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AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
I. Course Description:
Focusing on a chronological study of American literature, students will develop an understanding of the importance of various periods of literature that characterize and reflect the American experience. They will read, interpret, analyze, and apply knowledge of the structures, themes, and elements of American fiction and nonfiction. Examining letters, journals, diaries, and speeches, students will trace the history of the development of American literature. They will also consider the influence of mythical and classical texts on American authors. Through extensive reading, students will acquire new vocabulary specific to the study of American literature and apply that knowledge in their writing. Writing is one of our most rigorous intellectual activities and an integral part of our curriculum.
II. Expectations: Students are expected to have the appropriate materials, arrive promptly, and behave in a respectful manner towards teacher and fellow students. Participation and active engagement is expected in this class.
Daily work/Homework /Quizzes – 50%
Benchmarks/Test/Projects – 50%
IV. Homework & Late Work:
Homework: Homework will be due at the beginning of the next day’s class period.
Late Work: Any work turned in one day late will have 15 points deducted, meaning the highest grade possible on an assignment is an 85. The second day late results in a 30 point deduction. The third day the highest you can make is a 50. On the fourth day it is a zero. This reflects the English Department’s grading policy.
Late work is only accepted during the grading period it was assigned in.
Makeup Work: If you are absent from a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to meet with your teacher after school to get missing assignments and copy any notes you have missed.
V. Required Materials
A composition book and notebook paper for this course. You must bring a pen or pencil to class every day.
>>Novels read in class may include but are not limited to:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
DHS offers Lighted Windows, Open Doors every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. There will be an English teacher available during these times for student needs.
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