Eng 12 AP Syllabus

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Syllabus

Fall 2008
Ms. Mazzaferro
Course Description:
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a rigorous course designed to teach students to read, analyze and write at the college level.  Students are exposed to a wide range of poetry and prose throughout the duration of the course and study the pieces for the usage of literary elements as a way to affect meaning.  Paired with the study of each piece of literature are writing assignments designed to help students understand the literature at a deep and analytical level and prepare for the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.  In order to reach success, students must fully participate in reading, writing, critical thinking, discussions, projects and presentations throughout the year.  

Overarching Themes:
The following themes will be examined and discussed throughout the year as each piece of literature is read:
The Human Condition- Who are we?  What essential characteristics are present in all humans, regardless of race, age, gender, religion, education, sexual orientation, class, geographic location?  What experiences do all humans share?
Transitions- What are transitions?  How do they affect people and influence the direction of lives?  To what extent are our transitions determined by nature, the world around us, or ourselves?

This list is subject to change by instructor:
•    The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 7th edition, Boston: Bedford/St. Martins
•    Sophocles.  The Oedipus Cycle.
•    Shakespeare, William.  Hamlet.
•    Wilde, Oscar.  The Importance of Being Earnest.
•    Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God.
•    Hansberry, Loraine.  A Raisin in the Sun.
•    Camus, Albert.  The Stranger.    
•    Salinger, J.D.  The Catcher in the Rye.
•    Allende, Isabel.  Of Love and Shadows.

Daily Materials:  
Every day students must have the following:
•    the required textbooks/novels (covered)
•    binder (containing this syllabus at the front)
•    college-ruled paper
•    blue or black ink pens
•    highlighters
•    post-its
Respect:  Students will treat one another and the instructor with respect.  Lively discussion and respect of a variety of opinions are vital to individual success in this course.  Students will treat the classroom as a safe space.
Try:  Students will try and put forth their best effort on every activity.  Intellectual growth is possible when effort is employed.  Students will come in for tutoring and extra help as needed.
No Excuses:  Students will not make excuses when they do not have work or are not prepared for class.  Students will take responsibility for their own education.

Drop Policy:
A student will only be allowed to drop the AP Literature class for one of the two following reasons:
1) He/she has a meeting with Ms. Mazzaferro, the counselor and the parent wherein all parties agree that the reason for dropping the class is valid.
2) The instructor has a justifiable request for removal of the student from the course.

Writing Expectations:  
Students will write on a daily basis in order to prepare for discussions, express thoughts, demonstrate understanding of concepts, and show mastery of texts.  They will be exposed to the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition test through the study of student model papers and will also write timed responses to AP prompts, reflect upon their essays, and revise accordingly in order to prepare for the AP exam.  All essays (with the exception of the Senior Project research paper) will be scored on the 9 point AP rubric.  Through the repeated exposure to and study of the AP rubric, students will learn what is expected of them on the writing portion of the AP exam.  

Process Papers:
In some instances, students will write process papers.  For process papers, students must meet the following requirements:
•    All written assignments must include prewriting information, drafts, revisions, and a final copy
•    All first drafts of essays must be handwritten, and all subsequent drafts must be typed
•    Process papers are to be typed using MLA format to receive credit  
•    Each draft is considered a major assignment, so each student must complete all drafts assigned prior to writing the next draft
•    Submitting a final draft on which there is little or no revision means you will not receive a grade for the final draft
•    All sources must be cited in MLA format, and all sources must be printed and the hard copy attached to the final paper

Senior Project:  
Students will receive support for their Senior Project in this class.  All guidelines and deadlines put forth in the Senior Project Handbook and the Senior Project Addendum will be followed.  The Senior Project is a separate graduation requirement, but will have an impact on the AP Literature and Composition class grade.
Project Presentations:  
In order to receive credit for projects, students must complete all of the project work prior to the presentation.  If the student does not complete all of the required project work, they will not be allowed to give the presentation.  Failure to give a presentation results in a grade of a zero for the entire project.  

Calendar Policy:  
Enclosed in this packet is an outline of the Semester Overview.  During each unit, students will receive homework calendars.  These calendars will include the daily reading assignments, as well as test dates and major project and paper dates.  The students are expected to record any additional information for the class on the calendar, including the daily homework assignments.  The calendars are due with a parent signature on the last day of the unit, and the students will receive the next calendar the following day.

