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Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Syllabus Grimsley High School2020-21Test Day~Thursday: Office Hours: 8-10 AM M-F and by appointmentJoin Class on Teams: Join Code for all classes: 65ea7luNot sure how to use teams? try this: (also at the end of this syllabus) or this videoJoin Class on Turnitin:Period 1 Class ID: 25890190Enrollment Key: goWhirliesPeriod 2 Class ID: 25890276Enrollment Key: goWhirliesPeriod 5 Class ID: 25890325Enrollment Key: goWhirliesMost student have used Turnitin in the past and it’s pretty easy to set up an account and enroll in classes. If you get stuck, though, I’ll be happy to help you out.Join codes for online AP textbook and College Board to followCourse Objectives, Overview and Expectations:Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a college-level English class offered in high school, therefore, the readings, writing, and assessments are similar to those commonly found in English classes at colleges and universities. Not only will there be a greater amount of reading and writing than most students have previously experienced, but the sophistication and maturity of language and subject matter will higher as well. During the year, we will read a variety of literature, including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and literary criticism in order to develop analytical skills. Students will complete essays and projects and will be expected to participate in class discussion regularly. Discussion and writing is an important part of developing the analytical, literary thinking necessary for this course and for the AP exam. It is imperative that students keep up with their coursework by completing the assignments on time and with care and attention to detail. As in a college class, small nightly assignments will be reduced in lieu of larger, longer assignments; therefore, time management will be important. The AP Exam:College credit is earned by passing the AP exam in May (all NC state schools grant credit for a score of 3 or higher!) Guilford County Schools even covers the cost of this exam for you! Disclaimers: but students who do not take the exam will be fined a portion of the examination fee, and students might not receive the extra GPA quality points for taking an AP course if they do not take the exam. Please note that conflicts with other exams is one of the few accepted reasons for missing the exam or taking a late exam. Typical teenager excuses (oversleeping, forgetting, traffic delays, or feeling ill without a doctor’s note) are not accepted reasons for missing an exam or taking a late exam.The score a student receives on the AP exam, however, is independent of the final grade in the class. There will be a separate, Grimsley generated final worth 20% of the final course grade during the regular exam week.Exam Breakdown:Sections:LengthTimingWeightMultiple-choice55 questions60 minutes45%Students answer questions on five prose and poetry passages covering the skills outlined belowFree-response3 questions120 minutes55%Poetry AnalysisProse Fiction AnalysisLiterary Argument (novel or play)Skills Assessed on the AP Exam:Explain the function of characterExplain the function of settingExplain the function of plot and structureExplain the function of narrator or speakerExplain the function of figurative language (including diction and imagery)Develop textually substantiated arguments and interpretations of a text348488064135“[S]he who does the work does the learning”: What you get out of this course depends on what you put into it 00“[S]he who does the work does the learning”: What you get out of this course depends on what you put into it Classroom Expectations:Have a positive work ethic: I work hard and I expect you to do the same. We learn by doing. If I’m working and you’re not, you’re not learning, which is the primary objective of your being here. In addition to respecting me and my time, respect yourself by doing everything with pride and integrity– everything you turn in should be completed in a way you can be proud of. AP/IB Academic Honesty Policy: Instances of academic malpractice will be taken very seriously. Malpractice includes the following: a. Plagiarism b. Collusion c. Duplication of work d. Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidateIf a teacher discovers evidence of student malpractice, they will first discuss the issue with the student. If evidence of malpractice is found, the following will occur: First Offense:1) The parent will be contacted, and a formal administrative write-up will occur. This write-up will serve as warning and will remain on file as documentation if any other instances of malpractice occur. 2) The teacher, parent, and student will discuss the seriousness of malpractice and the resulting effect on the class grade. (In most cases the student redoes the assignment and earns a grade of 0)Second Offense:1) The parent will be contacted, and a formal administrative write-up will occur. This write-up will result in disciplinary action.Attendance and Tardies: Discussion and class participation are an integral part of this course, therefore, attendance both physically and mentally is important. Please do your best to attend and participate in live instruction times. If you cannot make your class, attend one of the other periods or watch it later. This is a tough class and you’re going to want to keep up. If and when we return to live instruction, Grimsley tardy, bathroom, and electronics policies will be reviewed and enforced.Electronics Policy: be responsible and respectful: Online instruction is going to make using electronics during live instruction hours for entertainment and social reasons really tempting. Please use devices in conjunction with the class: use calendars on your phones, take pictures of the notes, look up terms or allusions, etc. But please refrain from social use such as texting, games, Instagram, etc. during live instruction. Likewise, please, no music during live instruction.3048846129329Check out For my MLA style guide and supplementary resources00Check