Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Curriculum

Still for previous year. The new syllabus will be up around Labor Day.


Course: Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Teacher: Mr. Kendall

Course Length: Full year Course Credit: one credit

Course Description:
A. P. Writing requires students to write non-fiction essays in all the modes of discourse, to organize, draft and revise an essay under pressure, and to read widely and deeply in all the genres of American and English Literature.

Texts and Materials:
Anthology of Fiction, Kennedy (kept from 10th grade)
Hamlet, Shakespeare
Huckleberry Finn, Twain
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell
Norton Anthology of Non-Fiction, (9th edition), Peterson and Hartman, editors
Pride and Prejudice, Austen
Song of Solomon, Morrison
Writing Well, Hall and Bikerts

Course Content:
Hamlet, Shakespeare
Half a dozen thematic units of 12-15 short stories and 25-30 non-fiction pieces
Huckleberry Finn, Twain
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell
Pride and Prejudice, Austen
Song of Solomon, Morrison
Six units on writing style and mechanics from Writing Well

Course Requirements

  1. To understand the concerns of largely American and British writers, with some additional European authors, in relation to social, political, and economic conditions of major time periods in our history
  2. To develop skills in literary analysis by reading the text closely and responding to the material through informal writing, periodic quizzes, class discussion, and essay tests
  3. To cover the fundamentals of writing good expository essays using logic, evidence and style, through the use of Hall's Writing Well and periodic outside-of-class writing assignments and to cultivate strong individual styles of writing with variations on the basic styles offered
  4. To review and to reinforce grammatical and usage skills through a skills summary ("The RPS Style Sheet") and correction of errors on final drafts of essays
  5. To develop a variety of writer feedback outlets, such as peer editing and small group discussion, as well as individual help from the teacher
  6. To increase vocabulary by examining words from great works in their original contexts and using them in regular quizzes and classroom writing
  7. To become comfortable with the written word on a personal and informal basis through regular journals and to develop a natural, individual "voice" on paper
  8. To examine universal themes such as love, identity, and family, as expressed through various genres (especially short stories, essays and poetry) in different ages and cultures
  9. To prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test in May

Monthly Progression of Syllabus

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