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AP ENGLISH COURSE EXPECTATIONS
Advanced Placement English is designed for highly motivated students who have
consistently earned high marks in their high school English courses. Students will
become accomplished writers and speakers. They will further develop their critical
thinking skills and be able to analyze literature, world events, and their own
environment. Students will be able to draw analogies from the world of literature
to actual events, and thus have an understanding of circumstances they have yet to
personally experience. Students will cultivate an understanding of different
cultures and life-styles through contemporary and ethnically-diverse literature as
well as through traditional classics. Finally, students will take responsibility for
their growth and learning; this course is for sophisticated and dedicated
Major Units of Study:
1. British Literature
Students will complete a study of the major periods of British literature: Anglo
Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Romantic.
2. Poetry Analysis
Students will complete a comprehensive unit on the analysis of poetry.
3. Research Paper
Students will complete an independent research paper on a literary subject.
4. Final Project
Students will complete a final project which includes reading, analyzing, and
presenting an independently read literary work to an audience.
5. Advanced Placement National Exam Practice
Throughout the course of the year, students will practice strategies for taking
the AP English literature exam.
6. Outside Reading Assignments
Students will independently read approximately 15 books throughout the course
of the year. These will be addressed in class discussions, traditional exams, and
Class Contribution and Absence:
Your presence and active contribution in each class are very important. An
essential part of your growth is your willingness to be involved and to share your
opinions and ideas. Through active participation you will gain self-confidence and
develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively. The following will be
considered when determining your class contribution score, which consists of 15%
of your grade each marking period.
Prepare for class; read, write, think!
Be 100% on task all period
Contribute cheerfully to discussions and ask relevant questions
Listen to classmates and respond respectfully
Complete all assignments, both in-class and for homework
Cooperate with others
Complete Alternate Absentee Assignments.
Take learning seriously; take responsibility for your own learning!
If a student misses class for any reason, he must complete an Alternate Absentee
Assignment. Students have until Friday the week after an absence to turn in the
Alternate Absentee Assignment. Assignments must be clearly labeled with the
date of the missed class and placed in the appropriate folder.
Reading quizzes and homework missed due to absence are NOT made up by the
student. Instead, an Alternate Absentee Assignment takes the place of missed
class time, and any reading quiz or homework assignment which might have been
Please do not ask to use any portion of our class to attend meetings or make up
work in other classes. Be on time!
Average student performance earns a C.
All projects, major assignments, and papers are due on the specified date in order
to be considered for full credit. If you are absent on the day a project, major
assignment, or paper is due, you must make arrangements for the work to be
delivered to school. (If appropriate, you may email assignments.) If it is impossible
for the work to be emailed or delivered, a parent or guardian must contact me by
leaving a message on my voice mail. (In the case of an extended illness or a family
emergency, other arrangements will obviously be made.) Late projects, major
assignments, and papers are awarded only 70% of their graded worth. All
assignments on a unit schedule fall under this guideline; turn your work in on time!
Tests and Group Presentations:
Students should make every effort to be in class on test days. If such an event is
missed for illness or an excused absence, you have three days in which to make up
the test for full credit. After three days have elapsed, the make-up will be
awarded only 70% of it’s graded worth.
Since group presentations will continue as scheduled, an alternate form of the
assignment will be given if you miss a scheduled group presentation. Your group
must go on without you, so make every attempt to inform them of your absence and
provide them with your share of the information or materials! Your make-up
assignment will not be pretty; be in class for scheduled group presentations!
A number of unannounced reading quizzes will be given each marking period.
Because these are unannounced, quiz make-ups would not be fair. However a missed
quiz will not be counted in the student’s grade. Remember, missed days must be
made up by completing an Alternate Absentee Assignment.
To plagiarize is to “take ideas, writings, etc. from another and pass them off as
one’s own” (Webster’s 1031). Plagiarism is a serious offense, and any paper, project,
or speech determined to have been plagiarized will be handled as outlined in Spring-
Ford’s Plagiarism Policy.
Marking Period Grading
Tests and Quizzes 50%
Literary Analysis Papers 25%
Carefully review the Course Expectations with your parents. Your signatures below
indicate your willingness to comply with all requirements. Please return this portion
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Student Signature _______________________
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