
        (Flannery O’Conner )
      Introduction to As I Lay Dying and reading assignment # 1 (chapters 1-32; pg. 1-128) complete
       by Sept. 16th

Sept. 12-16:
     Begin work on research papers (lab days tba)
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 2
     Cold write # 2 (Gerard Manly Hopkins) with reading /discussion of follow-up selected readings
     Practice AP exam # 2 with reevaluation and teacher lead discussion / review
     Assessment and discussion: As I Lay Dying reading assignment # 1 – complete novel by Sept.
Sept. 19-23:
     Proclamation slide due
     AP lit terms quiz :21-40
     Differentiated poetry teaching activity: group / poem selections ; student generated
        criteria/rubrics , and in-class work
     Final discussion over As I Lay Dying: final assessment tba
     Introduction to The Bluest Eye and reading assignment # 1 (pg. 1-93) complete by Sept. 30th
Sept. 26-30:
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 3
     Free response essay with post discussion
     Intro. to poetry teaching assignment: to include authors, such as Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot,
        William Butler Yeats, John Donne, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Margret Atwood, Emily
        Dickinson, as well as student selected works
     Assessment and discussion: The Bluest Eye reading assignment # 1 – Complete novel by Oct. 7th
Oct. 3-7:
     1st mentor log check
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 4
     Reading/discussion over selected short stories: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” John Steinbeck’s
        “The Chrysanthemums,” John Cheever’s “The Five-Fourty-Eight”
     Final discussion over The Bluest Eye: final assessment tba
     Introduction to A Prayer for Owen Meany and reading assignment # 1 (chapters 1-2)
Oct. 10-14:
     AP lit. terms quiz : 41-60
     Cold write # 3 (Roethke)
     Begin student presentations for the poetry teaching activity
     Assessment and discussion over assignment # 1 A Prayer for Owen Meany (complete chapters 3-
        4 by Oct. 21st)
Oct. 17-21:
     Deadline for completion of research paper (extra credit option)
     Begin preparation for Senior Project speeches
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 5
     Practice AP exam # 3 with reevaluation and teacher led discussion / review
     Assessment and discussion over reading assignment # 2 A Prayer for Owen Meany (complete
        chapters 5-6 by Oct. 28th)
Oct. 24-28:
     2nd mentor log check
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 6
     Free response essay with post discussion
     Begin in-class reading of Macbeth
     Assessment and discussion over reading assignment # 3 A Prayer for Owen Meany (complete
        chapters 7-8 by Nov. 4th)
Oct. 31-Nov. 4
     Deadline for mentor hours /Letter to judges due/deadline for mentor eval. and product
        verification / mentor log due
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 7
     Continue with in-class reading of Macbeth
     Assessment and discussion over assignment # 4 A Prayer for Owen Meany (complete novel by
        Nov. 11th)
Nov. 7-11:
     Resume due / thank you note to mentor due / portfolios due
     AP lit. terms quiz: 61-80
     Peer reviews for literary analysis essays
     Nov. 9 - Due date for literary analysis essay
     Continue with in-class reading of Macbeth
     Final discussion over A Prayer for Owen Meany: final assessment tba
Nov. 14-18
     17th - Senior boards night
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 8
     Cold write # 4 (Frost / Dickinson)
     Complete reading/discussion of Macbeth (final assessment tba)
Nov. 21-25
     Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 28- Dec. 2
     Sadler vocab. quiz – unit 9
     Practice AP exam # 4 with reevaluation and teacher lead discussion / review
     Death of a Salesman - Miller
Dec. 5-9:
     AP lit. terms quiz: 81-100
     Film as literature: film, discussion, essay drafting
Dec. 12-16:
     Film as literature: essay for final exam
Dec. 19-23:
     Final exams

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