Advanced Placement English Language

Maguire Fall 2016

Course Policies and Grading Procedures

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

                                                                (Source: AP Central, The College Board)

Classroom Expectations

The following are expectations that I hold for all of my students.  

Classroom Supplies

Please bring the following classroom supplies daily, unless instructed otherwise.

Communication and Support


Because this is a college course with college texts, the subject matter and discussions may be controversial in nature. Students must be prepared to have mature, sophisticated discussions about real-world, contemporary issues. If a student is uncomfortable with any texts studied, he or she should discuss opportunities for  an alternative text  with the teacher immediately. Parents are encouraged to visit the district’s Atlas online curriculum website to view a more detailed outline of the course.

Semester One will be dedicated to building critical reading and writing skills through four thematic units:

  1. Identity: Who am I as a reader and a writer?
  1. Education: To what extent do our schools serve the goals of a true education?
  1. Work: How does our work shape and influence our lives?
  1. Gender: What is the impact of the gender roles that society creates and enforces?

Semester Two will be dedicated to practicing and refining the skills learned in semester one. Students will move away from writing workshop and multi-draft pieces to timed writing.

Independent Reading:

Throughout the year, students will be expected to do independent reading, viewing and discussing that will help them deepen their contextual pools of knowledge about the world around them. Students should be watching the news, reading newspapers, and discussing current events. With each unit, I will provide lists of appropriately challenging texts from which students will choose their independent reading books.

Course Grading Procedures:

The grade will reflect performance on summative assessments such as extended writing pieces, graded discussions, research tasks, critical reading assessments, and vocabulary quizzes. For each summative assessment, students will have multiple, formative (non-graded) practice opportunities for which they will receive feedback.

Homework/Grading Philosophy and Procedure:

Cumulative Grading, Grade Reporting, and MiStar Parent/StudentConnect:

  1. Semester grades (.5 credits) are determined using Cumulative Grading.  After the first nine (9) weeks of each semester, progress reports will be distributed in Academic Advisory.  It is important to remember that nine (9) week grades are a reflection of student progress midway through the semester. Report Cards (semester grades), will be issued after 18 weeks and are the only grades that are calculated into the grade point average (GPA) and recorded on the official transcript.        
  2. MiStar is a management tool to assist students and parents in monitoring academic performance and attendance.  It is the expectation that all teachers will use MiStar gradebook and update it on a regular basis as a means to effectively communicate grades and daily attendance.
  3. Semester Final Exam=20%.

Grading Scale:  93-100=A, 90-92= A-, 87-89= B+, 83-86= B, 80-82= B-, 77-79= C+, 73-76= C, 70-72= C-, 67-69= D+, 63-66= D, 60-62= D-, 0-59= E. Grades on card marking report cards will reflect “+” and “-“ to let students/parents/guardians know if the grade is on the upper or lower end of a grade range. Grades will round at .5; for example, a student who earns 89.5% will round to an A-.

Computer and Internet Access:

Many assignments will require internet access, and class time will not always be allocated to work on these assignments. If students do not have access to the Internet at home, it is their responsibility to plan ahead to complete these assignments in the Library Media Center. Additionally, students may wish to use the resources available at the Novi Public Library. Problems with access to technology need to be brought to the teacher’s attention before the assignment is due. Papers not handed in on time due to technology issues that were not discussed with the teacher will be considered late. Students will not be permitted to go to the Library Media Center to print papers during class. All formal papers must be submitted to


I love technology and I enjoy the convenience of smart phones and other electronics. However, many students and adults are too easily distracted from their work by cell phones. This room should be considered a Yellow Light room; some electronic use is permitted. Student cell phones should be kept in a backpack or purse when electronics are not permitted.


Examples of approved electronic use might include looking up a definition, using an e-reader, taking a photo of a make-up assignment, or recording a small group discussion. Other uses may be permitted when it is deemed appropriate by the teacher. If a student uses a device inappropriately in class, it may be confiscated by the teacher until the end of the school day. Inappropriate use might include watching videos, playing games, texting, or anything that distracts the student’s focus from the business of class.

SCHOOL-WIDE PROCEDURES—For more detail, please consult the district website & the student planner.


Students are expected to be on time for all classes and attend school all day every day. Students cannot exceed 10 absences (excused + unexcused) in a semester. If a student is passing the class, but has accumulated 11 or more absences, they will receive an “NC” (no credit) for the semester grade.  

Tardy Policy: 

        A student will be considered tardy if they are not present in their assigned class when the bell signifying the start of that class period sounds. Please see the NHS tardy policy printed in the Student Handbook.


Any work that is found to be plagiarized, in part or in whole, will not receive credit. Parents and administration will be notified. See NHS Student Handbook policy.


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