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Voice Mail: 610-705-6001

  1. 1. Voice Mail: 610-705-6001 Ext. 1686 Email: lpupo@spring-ford.net Web Page: www.springford.net/staff/lpupo AP ENGLISH COURSE EXPECTATIONS Course Philosophy: 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 readers! 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 short papers.
  2. 2. 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 given. 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. Projects: 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!
  3. 3. 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! Quizzes: 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. Plagiarism: 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% Projects 5% Participation 15% Homework 5%
  4. 4. Carefully review the Course Expectations with your parents. Your signatures below indicate your willingness to comply with all requirements. Please return this portion tomorrow. Date _______________________ Printed Student Name _______________________ Student Signature _______________________ Parent/Guardian Signature _______________________

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