English 12 AP English Literature by pengxiuhui


									English 12 AP: English Literature and Composition                                                                        Spring 2010
Kelley Miller
West Stokes High School
King, NC

          Welcome, and congratulations on accepting the challenge of AP English Literature and composition! This course is an exciting course
where you will be pushed to go where you have not dared to go before. As you know, this is a college-level course in which you will develop
skills to facilitate your own close reading, insightful analysis, and adept written examination of literature.

Course Objectives:
    1. Reading
          a. To improve student’s ability to read attentively to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate literature
          b. To improve student’s working vocabulary
          c. To further develop student’s critical thinking skills by developing strategies and techniques for close reading and analysis
          d. To strengthen student’s knowledge and use of literary terminology
          e. To develop student’s understanding of genres of fiction, drama, and poetry
          f. To enable student to read, understand, and appreciate a variety of complex texts
    2. Writing
          a. To refine the student’s understanding and use of the writing process
          b. To hone student’s ability to write about literature
          c. To improve student’s critical thinking skills by writing critical essays about literature
          d. To develop student’s ability to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate with mature readers
          e. To refine student’s own style of writing
          f. To review and minimize problems with mechanics, grammar and usage
    3. AP Examination
          a. To prepare students for this exam by familiarizing them with its format
          b. To improve student’s test-taking skills through timed drills of multiple choice and essay questions
          c. To instill confidence and enable students to successfully take the AP exam.
        Students are required to have a copy of Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (provided by the school). Supplemental material will often
be provided using the Norton Anthology of English Literature: Major Authors and other supplemental texts; however, if students prefer to have
their own copies of texts, I am amenable to that preference. We will also be reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; unfortunately, we do not have class sets of these texts. Students can easily find these in the local library or
in a used bookstore for relatively little cost. I can recommend some sites or some stores if a student would prefer a personal copy; these can be
beneficial for annotation purposes.

Reading Response Journals:
         Students will be required to keep a reading response journal in which they reflect upon and analyze the daily reading assignments. For
most reading assignments, these journal entries should be divided into the following sections: before reading, during reading, and after reading.
As an appendix to this syllabus, I have attached several “tips for critical reading” which will be helpful as students complete these journal entries.
For some reading assignments, I will give more prescriptive instructions for journal entries. It is critical that students keep up-to-date reading
journals; if they fall behind in their reading assignments, it will be incredibly difficult to catch up! Typically, journals written at the last minute
truly lack the analysis and depth which I expect, and grades tend to suffer. So keep up with your work!

Poetry Journals:
         Each Friday, students will be required to submit a poetry journal in which they have reflected upon 1 poem of their choice from a set I will
have given them. These journal responses are open and flexible; they may be an analysis of the poem and the poetic elements used, an explication
of the meaning of the poem, or a personal response reflecting feelings or memories evoked by the poem. These responses are not graded in a
traditional manner in an effort to encourage students to respond more openly and without the fear of being “wrong.” I have found that most
students have the greatest amount of difficulty and the least confidence when writing about poetry, so these journals are meant to develop their
confidence in reading and analyzing poetry.
         These responses must be written in ink on loose-leaf paper (or typed); they must be one page in length, at a minimum. Responses, like all
assignments, are due at the beginning of class. I will NOT ACCEPT late poetry responses.

Evaluation and Credit:
        Essays                                             35
        Quizzes, Timed AP Practice, Poetry Journals        20
        Summer-reading & Context Presentations             15
        Reading Journals                                   30

