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									English AP Literature and Composition
www. RCHS/index.cfm Dr. Suzanne Lustie /// 2006-2007 // Tentative Syllabus

Course Description
Students will engage in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through this close reading of selected text, students should deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language , imagery, symbolism and tone” (College Board ) The Advanced Placement Program provides an opportunity for high school students to pursue and receive credit for college-level course work completed at the secondary school level. Specifically, AP Lit and Comp aims to introduce you to the pleasures of reading literature from a variety of authors from different time periods and cultures. We will read full length novels, essays, dramas, poetry and short stories. The difference in the type of reading we will do for this class is in learning how to approach each text as a questioner, and as a critical theorist who can then respond reflectively and analytically to texts, both “canonical” and multiculturally. Further, you need to be about preparing to do well on the AP exam given in May of each year. That is part of the reality of this class. Primary Text / Readings for the Year Exploring Literature, Writing and Thinking About Fiction, Poetry, Drama and The Essay 2nd Edition Frank Madden Editor, Pearson Longman ,2004. This anthology will be paired with novels throughout the year. Summer / August A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving and The Things They Carried, O’ Brien. September / October Things Fall Apart – Achebe Heart of Darkness – Conrad November: Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead. Don’t buy Hamlet; it’s in your anthology. December: Poetry from your anthology Christmas Break: Jane Eyre – Bronte. We’ll pair this with parts of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but don’t buy Alice just buy Jane January: A Handmaiden’s Tale – Atwood other dystopian literature February: The Awakening –Chopin and probably Madam Bovary – Flaubert March: Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Hardy and Dracula – Stoker Spring Break: Short story and essays from anthology and those I provide April: Night – Weisel (These aren’t paired . You just need to read both and time is running out) Fences – Play by August Wilson As I was preparing parts of this syllabus I thought of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan was a pastor, and he wanted to help the members of his church in Bedford understand the relationship of Christians to one another. He wrote allegorically to help them understand some concepts that might have been difficult or new. Some of the issues in this syllabus are difficult or new; the reading you must do, attendance, supplies, work on time, gracious participation, to name a few. Like Bunyan cared for his congregation, I care deeply about you. I want you to understand your literary and life journey, but I will be truthful and I will bring rigor to the class. I ask that you embrace that truth and rigor as well. Bunyan tells us that a little hill was cast up so pilgrims


could view what lay before them. This syllabus is a bit like the hill that Bunyan talked about, a way to see what lies before you. We will write in a variety of ways, for a variety of purposes: ✶Reader’s notebook ✶Expository essays ✶Formal literary essays ✶Practice AP essays

Please note: All written assignments done outside of class must be typed double spaced or 1.5 spaced (with the exception of what you do in your Reader’s/ Writer’s Notebook). I would encourage you to be a bit creative with your Reader’s Notebook. Write on non-traditional surfaces–maybe you have a great idea at a restaurant, grab a napkin , a match book cover, a coaster, and jot down your idea, don’t transfer it to paper, just tape or glue it on the page, date it and make a note of some of the particulars –it’s fun stuff and good ideas come at strange times. ✶ Composition notebook/ Writer’s notebook–for English only please –I liked the stitched kind but use what works for you ✶ Binder and Binder paper ✶ Post-It Notes / Transparent flags for marking texts ✶ Pens, pencils Personal copy of the books we are reading so you can annotate them and other wise mark them –you see what the titles are. I have ordered the anthology and can get a better price for you than Amazon. Have these by the time we need them during the year. ✶You will be using vocabulary books, but not Day Books. ✶I find it helpful to have all of these sticky note tab thingies to be kept in a three ring pocket in the binder – saves lots of hunting ✶Tissue for the classroom Student’s Right to Read Please note : I believe in the National Council of Teachers of English “Students’ Right to Read” policy, which encourages students to make intelligent decisions for appropriate reading. Students who do not wish to read a selection for reasons of personal values, religious beliefs or other significant objections may at any time, with the teacher’s guidance, select an alterative work comparable in difficulty and subject matter. However, if you want alternative titles, there needs to be a connection with what will be found on the AP exam. I have a list of works that have been used on tests for the past two decades. It’s what I consulted when I chose our reading selections. Material Independent Reading It’s easy to think that the only reading that you should be doing are the novels we are studying in class. Please remember it’s really ok to continue to read independently on your own. I’ve brought in new books to entice and encourage you. You will want to continue to work on the grid I gave you .Your summer reading should be done. We will do several practice tests, essay and multiple choice. As you enlarge and enrich your literature background you become more proficient and thus will do a better job with assessment. Tension I want you to prepare to do an awesome job on the test in May and I have no doubt that we can prepare to do that. But remember: The test is three hours – the class is 180 days. Don’t use too small a lens as you think about all there is to experience in this English class. Prepare for the test yes, by all means, but most of all -- continue to think well, and prepare to take your place as a thoughtful citizen of our democracy. You may be nervous about what you’ve gotten yourself into. You will probably have a bit more homework than students in English IV, but my philosophy for advance courses is that there should not be a significant amount more work; rather, the work that you complete has greater depth and requires a different level of intellectual curiosity, rigor and commitment. The critical lenses we will be using to

