AP English Language and Composition
Pigeon Forge High School Spring 2020
Mrs. Lydia Huskey
Course Overview (adapted from: AP English Language and Composition Course Description):
The goal and purpose of AP English Language and Composition are to help students “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their profession and personal lives.” The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP Language and Composition Course Description.
In the course of the semester, students will:
- Analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
- Apply effective rhetorical strategies and techniques in their own writing;
- Create and sustain arguments based on readings, visual texts, research, and/or personal experience;
- Demonstrate mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings, using a variety of sentence structures and effective vocabulary;
- Produce compositions that introduce a thesis supported with appropriate evidence, cogent commentary, and clear transitions;
- Evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers and speeches;
- Demonstrate understanding of the components of citations, endnotes, and footnotes;
- Participate fully in all phases of the writing process for the media review, rhetorical analysis, and researched definition synthesis including prewriting, drafting, peer and student-teacher conferencing, revising, and editing.
Keep in mind that you are expected to behave as if you are in a college class.
- Check the Google classroom daily.
- All assignments will be posted on the Google classroom; therefore if you miss class for any reason, you will be expected to keep up with the work. If school is cancelled due to snow, flood, etc., assignments will be posted on the classroom. You will be directed to download or locate class material from the classroom. Failure to download materials, complete handouts, or read the information posted will result in a zero on any and all assignments. These cannot be made up. Whether we miss school for weather or students miss for illness, the AP Exam date will not change. It is imperative that we stay on schedule.
- Read daily.
- Students will have assigned reading each night from the text and will be quizzed over vocabulary and reading. Keep in mind: Failure to read assigned readings…usually results in a failing grade and failure on the AP exam.
- Raise hand if you have a question.
- Have all work and projects ready to turn in at the beginning of class.
- Late work will receive a significant grade deduction.
- Make good choices, which include:
- Showing respect to all staff, students and visitors.
- Paying attention to what is going on in the classroom.
- Obeying all school rules and policies.
- Speaking at appropriate times using appropriate language.
- Individual issues will not be discussed in an open forum, please hold those questions until after class.
- Being on time.
- Coming to class prepared.
- Obeying the Code of Conduct.
- Plagiarism & cheating will result in a zero on any and all assignments. No exceptions!
- Please do not make any unnecessary interruptions when I am lecturing.
- All handouts, calendars, assignments, PowerPoint’s, and other relevant information will be posted on the Google classroom. You are responsible for checking the classroom, downloading and printing material needed if you are absent (as you would be in college). Additionally, as all slideshows will be posted, taking notes or printing the slides before the lecture in class is encouraged, as we will move quickly through the lectures.
Assignments and Absenteeism
All assignments are due on the due date. You have 5 days to make-up any missed assignments due to an absence once you return to school. Failure to make up work in the given amount of time will result in a zero on any and all assignments. If you have an unexcused absence or tardy, you will receive the point deductions as outlined in the Pigeon Forge High School Student handbook.
IF YOU are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to get the work that YOU missed.
Note: If a test, quiz, project, or written assignment was announced (see calendar) and given to you before your absence and you return on the day of the activity, you are responsible for that assignment. If you have a special situation, please talk to me.
Texts and Study Materials
Aufses, Robin Dissin, et. al. Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric, Culture. S.l.: Bedford Bks St Martin's, 2014. Print.
Barron’s: AP English Language and Composition, 5th ed., workbook.
1st Six Weeks – Rhetorical Analysis
1. Introduction to Rhetoric and AP Language
2. Rhetorical Analysis
2nd Six Weeks – Argument
3. Modes of Writing
4. American Revolutionary Era
5. The Rise of Realism
3rd Six Weeks – Synthesis, Multiple Choice, and After Test
7. Multiple Choice Boot Camp
8. Looking Forward
** I have built in extra days for review and inclement weather**
Daily 2/3 – 67%
- On-Demand FRQ Practice Essays
- Unit projects
- Independent Reading Quizzes/Activities (fiction and non-fiction)
- Unit Quizzes
- Unit Activities
- Vocabulary Notebook
- Précis Writings
- Discussion Board Posts
Test 1/3 – 33%
- Multiple choice questions
- Free response question (s)
EXAM DATE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
My email address is email@example.com
The school number is 865-774-5790. My classroom extension is 206.
Pigeon Forge High School web site: http://www.pfh.sevier.org/
Keys for Success in AP English Language and Composition
- Don’t let yourself get behind. You will have an assignment (reading or otherwise) every night, many of which will play a part in the next day’s assignment(s). If you allow yourself to get behind, it will very quickly snowball. Constant absences will also play a factor in being able to keep up with the rigorous curriculum and pace. A planner or calendar will help you keep up with assignments, especially the semester-long projects.
- Take notes & date them. Put them in your own words. Leave some blank space on each page to make some additions and clarification. It is very important to review your notes each day while they are fresh in your mind. Expand them, clarify them, and add examples so they will make sense when you go back to study from them later.
- Learn to read more effectively. You can read more effectively by doing the following:
- Read actively; don’t just look at each word. If you spend a half hour reading but are unable to recall anything you just read, you have wasted your time.
- Preview each text quickly before you begin and review material frequently. Pause at the end of paragraph and try to summarize mentally, in your own words what you read.
- Don’t ignore pictures, diagrams, tables, and sidebars in your textbook or handouts. These features serve to make the material more interesting and may include some important information.
- Form a study group. Your group will ensure that each member will be able to master the material covered in class and in the text. Each group’s ultimate goal is for each member to earn a successful score in the AP exam.
- Use the materials available to you to review and study.
AP English Language and Composition
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