2012-2013 AP Lang and Comp Syllabus

2012-2013 AP Lang and Comp Syllabus - AP English Language...

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AP English – Language and Composition 2012-2013 with Mr. Munson ([email protected]) Welcome to AP English! This year we will focus on two questions: 1) What is persuasive writing? 2) How do I improve my writing? Through rigorous reading assignments, challenging essays, class discussion, presentations, projects, and (gasp!) quizzes, we will prepare for the SOL and the AP Exam. In doing so, we will lay the groundwork for future success. And if we’re lucky-just maybe—we’ll actually enjoy it (at least that’s the goal). The Texts You are expected to acquire your own copy of each of our texts. To help you, I will post some of the texts, in their entirety, on Blackboard. You may print these out, purchase your own copies, or read them on your IPads or Kindles (at home). Our in- room library has some of the books available to borrow. First come, first serve. The following books are required: Thank You for Arguing – Jay Heinrichs Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer Moby Dick – Herman Melville Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass In Cold Blood – Truman Capote The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald In addition to our required texts, you are responsible for reading one book outside of class per quarter . The outside reading choices are: In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
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Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell Where Men Win Glory – John Krakauer Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua Columbine – Dave Cullen Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich Near the end of each quarter, we will have an essay based on the outside reading. Be prepared! Classroom Conduct A positive, stress-free environment is essential for learning. Please be respectful of other students and to me. Please come prepared. And please be honest. Every day you must bring: - 2 Composition Journals (one for notes and one for vocabulary). - 2 pens or pencils. - Class Reading Material - Lined paper Attendance and Late Work All assignments will be posted on Blackboard and it is up to you to stay on top of your work if you miss class. Any assignment turned in late (the next day) will be worth a maximum of 50%. On the second class day, the assignment will expire (i.e. receive a zero). If you come to school, you are expected to turn in your assignment on time. Only full-day excused absences will get extensions. Quizzes, Journals, Warmups, and Vocab Journals Expect a quiz on the previous night’s reading at any time. If you are absent, it is up to you to make up the quiz within one week. A journaling assignment may be assigned for any of our readings. Sometimes journals will be checked; other times, they will not be checked. Journal checks will be unannounced.
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Vocabulary Journals MUST be handwritten , MUST be in your journal, and will be checked every other Friday. Words must come from class reading material. Your entries must be in your journal, and must be properly formatted to receive points.
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