Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Instructor:
This Advanced Placement English Language course includes the study of rhetoric in conjunction with exposition, analysis, and argument. In accordance with College Board’s 2008 AP English Course Description, this course teaches “students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as Modern Language Association (MLA).” Students analyze both fiction and non-fiction from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. They write sixteen in-class essays, three out-of-class analysis papers, and three out-of-class persuasive arguments with attribution. Most of the rough drafts on the out-of-class persuasive papers are begun in class, and the students go through at least two rewrites and peer editing before taking the essays home and typing the final copies. Using a class set of Glencoe’s eleventh grade edition of Grammar and Language Workbook, students refresh themselves in the proper use of American Standard English. Visual argumentation is used from 5 Steps to a 5 and from The Bedford Reader. Students are required to put forth many hours of study and preparation since development of reading, writing and vocabulary is both extensive and intensive.
• Homework will be given on a regular basis, and it will consist mainly of reading and studying. • There will be frequent quizzes on assigned reading.
• Students should expect tests over each major unit.
• Students should expect to complete 1-3 outside projects per 9 weeks. • The school issues progress reports every 4 ½ weeks. The first 9 weeks grade is averaged with the second 9 weeks grade in order to compute the final grade. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. The best way to contact me is by email. I will do my best to respond to all emails within 24-48 hours. • Cheating in any way will NOT be tolerated. A grade of 0 will be assigned for any assignment on which a student has cheated. This includes plagiarism. All East Coweta Plagiarism policies apply. See Handbook. • Late Work: We do not accept any late work. Work is late when a student cannot produce it when we call for it. Students will not be allowed to leave class in order to retrieve work from a locker, friend, car, etc. Students will not be allowed to call home to have someone bring in his or her homework. • Makeup Work: Makeup work is the sole responsibility of the student. Students should see me before or after school to receive makeup work. There will be no class time to discuss makeup work for individual students. IF A STUDENT IS PRESENT THE DAY AN ASSIGNMENT IS MADE, BUT ABSENT WHEN IT IS DUE, THE STUDENT WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO TURN IN THE ASSIGNMENT ON THE DAY HE RETURNS TO CLASS. IF A STUDENT IS PRESENT THE DAY A TEST IS ANNOUNCED, BUT ABSENT THE DAY BEFORE THE TEST, THE STUDENT WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TEST. Makeup tests may differ from the original test and will be required to be made up during a predetermined time set by the teachers. Students are encouraged to email us to get assignments when they are absent. • Grading Policy: All assignments will be graded on a point system. Each assignment will have a point value. In order to determine the grade, simply divide the points earned by the points available. Please consider all returned work as a constant “progress report.” Students may see us before or after school if they have questions regarding their grade. There will be no class time to discuss individual grades.
FIRST NINE WEEKS
The first day of school, students turn in their summer writing assignment:...
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