Grading Expectations:
       All writing assignments must be submitted on time; late assignments will have 20 points per day late deducted. Assignments will be
scored with the following expectations:
     An A paper is SUPERIOR and will exhibit the following traits:
            o Outstanding word choice, organization, and sentence with a variety of sentence patterns
            o Maturity of thought and language
            o Clear purpose with detailed development, supported by examples, quotations, and indirect references
            o No major errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation
            o No more than one or two minor errors, depending on length
       A B paper is EXCELLENT and will exhibit the following traits:
            o Good word choice, sentence structure, organization
            o Good maturity of thought and logic
            o Stated purpose with less development, examples, details than the superior paper
            o No major errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation
            o Few minor errors, depending on length
      A C paper is AVERAGE and will exhibit the following traits:
            o Average word choice
            o Adequate organization
            o Good sentence structure but often simple and without variety
            o Fair logic, clear enough to convey purpose
            o Average maturity of thought but lacks adequate development
            o Only one major error in grammar, spelling and punctuation and / or several minor errors
      A D paper is BELOW AVERAGE and will exhibit the following traits:
            o Poor diction, misuse of words, non-standard expressions
            o Some attempt at organization
            o Garbled, fragmented, or unclear sentence patterns
            o Little thought, resulting in poorly conceived, expressed, developed ideas
            o Serious errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and mechanics
      An F paper is INADEQUATE and, honestly, should not appear in a course such as this.
NOTE: Major errors include comma splices, lack of subject-verb agreement, lack of pronoun-antecedent agreement, unjustifiable fragment, run-on
or fused sentences, five misspelled words, and / or misuse of to, too, their, there, its, it’s, ; and / or ‘. I have also attached as an appendix to this
syllabus a copy of the rubric used on the AP exam; students will receive a copy of this rubric with each graded essay.

Attendance Expectations:
         I am a firm believer that you must attend class to truly develop your skills and understanding; there is no replacement for the discussions
we will have and the activities we will do in order to strengthen your abilities to read critically, analyze and discuss literature. Please pay close
attention to the school’s exam exemption policy.
         Furthermore, if a student is absent on the date an assignment is due, that assignment MUST BE turned in as soon as the student returns to
school. I have often had students email an assignment to me, and that effort is much appreciated. Please be sure to contact me via email if you are
absent so that I may make you aware of assignments; there is a heavy reading and writing load in this class, and it may be incredibly difficult to
catch up if you fall behind. Please make sure you enter the correct email address (look at the spelling of my name), and if you do not hear back
from me within the day, please call the school and ask to speak with me.

Unit / Week   Primary Text(s)             Supplemental Text(s)                  Writing               Major Assignment due

Wk. 1 – 2     Course Outline              Diagnostic Test
Intro         Plato’s Allegory of the
1/21, 1/22
              “The Dream of the Rood”

1/25 – 1/29   Beowulf excerpts OR Sir     “Commonplace But Precise              In-class essay on     Power Point pres on summer
              Gawain and the Green        Language”                             summer reading 1/25   reading 1/28 & 1/29
(RC 1/28)     Knight
                                          “Reading & Writing about Lit” (16 –
Romantic                                  29)
                                          “Style, Tone, & Language” (246 –
                                          “Writing about Myth”

2/1 – 2/5     Marie de France’s Lanval    “Working Thesis & Revised             Essay 1 Rough Draft   Poetry Journal #1 due 2/5
                                          Thesis”?                              due 2/2
              Billy Collins’                                                                          Reading Journal #1 (due 2/4)
              “Introduction to Poetry”    “Revising & Editing an Essay” (29-
              Selected Romantic poems
              (Blake, Tennyson,           “What is Poetry?” (maybe)
              Wordsworth, Rosetti, the
              Brownings, Arnold, Keats,
              Shelley, Hopkins, Yeats,
              “Very Old man with
              Enormous Wings”
2/8 – 2/12    Mrs. Dalloway               “Writing about Realism”?             Essay 1 Final Draft due   Poetry Journal #2
(PR – 2/10)   “I Stand Here Ironing”      “Character” (108-112) &
                                          “Character” (1253+)
              “Story of an Hour”
                                          “Writing about Voice / Tone”
                                          “Point of View” (195-206)

