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    Mrs. Simon
    Sophomore Honors & SR AP Literature and Composition and Yearbook


    Course Description

    The class introduces the student to a genre-based study of world literature. The course will also include various forms of writing such as narrative essay, editorial writing, persuasive writing, character analysis and a research paper. 



    Course Objectives & Essential Outcomes


    Students will read, evaluate and use literary and informational texts at or above grade level.

    On their own, students will read and understand a variety of texts ranging from simple to complex.


    Students will write a variety of texts clearly and coherently using research collaboration and revision over varying lengths of time for a range of audiences. 

    Students will use technology to produce and publish writing and interact and collaborate with others.


    Students will demonstrate knowledge of correct grammar in writing and speech.

    Students will apply knowledge of newly learned words and phrases to reading and writing.

    Speaking and Listening

    Students will listen actively to a variety of types of presentations, interpreting and evaluating them with proficiency.

    Students will verbally present information in a variety of forms to a variety of audiences verbally, demonstrating command of formal English when appropriate.

     Required Materials:

    -fully charged iPad
    -spiral notebook with several sections
    -ample supply of loose-leaf paper
    -blue or black pens
    Grading Policy

    A  =      90-100%

                B  =      80-90%

                C  =      70-79%

                D  =      60-69%

                F  =      below 60%


    • Grades are cumulative for each semester. The grade book categories(which comprise 80% of your overall course grade) are as follows:

    Reading assessments 35%,

    Writing assessments 35%

    Language assessments 20%

    Listening and speaking assessments 10%

    • The final exam will account for 20% of the overall course grade.
    • No extra credit will be accepted.

    AP English Literature & Composition Course Description & Course Objectives/Goals:

    The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods. Reading is accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing about those works. Writing assignments emphasize the refinement of personal expression and style at a level equivalent to composition assignments at the freshman college level, and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Although critical analysis (expository, argumentation, evaluation) makes up the bulk of student writing for the course, annotation, free-writing, creative projects, and reading journals will also be incorporated. Students will be given frequent opportunities to write and revise formal, extended analysis essays/papers, in addition to many timed, in class essays.


    Revision will include: the use of a wide ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively; the incorporation of a variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination; the use of logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques to increase coherence, such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis; a balance of generalization and specific illustrative detail; the demonstration of an effective use of rhetoric, including control of tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate diction and sentence structure.


    AP English engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of works of literary merit. Authors are chosen from the AP English Course Description for the English Literature and Composition Exam or from those appearing on previous AP Literature and Composition Exams. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will appreciate the depth and dimension of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as rhetorical elements such as the figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.



    Class Schedule
    Period Times Class Name
    1st      7:45-8:40 Prep
    2nd 8:45-9:45 Sr. AP Lilt and Comp
    3rd 9:50-10:45 Yearbook
    4th 10:50-11:45 Sr. AP Lit and Comp
      6th 12:20-1:15 Soph Honors
      7th 1:20-2:15 Soph Honors