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AP English Literature
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AP Literature Exam -- May 9, 2013
AP English and Composition i
s a college-level English Literature course. This course is designed in light of the following College Board recommendations for AP English Literature and Composition:
To promote students' imaginative abilities in reaction to literature
To help students find and explain (through discussion and writing) what is of value in literature
To give a background in the history of English literature
To prepare for college writing
To do well on the AP Exam
All AP LIterature students are expected to take the AP Lit. exam in May
Keys to AP Success:**
Time management is essential.
Self-motivation is important.
The course is paper intensive. Outside essay assignments and timed in-class essays will be given.
Computer literacy is important. We will be blogging in response to poetry and quotes.
Keep up with the reading!!!
Keep up with the work load and contribute sufficient meaning to the group's efforts.
Be willing to accept and profit from constructive criticism.
Have patience to accept a variety of answers for unresolved questions as starting points for further thinking and exploring of ideas.
Jago, Carol, et.al.
Literature & Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking.
New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2011. (Buy this book on Amazon and have it delivered BEFORE school starts!)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Heart of Darkness
Pride and Prejudice
As I Lay Dying
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Supply List: see
Senior Memory Book Assignment:
Senior Memory Boo
Compositions will be written both in class and outside of class. Students will write in-class timed essays in black ink on paper provided by the instructor. All outside essays must be submitted on a computer. Students will have to submit their essays to Turn-It-In.com and provide me with a hard copy of the paper as well. Also, students and parents will be asked to read and sign a plagiarism contract.
In-class essays will be on previously unseen texts and on texts we've read and discussed in class.
In-class multiple choice practice tests will be given throughout the year.
Essay tests will be given on texts we have read.
Independent reading assignments will be given, and student discussion groups will be graded.
Staying current with the reading is essential. Remember that the assignment listed on the syllabus for a specific day should be prepared
coming to class.
Class participation includes in-class work, homework, literature quizzes, group work, and active participation in classroom discussions.
Sets of note cards will be kept for each novel read and will count as a major grade.
Grades will be determined as percentages.
Daily grades/Participation/Quizzes/Journal Entries
Essays and Projects
Essays will be graded using the AP Rubric that is found on this page.
Just as in a college classroom, students will be held accountable for all work missed during absences. It is the student's responsibility to pursue making up all missed worked. Any graded work which a student misses must be made up within a week of his/her return to class with the exception of essays(see late work). Any work not made up within that time will result in a ZERO for that grade. If you are out sick for more than two days or something happens beyond your control, please contact me if you need more time on an assignment, and I will make the determination of an extension or not.
When a major essay is due, it must be submitted to Turn-it-in by the deadline, or the work will be considered late. Any work turned in after it is collected on the date it was due or the next day will receive a 20 pt. deduction. Any worked turned in after that will not be accepted for a grade.
Laptop Expectations (adapted from Kader, Sara B.,
The Tech-Savvy English Classroom)
1. Come to Class Prepared - Just like you would bring your writing tool and book to class everyday, you must now bring your new tool (laptop) to class each day. You must make sure it is fully charged and ready to go. Although we will not use the laptop everyday, we will use it frequently. If you know the application being used in class (i.e. edmodo), have it already opened or immediately pull it up when you get into class. This step will help save time.
2. Power Up -- If you use imovie or iphoto, the battery will be drained quicker than just typing in pages. Also, dimming the brightness will also help to preserve the battery life. Make sure to set your power display to show percentage, giving you a more accurate reading. When the percent reaches five or lower, plug your charger in to one of the designated places in the room. Be sure to use your own charger and take it with you when your are done.
3. Screens Down -- Anytime I am speaking (not giving notes) screens will be down, or anytime a classmate is presenting screens will be down. There is nothing more distracting to you or others around you than someone surfing the web. Putting the screen down will help bring attention to the task at hand.
4. Tech-Tip Notebook - I suggest that you have a notebook, document, sticky, etc., to write down skills, teacher websites, and tips that you will learn throughout the year in all of your classes. You could also include all handouts and tutorials you receive in a specific file. This reference will be useful when maximizing all programs available on your new laptop.
5. Hands Off -- If it is not yours, keep your hands off! This expectation is for any type of contact with another person's laptop; even when demonstrating to someone, make them manipulate the cursor. If you are the one moving the cursor on their computer, they miss the hand/brain connection and will be less likely to remember what you demonstrated.
6. Sound -- All laptops will be muted unless permission is granted. Bring headphones to listen to needed information during work time.