2/15 – 2/19   (continue previous)         Practice AP Exam (MC)                Timed in-class essay      Poetry Journal #3
                                          “Writing about Denotation &

2/22 – 2/25   Chaucer’s Canterbury        “Setting” (149-53)                                             Poetry Journal #4
(wkdy 26)     Tales –Prologue, W of B,
              Knight                      “Writing about Imagery”
              Metaphysical Poets
              (Donne, etc)

3/1 – 3/5     “The Lottery”               “Symbol, Allegory, Allusion, Myth”   Essay 2 Rough Draft       Poetry Journal #5
                                          (896+)”                              due 3/3
(PR – 3/4)    “A Good Man is Hard to                                                                     Reading Journal #2 (due 3/1)
              Find”                       “Figures of Speech” (807-8, 818,
                                          829)                                                           Performances of Adaptations
              Swift’s A Modest Proposal                                                                  3/2

              “Barn Burning”

3/8 – 3/12    Hamlet (class)              “Understanding Drama” (1120+)        Essay 2 Final Draft       Poetry Journal #6
                                                                               due 3/8
Drama          MacBeth, King Lear,        “Plot & Conflict” (73-6)
              Taming of the Shrew,
              Twelfth Night, OR A
              Midsummer Night’s Dream
3/15 – 3/19   (continue drama)             Practice AP Exam (MC)                Timed in-class essay   Poetry Journal #7
              Sonnets                      “Writing a Paraphrase”                                      Performances of Adaptations
                                                                                                       3/18 OR 3/22
                                           “Form” (862-5, 870, 874, 876)

3/22 – 3/26   Invisible Man                “Theme” (1617+) “Theme” (343-8)                             Poetry Journal #8
End of GP     “Everyday Use”
Spring        Spring Break                 Spring Break                         Spring Break           Spring Break
Break 3/29
– 4/5

4/6 – 4/9     Wrap-up Invisible Man        “Defining Poetry” (667-8)                                   Poetry Journal #9
(RC 4/7)      Fences                       “Recognizing Kinds of Poetry” (671                          Reading Journal #3 (due 4/8)
                                           – 3)
              Selected poems - Brooks,
              Hughes, Giovanni, Burns,     “Open Form” (879)
              WC Williams, McKay,
              Wright, Cullen, Angelou,

4/12 – 4/16   Wrap-up Fences               “Sound” (834, 845, 849)              Essay 3 Rough Draft    Poetry Journal #10
                                                                                due 4/14
              The Bell Jar

4/19 – 4/23   Wrap-up The Bell Jar         Practice AP Exam (both?)             Essay 3 Final Draft    Poetry Journal #11
                                                                                due 4/19
              Selected poems –
              Dickinson, Plath, Collins,                                        Timed in-class essay
              Rich, Thomas, Owen, Joel,
              Cummings, Roethke,                                         (4/23)
              Pound, Dunbar
              “Harrison Bergeron”

4/26 – 4/30   The Heart of Darkness OR   Practice AP Exam (MC)                                 Poetry Journal #12
              Catch-up / Review
(PR – 4/26)

5/3 – 5/7     Catch-up / Review          Review Strategies for AP Exam                         Reading journal #4 (due 5/3)
AP Lit
EXAM 5/6
5/10 – 5/14   The Kite Runner / 1000                                                           Poetry Journal #13
              Splendid Suns
AP Lang
EXAM          Persepolis
5/17 – 5/21   Wrap-up The Kite Runner / Review poetry                    Essay 4 Rough Draft   Poetry Journal #14
              1000 Splendid Suns                                         due 5/18
(PR – 5/17)

5/24 – 5/28   PBL – A Question of        Poetry Recitations              Essay 4 Final Draft   Reading journal #5 (due 5/27)
              Censorship                                                 due 5/24

5/31 – 6/4                               EXAMS beg. 6/4                                        Power Point pres on PBL 6/2 &

6/7 – 6/9                                EXAMS

To top