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									Advanced Placement Literature and Composition – 2012 - 2013
Mr. James Sanford
j_sanford@sharon.k12.ma.us

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

AP English, a college level course in literature, composition, and language, challenges students to engage
in close textual analysis of various literary and non-fiction genres, research, and the development of a
mature writing style. Readings are taken from the following: Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead, Pride and Prejudice, The Stranger, Waiting for Godot, Paradise Lost, Brave New
World, 1984, Beloved, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Additional short story, essay, and poetry readings
are a requirement.

School-Wide Academic Expectations: The SHS student
 reads effectively.
• writes and speaks effectively.
• works both independently and cooperatively.


Behavioral Expectations/Class Rules

In order to provide an environment that is conducive to everyone’s learning, we must respect each other
and different viewpoints. Laughing at, being sarcastic with, and shouting over another person will not be
tolerated. I will also expect you to have assignments completed on time and to come to class prepared
well as participate in EACH class.

You can expect that I will be prepared for class, treat you with respect at all times and treat everyone
fairly. If you feel at anytime this is not the case, please bring it to my attention in an appropriate manner.

Strategies for success:

-Take notes in class as we discuss the works we are covering, even if they are not written on the board or
in a PowerPoint.
-Keep up with the reading and journaling, this allows you to think on your own before class discussion.
-Use the peer editing time in class to improve your writing by asking your editor focused questions on
your paper.
-See me immediately if you are having trouble with the assignments!

Grading Policy

Assessments and Grading:

Your grade is determined by the average of the quizzes, journals (your reader response notebook),
analytical papers, in-class essay tests and research projects you complete as well as class participation.
The following formula will be used to determine your grade:

Papers/in-class essays: 70% of your grade, Journals, Quizzes & Participation: 30%.
Please note that your major project, the research paper, will count as 50% of your third quarter grade.

Homework is important! It will be assigned every night and you are expected to write in your reader
response journal for each reading assignment unless otherwise noted. These responses will be graded 2
times each quarter.
ANY PLAGARIZED WORK WILL BE GIVEN A 0.
Literature
-apply literary terms that enhance an understanding of literature
- make careful observations of textual details and draw inferences and conclusions
   based on these observations
-determine and understand multiple levels of meaning within a literary work
-evaluate the artistic achievement as well as social and cultural values of a work of
   Literature
-demonstrate the capacity to respond actively and imaginatively to works of literature
  through oral and written projects

Writing
-write expository essays that reflect an analysis of a work of literature
-write a college essay(s)
-develop a mature writing style incorporating effective argument; clear and concise
 Organization; complex sentence structure and syntax; effective use of rhetoric; and
 a wide ranging vocabulary
-write a formal research paper on critical analysis of a particular work of literature

Some Essential Questions of the Course:

How do writers use language?
What is rhetoric?
What are the five elements of fiction?
How do authors present truths of the universal condition in various literary genres?
How have literary genres evolved over time?
How does studying literary criticism deepen one’s own understanding of the text?

Units of Study
Unit One: Summer Reading, Non Fiction & the Essay

        Readings
        Summer Reading Test: Into the Wild & 1984
        The Essay: Elements of the non-fiction essay
        Essays to be announced
        (College Essay completed in this unit. Non-Fiction essays will be used as models)

        Knowledge and Skills
        Literary terms: diction (high, middle and low), syntax, and satire, tone, logos, ethos and pathos

        Writing Skills: perspective, purpose, tone, audience, and narrative voice,
                        analysis, Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle, use of evidence,
                        coordination/subordination and sentence variety (simple, compound, complex
                        and compound/complex sentence structure), combining sentences using verbal
                        phrases, effective conclusions, varying sentence openings/sentence variety,
                        agreement, MLA writing standards, self editing and peer editing.

        Oral Communication Skills: Deliver oral presentation

        Assessments: In-class essays: Original non-fiction (1) and 2 in class essays on selected poems.
        Take home essay: college essay, Original non-fiction based on a model & 1 re-write.
        Journals: Non-fiction responses
        Projects: Non-fiction Project – how did your summer articles appeal to their audiences?
        Quizzes: check reading & close reading as needed

Unit Two: Who Am I? How do I define myself?
       Readings
       Beloved
       The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
       Poems to be announced
       A self selected, non-American, pre- 20th century work of literature with ample research
       available about it
       (The research paper will be started in this unit)



       Knowledge and Skills
       Literary Terms: In addition to some of the concepts of Unit 1, the following will be
                       introduced and/or reviewed: point of view, plot, character, setting, theme, tone,
                       dialect, Epic Poetry, metaphor, simile, conceit, apostrophe, internal and external
                       structure, assonance, consonance, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, theme and symbol.

       Writing Skills: In addition to the concepts of Unit 1, Comparison and contrast, MLA
                        Research standards, usage and mechanics

       Oral Communication Skills: actively engage in informal and formal discourse

       Assessments: In-class: Beloved, Huck Finn (passage) Outside: Beloved,
       2 novel synthesis essay & re-write
       Journals: novel focus questions
       Quizzes: check reading & close reading as needed

       (The research paper will be started in this unit and completed in Unit 3)

Unit Three: How do I relate to others & the world around me?

       Readings
       Hamlet
       Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
       Pride and Prejudice

       Knowledge and Skills
       Literary Terms: In addition to the concepts of Unit 1 & 2, the following will be
                        introduced and/or reviewed: Elements of Tragedy: tragic
       hero, soliloquy, rhetoric, iambic pentameter, aside, and character foil.

       Writing Skills: In addition to the skills of Unit 1 & 2, the following will be introduced:
                       Argument, analysis, and use of evidence

       Assessments: In-class: Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet and/or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are
       Dead. Outside: Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice & re-write & research paper due.
       Journals: novel focus questions
       Quizzes: check reading & close reading as needed

Unit Four: Person and Society: What are my responsibilities? What are society’s?

       Readings
       The Stranger
       A Man for All Seasons or A Streetcar Named Desire
       Review for the exam occurs in this unit
       Selected short stories
Knowledge and Skills
Literary Terms: In addition to the concepts of Unit 1, 2 & 3, the following will be
                introduced and/or reviewed: stage directions.

Writing Skills: analysis, use of evidence

Assessments: In-class: essays review for the exam.
Journals: play focus questions
Quizzes: check reading & close reading as needed

								
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