• Course Focus

    An AP course in English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsive civic engagment. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers' intentions and elicit readers' responses in particular situations.


    From: “English Language and Composition Course Description” http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html


          This is an elective college-level course; as a result, you will be exposed to a variety of literary works with subject matter and vocabulary geared for the more mature student.  These texts have been selected from recommended reading lists for the Advanced Placement program and appear frequently on the AP Language and Composition exam.


    Students in this course ARE EXPECTED to take the AP Language and Composition exam on May 12th.  College credit CANNOT be earned without this summative assessment. Registration will be made online by the end of October. By taking the AP exam, students are then able to exempt the final exam; otherwise, students will take a released AP exam on May 12th for their final exam grade.


    Late Work/Absences

    -          All assignments are due at the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted. In this class, major assignments (essays or other projects requiring more than one class period) may be handed in up to five days late with a 25% of penalty. 


    One of the most important skills you will take to college or the “real world” is the ability to manage your time effectively.  You will be given information that provides due dates for reading and major assignments.  Plan ahead to avoid any conflicts with other class assignments. Do NOT wait until the last minute!

    -          If you are absent, it is your responsibility to learn what was missed and to make arrangements to make up the work; arrangements should be made after (not during) class or before or after school.  If you are present when assignments and tests are announced, you will be expected to turn in the assignment the first day back at school and/or take the test on the announced date. Exceptions require prior parent contact.  You are responsible for finding out what work is assigned while you are gone and for having it ready on time.

    -          All tests are to be made up within one week of the absence.  Essay questions or alternate tests are used for some make-up tests over literature units.


    Academic Honesty

    -          Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of 0 for each student involved. Academic dishonesty involves unethical actions by a student to gain an unfair academic advantage.  Such violations include, but are not limited to, the following actions:

    1.    Plagiarism

         a.     Submitting a paper, examination, or other assignment as one’s own when any part of it was written or created by another.

         b.   Verbatim copying of portions of another’s writing without proper notation and acknowledgement of the source in an accepted scholarly format.

         c.     Paraphrasing or restating someone else’s ideas without proper acknowledgement of such text.

         d.      Falsely citing a source or attributing work to a source from which the referenced material was not obtained.

         e.     Fabricating or altering data.

    2.      Cheating

         a.      Giving/receiving/using unauthorized aid on in-class or take-home examinations.

         b.      Giving/receiving/using unauthorized aid on class work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the teacher as the basis of grading.  If approved by the teacher, group study/peer collaboration may be acceptable; students must follow teacher guidelines concerning group study/peer collaboration.

    3.  Deliberate falsification of a written or verbal statement of fact to a faculty member in order to obtain unearned

    academic credit for himself/herself or another student.

    4.     Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any school document relating to the student’s academic status.

    5.     Students will be required to submit major projects to turnitin.com to ensure originality of material.  This will require students to have an established e-mail account available for school use. 


    -          Assessment and Grading

    Assessment will involve timed and un-timed writings, objective exams, essay assignments, and oral presentations. 

    All assignments will be recorded in numerical form.  The amount of time and effort required to complete an assignment determines its weight in relation to other assignments. Course grades are computed as follows:


                            Summative: Tests/Projects/Essays/Common Assessments                       50%

                            Formative: Quizzes/In-class assignments/                                                 50%

                            Homework/District Benchmarks                                     


    AP Score/Grade Equivalency:

                            Satisfactory Scores                                 Unsatisfactory Scores


                                  6=100                                                  3=65

                                  5=90                                                    2=60

                                  4=80                                                    1=50



     Advanced Academics Grading Addendum


    Objective:  Students enrolled in advanced courses have chosen an exciting, rigorous path designed to help the student achieve graduation with robust preparation for college and more:  additionally, these courses can potentially earn the student actual college credits for successful course mastery. The grading practices presented here coincide with the collegiate-level expectations of the university courses for which students seek to earn credit and will help establish study skills and the work ethic necessary for their success. For a student to be successful in advanced academics, work must generally be completed in its entirety, to the best of a student’s ability, and on time. Though there will always be exceptions based on extenuating circumstances, these exceptions should be limited, rather than habitual. If an element is not addressed here, the district guidelines that are posted on the district website will be in effect. The elements of this addendum complement the Secondary Grading Guidelines that are posted on the district website, and they will be included as an addendum to the course syllabus for IB and AP coursework.


