AP Literature and Composition Syllabus

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					AP Literature and Composition Syllabus
Course overview:
Through daily practice of critical reading and writing, AP English will prepare students to take the AP Literature/Composition exam in May. Students who successfully complete the AP exam will qualify for a semester of credit in English at most colleges and universities. This course is taught similarly to a college-level English course; therefore, the reading and writing expectations are high and the workload is demanding. This course will emphasize independent thought and active classroom discussion. Assignments include a variety of oral and written projects, numerous analytical essays, and a documented argument paper.

The following State Language Arts Standards will be taught: 1) Through critical reading, students will learn new vocabulary and use it in their speech and writing. 2) Through the reading of non-fiction, students will analyze the arguments, positions, and rhetorical strategies of a variety of writers. 3) Through the reading of a variety of historically and culturally significant literature, students will learn to conduct indepth analyses of diction, tone, point of view, organizational structure, syntax, theme, characterization, and other literary devices. 4) Students will write coherent and focused texts that show a well-defined point of view and tightly reasoned argument. The writing will demonstrate the students’ progression through the stages of pre-writing, writing, editing, and revision. 5) Students will write reflective, narrative, descriptive, comparison/contrast, and argument essays utilizing a variety of rhetorical strategies. 6) Students’ writing will demonstrate a control of grammar, diction, paragraph and sentence structure, mechanics, usage, and spelling. Students will use MLA conventions in any writing that involves outside source materials. 7) Students will demonstrate appropriate speaking and listening skills through class discussions, formal presentations, oral reports, and Socratic discussion.
Textbooks: Arp, Thomas R., and Greg Johnson, eds. Perrine’s Literature Structure, Sound, and Sense. 8th ed. Heinle & Heinle: United States, 2006. Sebranek, Patrick, Verne Meyer and Dave Kemper. Write for College. Write Source: USA, 2007. List of required works that are in anthology or are provided by the school: Siddhartha Oedipus Hamlet Brave New World The Grapes of Wrath Crime and Punishment Death of a Salesman A Doll’s House The Stranger Poetry Short fiction and essays

AP Reading List: List of novels from which students will choose for outside reading:

Alias Grace An American Tragedy As I Lay Dying The Awakening The Bell Jar Beloved Black like Me Catch 22 The Catcher in the Rye Cat's Eye Cold Mountain The Color Purple

Emma Ethan Frome A Farewell to Arms Heart of Darkness In the Lake of the Woods Invisible Man Jane Eyre Kite Runner Life of Pi Light in August Madame Bovary Native Son

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest The Poisonwood Bible A Prayer for Owen Meany Snow Falling on Cedars The Sound & the Fury Sula The Sun Also Rises Tess of the D'Urbervilles The Things They Carried Wuthering Heights Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Semester I
Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

Students will: Critically read and discuss Siddhartha; explore the theme: Who is man? Why is he here? (1, 2, 3, 7) Discuss and analyze tone and diction through close reading of several essays (1, 2, 3) Complete a style analysis of “He Caught the Dream” by Bronwen Dickey (3, 4, 5, 6) Participate in a Socratic discussion and written essay test for Siddhartha (4, 5, 6, 7) Write narrative essay that explores the theme of “Who Am I?” (4, 5, 6) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Begin critically reading 1st selected novel from AP Outside Reading List (1, 3) Complete narrative essay and conduct style analysis of own essay (3, 4, 5, 6) Peer edit and revise narrative essay (3, 4, 5, 6) Read assorted essays and identify rhetorical strategies used by the authors (1, 2, 3) Critically read and respond to questions about "Interpreter of Maladies" (1, 3, 7) Read and annotate Joan Didion’s “On Self Respect” and then write essay explaining their definition of self respect (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3)

Weeks 5 and 6

Students will:
Begin critically reading and discussing Hamlet (1, 3, 7) Role play scenes from Hamlet (7)

