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AP English IV

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSE SYLLABUS

Teacher:  Randy Nantz                                                                 Email: randy.nantz@laurel.kyschools.us

Prerequisites: AP Eng. Lang./teacher approval                               High School Credit(s):  1

Course Description: AP English Literature is a course designed to replicate the experiences gained from an entry level college literature course, including literary analysis and exposure to high quality texts.  Students will be exposed to college level writing and can earn college credit by achieving a minimum score of 3 on the AP exam administered at the end of the course. 

Objectives: Students will strengthen their abilities to read critically, write analytically, and speak effectively.  Students will also sharpen their abilities to work both independently and collaboratively.

Materials Used (textbooks, software, magazines, etc.): English textbooks and anthologies, released AP test items, various writing models, various novels and plays from the AP reading list.

Grading policy:  Final drafts of portfolio will be worth 1,200 points; Major tests, 600 points; Minor tests, 300 points; Daily grades, 100 points.

AP English Literature Scoring Scale

Essay score

1st nine weeks

2nd nine weeks

3rd nine weeks

4th nine weeks

9

130

120

110

100

8

120

110

100

97

7

110

100

95

92

6

100

90

85

83

5

90

85

80

75

4

80

75

70

65

3

75

70

65

60

2

65

60

55

50

1

60

55

50

0

 

MC %*

1st nine weeks

2nd nine weeks

3rd nine weeks

4th nine weeks

60

100

 

 

 

65

 

100

 

 

70

 

 

100

 

75

 

 

 

100

 

Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests: 

  • Students are expected to be responsible for makeup work.  If you know you have a conflict or upcoming absence, please see me to work out a plan for getting the work you will miss.
  • An AP course requires considerable reading and writing.  You will be viewed as an adult, and as such, expected to complete all assignments on time.  Late work, unless previously cleared with me, or due to an excused absence, will receive a letter grade reduction.

 

Attendance Policy: Attendance is crucial to student success.  This course will follow the attendance policies approved by the CFI and Laurel County Board of Education.

Supplies (to be supplied by the student):

  • Sturdy binder, ideally with pockets or folders
  • Two pocket folder
  • Flash drive

Class Expectations (class rules):

1.  Be in seat on time.         

2.  Bring all needed materials.

3.  Turn work in on time.  It is also your responsibility to get and complete make up work.

4.  Be respectful and attentive (i.e. no cell phones, no talking while others are presenting, etc)

Course Outline/Tentative Schedule/Major Assignments:

  • 1.  Writing Process/AP exam Overview—(1 week) Students will review/practice the writing process and learn the requirements surrounding the AP exam.  Major Activities:  literary influence presentation, journal entries, vocabulary notebook, review of AP scoring.
  • 2.  Anglo-Saxon/play#1—(4 weeks) Students will read Anglo Saxon introduction and selections from Beowulf.  Students will also read a novel or play on their own.  Major Activities:  journal entries, reading circle, literary terminology review, unit essay exam, and completing project/presentation over play.
  • 3.  The Middle Ages—(4 weeks) Students will read medieval introduction, ballads, and selections from The Canterbury Tales.  Major Activities:  comparison of medieval and modern ballads, analytical essay over ballads, and Chaucer group presentation.
  • 4.  Novel or play #2—(4 weeks simultaneously with personal unit) Students will read a novel from an AP reading list (with teacher approval).  Major Activities:  analytical questions, graphic organizers, documented essay over novel.
  • 5.  Personal Writing—(4 weeks simultaneously with novel #2) Students will employ the writing process in the personal genre to produce possible entries for the senior writing portfolio.  Major Activities:  journal entries, reading/scoring student models, conferencing and completing a personal writing.           
  • 6.  Poetry and the Short Story—(5 weeks) Students will read a variety of short story and poetry selections in order to understand the common characteristics of the genres.  Major Activities:  vocabulary review, graphic organizers, paired poetry explication presentations, and analytical poetry essay.
  • 7.  The Renaissance —(6 weeks) Students will read selections of renaissance poetry (sonnets, carpe diem poetry) as well as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Hamlet.  Major Activities:  quizzes, journal entries, lost words vocabulary activity, Hamlet projects/presentations, and unit exam. 
  • 8.  Romanticism/AP Practice/Novel or play #4—(4 weeks) Students will read a variety of selections from the Restoration and Romantic periods.  Students will also continue to practice for the AP exam and read a third novel or play from the AP reading list.  Major Activities:  Group satire presentation, AP practice essays, poetry analysis, and documented essay over novel.
  • 9.  Modern Era/AP Practice/Novel or play #5—(4 weeks) Students will read works from the modern era to identify the societal themes produced in them.  Major Activities:  comparison/contrast essay and poetry analysis.  Students will also read one final novel or play before taking the AP exam.
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