AP Literature and Composition
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
GOALS: We will strive to
communicate ideas powerfully and with clarity
read a variety of world authors
read critically and to be alert to the resources of language authors employ
participate in class discussions based on reading assignments and research projects
prepare for college English courses by honing analysis, writing, research, presentation, and participation skills
MAJOR WORKS: We will select from the following—
Short fiction from The Bedford Reader & other sources Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy King Lear by William Shakespeare
The Awakening by Kate Chopin The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Othello by William Shakespeare
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken
Fences by August Wilson The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
CANVAS/MS. HENRY’S WEBSITE: I use Canvas extensively. Students should check nightly for work, upcoming assessments, etc.
GRADES: I calculate grades on a total point system. Each assessment will be given a point value based on its content and the time and effort required to complete it. Tests and essays will count the most (usually around 100 points); quizzes and homework will count less (quizzes are usually between 25 and 50 points, and homework between 5 and 25 points). Keep track of your grades throughout each quarter and check the portal regularly. If you’d like to use a grade calculation sheet to keep track of your grades and running average, you can print one.
Homework: Homework is important and should be taken seriously and completed to the best of each student’s ability. I expect you to complete all assignments, including reading assignments, on time. All written homework must be finished, printed out (if applicable), and stapled by the beginning of the class during which it is due. I do not accept late homework unless a student has an excused absence and makes the work up promptly. If a student does not have homework when I check/collect it, the student will receive a zero.
MAKEUP Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and in-class essays missed because of LEGAL absence should be made up within a week. (Those missed because of an illegal absence will receive a zero.) After one week, quizzes, tests, and in-class essays that have not been made up will be averaged into quarter grade as zeroes. Zeroes will VERY negatively affect your average. Stay on top of your work. When you are absent, please e-mail me and get your work made up ASAP.
ESSAYS: MOST essays will be scored on the A.P. Literature Essay Grading Scale (see below).
A.P. LITERATURE ESSAY GRADING SCALE:
All essay grades 1-9 have the following standard grade equivalents:
8— 953—70Mandatory Rewrite
5— 80 Borderline AP Credit0—Let’s not have any of these. ?
Any student scoring 3 or below must rewrite his/her essay.
Any student scoring 7 or below may rewrite his/her essay.
All rewrites require a scheduled conference with the teacher.
Any rewritten essay must be turned in with