Make-Up Policy:  
It is imperative to keep up with work in this intensive class, so if you are aware you are going to be absent, please pick up work ahead of time.  It is expected that you will email me or call me if you will be unable to attend school so you do not fall as far behind.  Reading assignments should also be completed if you are unable to attend class so you are prepared to rejoin the class discussions when you return.  All reading assignments are listed on the unit calendars.  It is the responsibility of the student to get make-up assignments for EXCUSED absences.  In order to receive make-up work, you must have an excused absence.  A student has two days for every day they missed due to an excused absence to make up the missing work.  THIS MAKE-UP POLICY ALSO INCLUDES TESTS.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the calendar and meet with the instructor on the day of return to pick up the make-up work.  The make-up work is due at the beginning of the class period on the due date and must be handed to the instructor.

Late Policy:      
General Policy:  A late assignment is ANY assignment that is not complete and ready to be graded on the required date.  COMPUTER OR PRINTER MALFUNCTIONS ARE NOT EXCUSES FOR LATE WORK.  The instructor may be called if any questions or problems arise.  
Major Assignments:  All major assignments (i.e. papers, projects) are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.  All major assignments are announced well in advance of the due date, and in the event of illness, medical appointments, field trips, or family vacations, the student must make arrangements for the work to be turned in on time.  If the assignment is turned in later than required on the date due or is turned in one day late, the assignment will be docked 50% off of the points possible and then graded.  It will not be accepted for points after that date.
Daily Assignments:  The major assignments policy does not apply to daily assignments like homework or in-class writing.  ABSOLUTELY NO HOMEWORK OR DAILY WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DUE DATE.  Students will receive one homework pass at the beginning of the semester which allows them to turn one homework or daily assignment in one day late for full credit.  There will be opportunities throughout the semester to earn rewards such as additional homework passes.  In the case of field trips, school activities, or conflict management responsibilities, homework must be turned in the day before or on the date due.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her work is turned in on time.  

Test/Paper Policy:  
There is a twenty-four hour “cooling off” period after tests or papers are returned.  This means that students must wait twenty-four hours after receiving graded tests or papers back and review the grade on their own before speaking with the instructor.  After this period, students are free to meet with the instructor AFTER SCHOOL BY APPOINTMENT to discuss any comments, questions, or concerns.  INDIVIDUAL GRADES WILL NOT BE DISCUSSED DURING CLASS TIME.

Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism is using another person’s thoughts or expressions without citing the source.  This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, including quotes without appropriate citation, or copying a homework assignment from another student.  
Consequence for 1st Instance of Academic Dishonesty: Student will receive a zero for the assignment or test and will be referred to administration.
Consequence for 2nd Instance of Academic Dishonesty: Student will receive a two day suspension from class (students suspended from class are not allowed to make up any of the missed work) and the instructor will hold a parent-instructor-student conference.  The instructor will also recommend that the student be dropped from the AP Literature and Composition class.  

Bathroom Policy:
Students will receive two bathroom passes per semester.  Once a student has used their two passes, they will receive a ten-minute detention if they feel the need to leave class again.  Whenever students leave class, they must sign out on the clipboard and sign in when they return.

Tardy Policy:  
Class begins when the bell rings, which means that students are IN THEIR SEATS WITH THEIR MATERIALS OUT AND READY TO WORK.  Tardy students should enter the room quietly, take their seats, and begin working on the assignment.  IF A STUDENT IS MORE THAN TWO MINUTES TARDY, THE WORK DUE ON THAT DAY IS CONSIDERED LATE.  The school tardy/detention policy will be followed.

Detention Policy:  
Detentions will be served on Fridays after school unless the instructor chooses another time.  Detentions will be assigned for reasons deemed appropriate by the instructor (i.e. no book in class, inappropriate behavior, etc.) or by school policy (i.e. tardy policy).

