Syllabus

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REQUIRED TEXTS

  • American Literature by Prentice Hall/Pearson 2010 Edition
  • 5 Steps to a 5 AP English Language and Composition 2011-2012
  • AP English Language and Composition Crash Course by Dawn Hogue
  • AP English Language and Composition flash cards by Cliff Notes
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AND INFORMATION

  • Supplies – Notebook or 3 Ring Binder with dividers, black or blue ink pens, red pen, highlighter, and paper. These materials plus the books highlighted above are due in class on Wednesday September 1, 2011.
  • All assignments must be either typed or completed in black or blue ink. Assignments in any other type of ink will be returned and asked to be redone for a lower grade.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AP Language and Composition is a class organized around American Literature and a writing program to give eleventh grade students an opportunity to prepare for the AP test which will take place in May 2012. Students are required to think creatively and critically, while reading a combination of literary texts. In addition to preparing students for college work, the scope and sequence of the course centers on the strands of the English-Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools adopted by the California State Board of Education.

AP TEST

The AP test is offered for this class in May of 2012. The test consists of both multiple choice questions and essays. Each student is required to take the test unless the teacher recommends, in April, that they should not take the test. You can apply for fee waivers and reductions through Mrs. Mishler or the counseling office, but this must be done before the beginning of March.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism and other forms of cheating on any assignment will not be tolerated; students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive an "F" on the assignment. Any further violations will result in detention as well as an “F” on the assignment. Students are required to have notes and outlines for all assignments in order to create a “paper trail” which proves the work and ideas are their own. Students’ work without this “paper trail” will be considered suspect. Students’ are required to site all sources that are used for the assignments. Proper form for these citations will be discussed.

GRADING

The final grade for this course is calculated on a weighted scale. Major writing assignments including the weekly blog posts will account for 40% of the grade. Tests, Quizzes, and Projects will account for 40% of the grade, while participation, forum posts, homework, and classwork will account for the last 20% of the students overall grade. The school weighs the final exam in January and June separately at 20%. Each student will receive a letter grade after calculations are complete.

Exams and quizzes utilize a variety of evaluation methods, but focus primarily on writing. Students will be expected to compose their answers in paragraph form, with a topic sentence, strong body of evidence, and conclusion, with a minimal number of grammar and spelling errors. Students are also expected to keep a detailed binder with all class notes and handouts.

ABSENCES

In the event that a student has an excused absence, it is the student's responsibility to get the missed notes and assignments. Students are responsible for all assignments given in their absence and this work will be due on the regularly scheduled day. Late work will not be accepted unless there is an excused absence. A missed test or quiz may result in a make-up if the absence is excused. A test or quiz must be made up within one week or it will result in a zero for a grade. Any student who misses two or more tests or quizzes loses the opportunity for a make up for the remainder of the semester.

HOMEWORK

Homework is considered a vital part of this course and will be assigned on a nightly basis. This is an English class, so most of the homework will consist of reading and writing assignments to prepare you for the next days lecture/lesson. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. If you fail to turn in your homework and other assignments on their due date then you will be given a warning. If this happens a second time you will receive a detention. Any further violations will be dealt with accordingly. In addition to weekly assigned readings and work, a student is expected to review the notes for class on a daily basis. Students failing to prepare for a class will notice a substantial drop in their grades on quizzes and tests. Students should check the website carefully for each week's readings and assignments.

PARTICIPATION

Class participation and discussion—as well as prompt and regular attendance—are expected, required and essential. All students in this course must contribute positively to the class. Your participation, positive or negative is part of your final grade for this course. Students who disrupt the harmony of the class by being disrespectful will be dealt with in accordance to the school rules and given an "F" for that day's participation. If there continues to be a problem, students will be dropped from the class.

CLASS WEBSITE (http://kirkmanlanguage.wikidot.com)

This website was built specifically for this class and contains reminders, blogs, forums, assignments, and other vital information to help students to better prepare for the AP test. Students will be required to join the website, post regularly to the forums, and build their own blog using blogspot.com. This is considered to be a part of your weekly homework assignments and will count as a graded assignment. Instructions on forum and blog posting expectations are listed on the website. Lessons on how to build your own blog site will be provided during lunch and after school during the first week of class.

Your continued attendance in this class is acknowledgement that you have read and understood this syllabus and you agree to abide by its conditions.

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