read our texts will provide you with a way of reading your world, a way of “seeing” differently and analytically that can help you develop intellectual perspectives in all of life. You are very lucky and so am I. I am so glad to be with you on this journey, thank you. Academic Honesty Rock Canyon High School considers cheating or academic dishonesty (plagiarism) to be a serious violation of school rules. The school has adopted procedures to deal with students who: 1. Receive or provide information during a test 2. Receive or provide information on tests given during an earlier period 3. Use unauthorized material on tests 4. Use ideas or written material from other sources –student, professional writers, internet notes/ study guides –without acknowledging the source in their own writing. 5. Use or copy another student’s homework when not authorized by the teacher to do so. 6. Allow other students to use their work on assignments. Consequences are listed in the Student Handbook

Habits of Mind
Broad Intellectual Practices Exhibits curiosity Read with awareness of self and others Experiment with new ideas Exhibit respect for other’s viewpoints Challenge one’s own belief Experiment with new ideas Ask provocative question Generates hypothesis See other points of view Engage in intellectual discussions Classroom Behaviors Ask questions Be attentive in class Come to class prepared Contribute to class discussions
(Jim Burke’s AP Lit Class, Burlingame H.S., Burlingame Cal)

Additional college expectations Respect facts and information in situations where feelings and intuitions often prevail Embrace the value of research to explore new ideas through reading and writing Develop a capacity to work hard and to expect high standards Show initiative and develop ownership of one’s education Missing / Late Assignments ✶Homework and class assignments are NOT ACCEPTED unless you have had an EXCUSED absence ✶Larger papers and projects will be accepted with one letter grade docked for each day the assignment is late ✶Any missing assignment will receive a zero in the grade book Attendance Inconsistent attendance invariably leads to increased stress: too much make up work, loss of continuity with class activities, and inability to participate fully in discussions. Senior year is a time when many of you are overwhelmed by the demands of several AP classes and college visits. Also, many of you hold leadership positions in the school or participate in athletic , band or drama. Learning to manage yourself is essential to your success at home, in school and at work. Take care of yourself by careful planning. Remember: ✶ when you need to miss class get excused before you go and try to make up work before you go. Because of the seminar nature of this class there is

no way to make up the rich discussion of your peers, but perhaps you can ask someone for notes ✶I keep a record of the day’s happening in a school planner, which is located on my desk at the front of the room. You should always check this planner first to find out what awesome things were going on when you had to miss. ✶Check my web site for big picture calendar scheduling, You can make up work during Access or by appointment with me for an after school time. Make up work is due within a week of your absence. In addition, you should not assume it is okay to miss class just because a teacher or advisor asks you to. So many of you are involved in 1,327 wonderful activities. However, you short change our discussions when you don’t show up emotionally and intellectually. Please respect your classmates and me by being on time and prepared. Grading: I follow a standard grading scale 100-90 is an A, 89- 80 is a B , and so on. Grades are averaged as total points, I don’t weight assignments. Please understand that this course is held to a national standard and I try to be as honest with you as possible in making sure that your grade reflects your ability and understanding of the course content. Food and Drink : Water only, please – it helps your brain work better and won’t ruin our floors and get sticky “stuff” on the desk if it is spilled accidentally. Snacks are sometimes essential, and are allowed as long as you do not leave a trail of crumbs or wrappers or. . . behind just keep the munching discrete please.

This part of the syllabus will be a bit flexible. As we progress we might find certain writing or reading skills need more practice than others. We’ll try to keep to the reading schedule. However, concepts and assignments will emerge and change as class needs present themselves. I look forward to our adventure.




Short stories pg 67 Chopin, Story of an Hour pg 267 Updike, The A & P pg 1072 Carver , Cathedral

Grammar of Literature Patterns, codes, rules employed in analysis Every week there will be vocabulary from Great Source plus we will add poetry terms – we’ll negotiate (within limits) how best to master this material. Essential Questions: ✴Who and what gives us our identity?

Variety -- in class Short take home Practice analyzing AP test College Essay


Summer reading O’Brien, Irving

✴How do you know yourself because you know a text? The questions every human faces is that of identity: self-definition encompassing values, interests, dreams, and perceptions. One vehicle facilitating the search for identity is literature. How to approach a text – how to discuss it, how to evaluate it, how to use it –are issues for us this year. As readers and writers we will know more about ourselves and about literature at the end of May.