7. Camera Conversation -- Your laptop is equipped with both a digital camera and digital video recorder. With these tools, we will create a multitude of projects from footage and photos you take. There are expectations that the photos and videos taken are appropriate and in good taste. Privileges of these two tools will be revoked if used inappropriately.
8. Monitoring -- If it is not related to the task assigned, you should not be doing it during class, including e-mail, googling, etc. I expect you to do these things during your own time, not while in my class. When entering my class, please switch to my LanSchool channel. If you go off of my channel for inappropriate usage, you will lose your computer privilege for my class for the day.
9. Power Teams -- Everyone will be on different levels of expertise when using the new technology. This classroom will be one of support and understanding. Use your peers as resources, help each other, and don't be afraid to ask for help.
10. Tip --If things start acting weird on the computer, the first thing to do is restart it to see if the problem is corrected.
11. Saving -- You should be saving your work periodically. Save each draft as new with a new date. Save in the appropriate class folder to keep your life and work organized. If you would cry if something was lost, make sure to back up in other places (flashdrive, googledoc, dropbox, etc.).
12. Transporting -- Each time you leave a room make sure your computer is in its bag! No exceptions! Zip bags. Be aware of the weather. Do not leave your computer in a vehicle. If you do, allow the computer to reach room temperature before starting.
13. Using the Web -- Remember that everything that you find on the web is not free to use in your own project or activity, including pictures, music, graphics, etc. Get in the habit of assuming everything you use find is copyrighted, and always give credit to the things you use. Many authors/artists/musicians have specific guidelines for using their work, and you must follow them exactly. Some will have you post a link to the original site, while others may have you create a more formal request. If you do not follow these processes, you are plagiarizing and face the consequences.
14. E-mail tips. Don't e-mail what you wouldn't say face-to-face. Include a meaningful subject line in all e-mails. Always include contact information when e-mailing. Respect other people's time. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation still count in e-mail interactions and discussion board posting. Don't let mistakes get in the way of the meaning you are expressing.
Essay Scoring Rubric
(90-95) These are well-organized and well-written essays. With apt and specific references to the passage, they will analyze the prompt in depth and with appropriate support. While not without flaws, these papers will demonstrate an understanding of the text and a consistent control over the elements of effective composition. These writers read with perception and express their ideas with clarity and skill.
(80-85) These essays are less incisive, developed, or aptly supported than papers in the highest ranges. They deal accurately with the prompt, but they are less effective or thorough than the 8-9 essays. These essays demonstrate the writer’s ability to express ideas clearly but with less maturity and control than the better papers. Generally, essays scored a 7 present a more developed analysis and a more consistent command of the elements of effective exposition than essays scored a 6.
(75) Customarily, these essays are superficial. The writing is adequate to convey the writer’s thoughts, but these essays are typically ordinary, not as well conceived, organized or developed as upper-level papers. Often, they reveal simplistic thinking and/or immature writing.
(65-70) These lower-half essays may reflect an incomplete understanding of the passage and fail to respond adequately to part or parts of the question. The discussion may be inaccurate or unclear, and misguided or undeveloped; theses essays may paraphrase rather than analyze. The treatment is likely to be meager and unconvincing. Generally, the writing demonstrates weak control of such elements as diction, organization, syntax, or grammar. These essays typically contain recurrent stylistic flaws and lack persuasive evidence from the text. Any essay that does not address the prompt can receive no higher than a 4.
(55-60) These essays compound the weaknesses of the papers in the 3-4 range. They seriously misread the passage or fail to respond to the question. Frequently, they are unacceptably brief. Often poorly written on several counts, these essays may contain many distracting errors in grammar and mechanics. Although some attempt may have been made to answer the question, the writer’s views typically are presented as plot summary or are a response with no more than a reference to the task.
In an AP class, there should be no need for classroom rules. I ask that you work hard since this is a college-level course. You must come to class prepared since this class' pace is accelerated and genuine learning cannot come from last minute studying, reading, nor writing. You must behave in a mature manner having a positive attitude toward school and learning activities. You must observe the rules of not talking while someone else is talking or during SSR. You MUST KEEP UP WITH YOUR READING!! I cannot emphasize this enough for this class and for all of your classes.
Students and Parents, my email address is
Please feel free to email me if you need to contact me for any reason.
*After you and your parents have read this course description, please have your parents email me at the above address affirming that they have read it. Thanks.
I look forward to this year and working with you.
"We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are." --Harold Bloom
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