Dismissal Policy:
The instructor, not the bell, will dismiss students.  The class will not be dismissed until the room is clean and checked by the instructor.
Textbook Policy:  
Students will need their textbooks every day unless otherwise instructed by the instructor.  The students will be told in advance when they will need to bring their novels.  All textbooks must be covered in order to reduce damage.  Students will receive detention if they do not have their books during a book check.  Book checks are done randomly at the discretion of the instructor.

Tutoring is available for those students who need it or wish to meet with the instructor at the following times:
•    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday- 2:30 to 3:30.  To ensure that the instructor is able to meet with you, please arrive no later than 2:40.
•    Monday-Friday: At lunch by appointment only
You must sign in whenever you come in to conference or work with the instructor.  If you need additional tutoring, please set up a time with the instructor in advance.

Grade Printouts:  
Grade printouts will be given to students approximately twice a month and should be signed by a parent/guardian and returned the following day.  

Grades are not rounded in this class.    
90%-100%      A
80%-89.9%     B
70%-79.9%     C
60%-69.9%     D
59.9% or less  F    The grading breakdown is as follows:
40% Exams/Quizzes
30% Formal Writing Assignments/Projects
20% Homework/Classwork
10% Participation
100% Total

Emergency Help:  
If you have a question about your homework or need help with an assignment, you may call me.  If I am not available, please leave the following message:

“Hello Ms. Mazzaferro.  This is ______________________________ and I am calling because I need help with the ______________________________ assignment.  You can call me back until ____:______ this evening at the following phone number: _(____)_______________.  Thank you.”

You do not need to call me more than once, and do not call after 9:00 pm.  Failure to leave an appropriate message tells me that you do not seriously need my assistance.  This number is only for homework or assignment related help.  

Extra Credit:  
Extra credit is a privilege, not a right.  Opportunities will be determined by the instructor and will be in conjunction with all other assignments, if at all applicable.  Extra credit WILL NOT be offered during the last week of the term.  If a student comes in for extra tutoring help throughout the semester (not just once or twice), he/she may receive extra points toward his/her final grade.  
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
Semester Overview
Fall 2008

The following outline is a TENTATIVE schedule for the first semester and is subject to change by instructor.  The schedule for the second semester will be given to students after the October break.

•    Introduction to AP Course
•    Foundation of Literary Devices
o    Study narrative techniques, including the following: plot/conflict, character, characterization, setting, initial incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, theme and style, as well as point of view, symbolism, tone, diction, irony, foreshadowing, allusion, figurative language, flashback, imagery and syntax    
o    Focus on short stories as a way to analyze and understand aforementioned narrative devices
•    Poetry
o    Study literary devices as they are used in poetry, starting with the identification of devices and ending with the analysis of the way in which the devices are used to give meaning to the poetry
o    Understand the difference between connote and denote
•    The Greeks and Classical Antiquity
o    Review the Greek Creation Myth of Mankind and compare it to the Christian Creation Myth of Mankind
•    Introduction of allusions
o    Oedipus the King
•    Review elements of fiction, the tragic hero, and the hero’s journey
o    “Jocasta”
•    Study point of view                    
•    Rhetoric
o    How do stylistic devices illuminate language?
•    The Renaissance
o    Lecture on the rise of the Renaissance, vertical relations vs. horizontal relations, the Elizabethan World View
o    Hamlet    
•    Theme, allusions, stylistic devices
•    Final Exam
o    Review all units of study, specifically focusing on literary devices as they are used in prose (short stories and novels) and poetry.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Contract
Fall 2008

Read the following contract carefully before signing:

I, _________________________________________________¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬____________, fully understand the dynamics and expectations of the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition class and plan to perform to the best of my ability to fulfill the requirements of the course, up to and including the following:

• Completion of the summer assignments
• Completion of the readings assigned outside of class, homework and research
• Keeping parents/guardians informed and actively participating in the educational
   process occurring in the AP Literature and Composition class
• Putting forth your best effort to improve your intellectual growth and development
• Submission of all work in a timely fashion
• Obtaining a parent signature along with yours on this contract
• Complying with the drop policy listed in the course syllabus or the justifiable request
   by the instructor for removal from the course.
• Attending scheduled meetings
• Attending scheduled review sessions in the spring to prepare for the AP Literature
   and Composition exam
• Taking the AP Literature and Composition exam (given in May)