Materials Anthology ( Exploring Literature ) pages1067 -1299–Theme Faith and Doubt through Fiction/ Poetry/ Drama (Othello) and the Essay read what speaks to you. The more you read the better foundation you will have. Poems ( Memorize one for the Month: ✶ Something from Othello

Concepts Read for and write about: archetypes patterns Ideas connecting: connections Quests Acts of Communion Fairy Tales Poetry concept : connotation- denotation You can substitute a poem (check with me first), I just want you to start memorizing some worthy text. Essential Questions: ✴What happens when identities collide? ✴What happens when faith and doubt collide?

Assignments Composition–connection/ comparing of one of the pieces in the anthology to summer reading Irving or O’Brien Senior portfolio College essay

✶Wishes by Ya-Ka-Nes ✶The Waking Roethke ✶if there are heavens ee cummings





Things Fall Apart, Achebe Heart of Darkness, Conrad

Practice Questioning Level One, Level Two , Level Three Practice Critical Friends Protocol for reading discussion for analysis of writing Essential Questions: ✴ What is the corollary between multiple critical lenses and our self /ourselves? ✴If language shapes identity, how does it do so?

Library work on background of Things Fall Apart as a reaction to Heart of Darkness. Practice tests and analysis Fall Break KEEP READING October st 1 Qt Benchmark -– well written essay that respond thoroughly and clearly to the kind of free response (open) essay question from the AP lit / comp exam

Poems -- Memorize one ✶ #249 or # 245 Emily Dickinson ✶Departure by Genny Lim ✶When I Think about Myself Angelou ✶My People Langston Hughes Mya

Materials Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead Poems Memorize –If you can quote on the exam you can support your thoughts so eloquently ✶Something from Hamlet

Concepts archetypes patterns Literary Theory Connections : The Bible Shakespeare Weather Is it Political

Assignments Literary Argument

November Essential Question: ✴What is the relationship between language and truth? ✴How willing are we to embrace a truth?

Materials Poetry Anthology Pg 1133

Concepts Seeing the patterns in poetry as in literature practice the terms needed for analysis – Alliteration, assonance , rhyme, slant rhyme meter, quatrain, sonnet, sestina, content, tone, symbolic dimensions of simple things Line breaks etc. Essential Questions: ✴How do you read narrative in which ambiguity reigns and language can be used to hide truth as well as to illuminate it? ✴What is a “truth” impels us to violate an essential element of our self- concept?

Assignments Connecting poetry and painting

Jane Eyre (Christmas Break)

Practice tests and analysis

December 2 Qt Benchmark – well written essay that responds thoroughly and clearly to the kind of textual analysis essay question that appears on the AP Lit and Com test Assignments

Materials A Handmaiden’s Tale Atwood

Concepts Read for and write about: archetypes patterns literary theory Essential Question: ✴What are good and evil? ✴Is evil an intrinsic element of human nature? Ideas: Christ Figures repetitions

Connecting to 1984, Brave New World, Amusing Ourselves To Death or . .

Poems dealing with women, or utopia or dystopia





The Awakening Chopin Madam Bovary Flaubert Poems dealing with women, or utopia or dystopia, or illusions or politics Essential Question: ✴What happens when moral systems collide? ✴What is the difference between sin and crime?

Practice tests and analysis


Materials Tess of the D’Urbervilles Dracula Stoker

Concepts Read for and write about: archetypes Ideas patterns Vampire connections Jung literary theory Essential Question: ✴How does narrative point of view affect the presentation of good and evil?

Assignments March 3 Qt Benchmark – At this point, students should be able to write a well organized essay that responds thoroughly and clearly to the kind of poetry analysis essay question that appears on the AP Lit and Com Exam

Short Stories / Essay from Anthology

literary theory Keep reading

Spring break

Materials Night Weisel Analysis Terms Poetry Terms Fences Wilson // revisit Othello and Hamlet

Concepts Analysis Terms –review Essential Question: ✴ What is a good life? ✴ What gives life meaning? ✴ What is existentialism? Is it an optimistic or pessimistic philosophy or both?

Assignments REVIEW for AP test You’re going to do a great job. You’re read, widely, put in thoughtful, hard work. Trust yourself –Get enough sleep –l(et me be the one to lose sleep)

April Practice writing all three kinds of essays – timed Materials I’ll offer some after school review sessions April and May think about problem areas we can tackle. Concepts Concepts–Is it satirical to think that seniors are going to focus?-- after the AP test and this close to graduation, hmmmm. How about if all work is done in class and it’s mentally interesting? Essential Question: ✴What does your generation see as its mission and what do you see as yours? Assignments REVIEW for AP test

Satire unit May

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