out For my MLA style guide and supplementary resourcesCommunication: There is a lot of transparency in my course, but not a lot of coddling or reminders. I keep up with Canvas, calendars of upcoming assignments, and I can be contacted anytime via email, and I will reply within 24 hours. Students’ grades are their responsibility, as is knowing due dates and completing assignments correctly.Text Selection & Materials:Notebook: Students might still find it helpful to have a physical notebook to keep up, but a digital notebook is going to be key this year. Keep a folder dedicated to English so that you can keep track of your notes and assignments. Keep stuff there even after you turn it in.Electronic Resources: In conjunction with Canvas, we will be using Teams, turnitin and myap.collegeboard Important enrollment information is at the top of this document. Students must sign up for this class in Teams and Turnitin during the first week of school. More details on myAP and the online textbook will follow after the drop-add period.Novels: Students are expected to obtain their own copies of some of the novels we cover (digitally or physically). Arrangements will be made with students who are unable to obtain the required texts. Please don’t be afraid to ask!The following includes major works that we will cover in class. These units and their order are subject to change, because, you know, it’s 2020.1st Quarter: Introduction, Prose, the Function of Character and Figurative LanguageMajor Works and Units:AssessmentsIntroduction to interpretation and writingBildungsroman novel – students will read one of the following outside of class:Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison*Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides*Short Stories and prose excerpts from past AP exams, including Jamaica Kincaid, Tobias Wolff, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alice Walker, Ernest Hemmingway, Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver and moreSummer reading bibliographyCollege essay and resumeBildungsroman annotations, quizzes, discussionProject: Multimedia Characterization Presentation AP Prose essayApplying literary terms and skills (literary patterns, characterization)Portfolio check and conference for classwork2nd Quarter: Longer Fiction, Using Literature to Critique Society, the Function of Plot and SettingMajor Works and Units:AssessmentsDystopia – students will read one of the following:1984 by George Orwell* The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler*OR The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*Fences by August Wilson Applying literary terms and skills (syntax, diction, figurative language)Dystopia annotations, quizzes, and discussionFences quiz, research, and discussionProject: Dystopia in modern society AP Prose and Open response essaysPortfolio check and conference for classwork2nd Quarter Test (AP Style Multiple Choice)3rd Quarter: Shakespeare, Poetry, the Function of Speaker and StructureMajor Works and Units:AssessmentsHamlet and 12th Night by William Shakespeare Poetry: selections and excerpts from past AP exams, including Theodore Roethke, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins, Richard Wilbur, Sylvia Plath, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, William Wordsworth . . . Applying literary terms and skills (sound devices, structure, figurative language)Project: Video adaptation or Soliloquy performance (written and presentation components)AP Poetry essaysPortfolio check and conference for classworkAP Multiple Choice Test Practice4th Quarter: Review and Self-selected LiteratureMajor Works and Units:AssessmentsStudents will read one of the following outside of class (this list subject to grow and change):The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery,My Antonia by Willa Cather, Grendel by John Gardener, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz*Applying literary terms and skillsReading book talkProject: Annotated BibliographyIn class AP mock exam multiple-choiceAP open response essaysPortfolio check and conference for classwork* = texts that will be read and annotated outside of class and should be obtained by the student.Grading Policy: That classroom is best which grades least – While this won’t be a grade-free class, students in this course will have fewer grades than they are probably used to (remember, it’s modelled after a college course). The focus should be on learning and quality over quantity. Each quarter you will have:Major Assessments: 50% (Bold in the above list = test grades; projects count twice) A typical quarter:A testA project which will often include writing and presentation and count double419163585725Focus on Feedback, learning and improvement more than grades and achievement00Focus on Feedback, learning and improvement more than grades and achievement2 essaysPortfolio: 50%At the end of each quarter we will conference and look at the classwork assignments you’ve done: work on myAP, participation and discussion, annotations and quizzes, and, most importantly, your progress. To get a good grade, you just have to show that you have worked hard and learned.Breakdown of Grades:Grading Scale:Course Weighting:A (far exceeds expectations) 90-1001st quarter: 20%B (exceeds expectations) 80-892nd quarter: 20%C (meets expectations) 70-793rd quarter: 20%D (does not meet expectation) 60-694th quarter: 20%F <60Final literary research paper: 20%AP/IB Late Work Policy: (Of course it’s 2020 and it may change, but this has been the policy in AP/IB courses):First day late = 15 points offSecond day and subsequent days late = 10 more points off/dayThe assignment in question will remain a zero after 10 days. This policy is intended for nightly, short range assignments, which are rare in this class. I keep a calendar and students will be given ample notice of assignments and due dates. It is their responsibility, therefore, to plan accordingly. -19050108585Please click here to fill out the online student and parent information form. ................
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