Weeks 7 and 8

Weeks 9 and 10

Weeks 11 and 12

Weeks 13 and 14

Read and analyze comparison mode essays from a variety of authors (1, 3, 4, 5, 6) Write timed essay over outside reading book 1 using past AP Lit Question 3 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Begin critically reading 2nd selected novel from AP Outside Reading List (1, 3, 7) Write timed AP Lit. essay using past AP Lit. Question 2 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Continue critically reading and discussing Hamlet (1, 3, 7) Answer Applied Practice questions for Hamlet (1, 3) Begin literary analysis comparing two characters in Hamlet (1, 3, 4, 5, 6) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Complete final assessment for Hamlet (1, 3) Memorize Hamlet soliloquy (7) Peer edit Hamlet literary essays (4, 5, 6) Write timed essay over outside reading book 2 using past AP Lit Question 3 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Begin critically reading 3rd selected novel from AP Outside Reading List (1, 3, 7) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Critically read and discuss Oedipus (1, 3, 7) Study Greek theater and Golden Age of Greece (3) Begin Greek research projects (1, 2, 3) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Finish critically reading and discussing Oedipus (1, 3, 7) Apply Aristotle’s Poetics to Oedipus (1, 2, 3, 5) Complete a group project and assessment for Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” (1, 2, 3, 7) Read and discuss poem “Jocasta” by Ruth Eisenberg (1, 3, 7) Write timed essay over outside reading book 3 using past AP Lit Question 3 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Begin critically reading Brave New World (1, 3, 7) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3)

Weeks 15 and 16

Weeks 17 and 18

Semester II
Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

Weeks 5 and 6

Students will: Continue reading Brave New World (1, 3) Present Greek projects (7) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Complete assessment over Brave New World (1, 3) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Semester exam Students will: Critically read and discuss Death of a Salesman (1, 3, 7) Critically read Arthur Miller’s “Tragedy of Common Man” (1, 2, 3) Complete assessment for Death of a Salesman (1, 3) Begin critically reading Crime and Punishment (1, 2, 3) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Complete group activities related to dreams, psychology of criminal (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7) Write a short descriptive essay and then perform six revisions on the essay emphasizing different aspects of writing with each revision; i.e., concrete nouns, vigorous verbs, dialogue, descriptive words, complex sentences [Strengthening Your Writing Unit] (4, 5) Learn sentence combining skills through practice with coordination and subordination (4, 5) Read and annotate Joan Didion’s “Why I Write?” and then write reflective essay entitled “__________, the Writer”(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Continue critically reading Crime and Punishment (1, 2, 3, 7) Complete timed essay based on past AP Lit Question 1 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Complete final assessment and participate in Socratic discussion of Crime and Punishment (4, 5, 6, 7) Begin study of argumentation, logic, and fallacies (1, 2, 4, 5, 6) Write 10 opinion statements and solicit written feedback and responses from peers (4, 5, 6) Begin search for topics for argumentation research paper (1, 2, 3) Select topic for research paper (1, 2, 3) Learn process of compiling bibliography for research paper (4, 5, 6) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3)

Weeks 7 and 8

Weeks 9 and 10

Weeks 11 and 12

Weeks 13 and 14

Weeks 15 and 16

Students will: Begin critically reading The Grapes of Wrath (1, 3) Learn note-taking techniques for research paper (4, 5, 6) Conduct library research for argument paper (4, 5, 6) Class discussions and readings about plagiarism, validity of sources, ethos, logos, pathos (1, 2, 3, 6, 7) Write reflective essay about choice of research paper topic (5, 6) Complete and turn in source/bibliography cards for research paper (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Complete timed essay based on past AP Lit Question 1 prompt (2, 3, 4, 5) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Continue critically reading The Grapes of Wrath (1, 3) Complete and turn in source/bibliography cards for research paper (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Read assorted poems in text and select poem for analysis and explication (1, 3, 7) Discuss selected poem with group, TPCASTT, and write poetry explication (4, 5) Continue to critically read assorted poetry and discuss poetic elements (1, 2, 3, 7) Peer edit, revise, and submit poetry explication (4, 5, 6) Students will: Continue critically reading The Grapes of Wrath (1, 3) Complete note cards and rough drafts for research paper (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6) Interpret and analyze a poem (1, 3) Students will: Complete final assessment and participate in Socratic discussion of The Grapes of Wrath (4, 5, 6, 7) Critically read The Stranger and “Myth of Sisyphus” (1, 2, 3) Peer edit argument research paper (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Complete assessment for The Stranger and “Myth of Sisyphus” (4, 5, 6) Turn in final draft research paper (4, 5, 6) Students will: Practice essay writing and multiple choice questions for AP Exams (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Critically read A Doll’s House (1, 3, 7) Write reflective essay/journal (5, 6)

Weeks17 and 18

Students will: Critically read “Yellow Wallpaper” (1, 3, 7) Compare themes in “Yellow Wallpaper” and A Doll’s House (1, 3, 7) Write summative reflective journal over AP experience (5, 6) Final exam

ASSESSMENT

The standards for this class will be assessed by a report card as a final exam grade.

final exam (final test, project, portfolio, etc)

and the grade will be reflected on the