    Procedural Grades: Many assignments will require a certain procedure to be followed, either because it will be expected of college-level work or because that procedure ultimately helps the student understand the overall content better.  Thus, following specific assignment-based directions provided by the instructor may be factored into student grades for these assignments.


    Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is vitally important to ensure that a student is genuinely engaged in the learning process and working toward mastery of coursework.  Authentic efforts and original work completed by a student allow the teacher to accurately assess that student’s progress in the course, whereas if the student submits work that is  not authentically his/her own, the teacher  has no way to gauge the  student’s actual progress  toward mastery.


     Specifically, academic dishonesty includes forgery, cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, unauthorized use of computer translator, or unauthorized use of outside resources or other means to gain an unfair or dishonest advantage. All use of the words, graphics or ideas of other persons, whether written or oral, must be clearly acknowledged.


     Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Grades resulting from academic dishonesty may not be dropped or made up; further, student will receive an academic referral to his/her administrator, and parents will be notified. 


    • AP:  A second offense in one class equals removal from that class.  Third overall offense may result in removal from all AP classes for that academic calendar year (except for isolated classes where there is no grade-level version of the course, such as AP Calculus).


    Re-testing: Successful academic growth comes in part from the student’s keeping pace with the classroom instruction. Realizing this helps the student learn to be prepared and able to participate fully in the day’s lesson and put forth his/her best efforts on summative assessments. District grading guidelines apply, with the exception of AP and IB.   The student may have the opportunity to retest one summative assignment per nine-week/grading period. Teachers may, at their discretion, determine if extenuating circumstances warrant additional opportunities to retest on assignments, and have discretion to establish the time allotted for the student to retest.


    IB Students:  Re-testing provisions do not apply to IB-required assessments/components completed as part of the IB Diploma Program (for example, IAs, EEs, Orals, etc.).


    Make-Up Work for Absences:  Partial  Day Absence:  If a student is  present  on  campus for any portion  of the day when  an  assignment  is due,  the  student  is expected  to  turn in  the work to the  teacher that day, before  leaving or upon return to campus.  If an extenuating circumstance arises, the teacher should be notified as soon as possible.  


    Late Work


    To work toward mastery, the student benefits greatly from keeping up with the instructional pace of the course.  Turning work in on time allows the student to gain valuable and timely feedback on his/her efforts along with the rest of the class, and will enable the student to participate meaningfully in classroom activities built on the prior assignments. Simply put, late work can put a student at an academic disadvantage because he/she won’t be able to progress with the rest of the class until caught up.  It is best for the student to turn in all work on time. A student may turn work in one day late with 70% being the maximum grade possible on the late assignment.  Teachers have the discretion to extend the number of days based on extenuating circumstances.



    General Classroom Policies

    -            Supplies: 3 inch binder & notebook paper (which may remain in the classroom), pens & pencils, highlighters, small post-it notes.

    -            Routine: You will find a warm up activity on the Smart Board; I expect you to be working on this as the tardy bell rings. The only items that will be on your desk during the class period are those with which we are working; i.e., no backpacks or purses on the desk tops; these are to be stowed in the trays under the desk or hanging from the back of the desk.  Cell phones are to be off /silenced and should not be seen during the class period, or they will be taken up and turned in to the office.


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    What I expect of you:

    This class centers around the exchange of ideas, and respect must be shown to all members of the class and to the instructor.  You are to follow directions and avoid disrupting the class; whether you understand a concept already or disagree with the views of another, you are not to create noise or speak until you have been given “the floor”.  Furthermore, profanity and derogatory language will not be tolerated.



    AP English III is taught at the college level; decorum befitting a university class is therefore expected.  If you need to be redirected on a regular basis, perhaps this is not the appropriate course for you.



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    What you can expect of me:

    I will introduce you to various works of literature.

    I will introduce you to collegiate level writing and hold you to those standards.

    I will prepare you for all parts of the AP Language and Composition Exam.

    I am a tough grader…my expectations align with the College Board.

    I do have a heart and a nurturing spirit.  I hold you to high standards academically because that’s what you should expect of me and because I care about the success of my students.


    Let’s go earn your college credit!!