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PersonalNote:WelcometoSomersetAcademyCharterHighSchool.Iamlookingforwardtoasplendid, yetexigentschoolyear.Workingtogether,itcanbeaproductiveyear!

AnnotatedAPEnglishLanguage&Composition:CourseSyllabus/Expectations

Ms.PeelerRM.417dpeeler@somersetacademy.com9544420233ext.417*Themostfeasiblewaytoreachmeisviaemail

GeneralExpectationsThisisacoursestudentsmayselfselect;itisprobablethatitwaschosenspecificallyforachallengingcurriculumandpreparationforafouryearcollege.Maintainingapositivemindset,completingassignments,andbeingfullypreparedforassessmentsandquizzeswillcontributetoyoursuccessinclass.Allstudentswilltreatpeopleandpropertywithrespect,adheringtoschoolandclassroomrules.

Bringthefollowingsuppliestoclasseveryday.Noexceptions! Looseleafpaper(collegeruledpreferred)andpen Assignedbooks Freereadingbook 1.5or2inchringbinder(onlyone) 6dividers

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Areweformingchildrenwhoarecapableoflearningwhatisalreadyknownorshouldwetrytodevelopcreativeandinnovativeyoungmindscapableofdiscoveryfromthepreschoolageon,through

mailto:dpeeler@somersetacademy.com

Peeler2HomeworkVocabularyTests/QuizzesJournaling/Writings

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CourseOverviewThepurposeofthiscourseistohelpstudentsintheircollegecoursesacrossthecurriculumandintheirdevelopmentoflifeskillsprofessionallyandpersonally.ThiscourseisorganizedaccordingtotherequirementsandguidelinesofthecurrentAPEnglishCourseDescription,studentsareexpectedtoreadcritically,thinkanalytically,andcommunicateclearlybothinwritingandspeech.

APEnglishLanguageandCompositionisanenriched,collegelevelcoursethatintroduceshighlymotivatedstudentstotheelementsofargument,rhetoric,andstyle,andwhichtakesitscontentfromthecanonofAmericanLiterature.Studentsareexpectedtobeverygoodreadersandserious,developingwriters.Thereisconsiderablymorework,bothinclassandhomework,thaninother11thgradeEnglishclasses;thus,incomingstudentsarecautionedthatthecoursewillbedemandingontheirtimeandcreativeenergy.Allstudents,inthecourse,areexpectedtotaketheAPEnglishLanguageandCompositionExaminMay.

APEnglishLanguageandCompositionisskilldriven,resultinginthedevelopmentoflanguageartsskillsin:reading,writing,literaryanalysis,vocabulary,research,andoralpresentation.Thoughthereadingmaterialisrigorous,writingassignmentsarechallengingandvocabularyisaugmented,studentswilllearntoreadwithadiscriminatingeye,payingcloseattentiontothedevelopmentofrhetoric.Theywillanalyzemicroscopically,articulateclearly,andwritesuccinctly.

Textbooks Lundford,AndreaA.andJohnJ.Ruszkiewiecz.EverythingsanArgument,with

ReadingsBoston:Bedford/St.Martins. Applebee,ArthurN.etal.TheLanguageofLiterature:AmericanLiterature.

Californiaedition.Evanston,Illinois:McDougalLittell. LanguageNetwork:Grammar,Writing,Communication.Evanston,Illinois:

McDougalLittell.

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Peeler3 Thoreau,HenryDavid.Walden,CivilDisobedienceandotherreadings ChoiceReading,includingSteinbeck,John.TheGrapesofWrath;Heller,

Joseph.Catch22;Vonnegut,Kurt.SlaughterhouseFive.Novels 3wk.rdfornovels

Hawthorne,Nathaniel.TheScarletLetter,PenguinClassicsISBN01403.90197 Stephen,Crane.Maggie:Agirlofthestreets, Twain,Mark.TheAdventuresofHuckleberryFinn*noneedtopurchase Fitzgerald,F.Scott.TheGreatGatsby Chopin,Kate.TheAwakening Miller,Arthur.TheCrucible*noneedtopurchase,inthetext

MethodofEvaluation

Studentswillbeevaluatedusingthefollowingmethod: Exam 40% Quizzes 20% Classwork 20% Homework 10% Acceleratedreader 10%

HighSchool:PointScoringSystemA 90100 4.0B+ 8789 3.5B 8086 3.0C+ 7779 2.5C 7076 2.0D+ 6769 1.5D 6066 1.0F 059 0.0I Incomplete 0.0*TheexamdatefortheLanguageArtsdepartmentwillbeWends.andThurs.

PreCourseAssignmentThe Assignment!

The following assignment will be due the first Friday of the 2009-2010 school year and will count 25% of the first marking period.

I. Reading Directions: Annotate each book thoroughly (either make notes or mark your personal copy of the book to identify important events, characters, stylistic devices, recurring themes, etc.) because we will work extensively with specific details, quotes and passages.

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Peeler4Methods of annotation include the use of post-it notes, notes in margins,

symbols and abbreviations used to mark common elements and ideas, and highlighting of important passages and/or quotes. Look for examples of the following stylistic elements and address how these elements contribute to the effect of your various marked passages.

a. tone/attitude/mood the attitude of the author toward his/her subject or audience; the emotion evoked in the reader by the text.

b. diction- the author s choice of words that impact meaning; e.g., formal vs. informal, ornate vs. plain/matter of fact, simple vs. complex, etc. With diction, discuss the connotation of the words and how each word adds to meaning.

c. Figurative language/figures of speech- language that describes one thing in terms of something else ( e.g. metaphor, simile, personification, symbolism, metonymy, synecdoche, etc.)

d. Detail- concrete elements of the text relating to such matters as setting, plot character, Items would be details that contribute significantly to such elements as revealing character, establishing tone, and communicating meaning.

e. Imagery- language that creates a mental picture of some sensory experience.

f. Point of view- the vantage point from which a story or poem is told

g. Organization- how an author groups and orders his/her ideash. Irony-a discrepancy between what is said and what is meant

(verbal), between what a character thinks and what we as an audience know(dramatic), or between what a character and we as an audience expect and what actually happens (situational).

i. Syntax/sentence structure/phrasing- the way a writer orders his/her words; patterns in grammar (including the use of repetition of words, images, phrases, and the use of parallel structure), ideas, punctuation, etc.

j. Motif- a recurrent allusion, image, symbol, or theme.k. Symbol a person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself,

but has a broader meaning as well; that is, something that has both a literal and a figurative meaning.

l. Allusion- a reference to a past historical person, place, event, or literary work used for the purpose of both comparing and enhancing the idea discussed.

m. Theme- a life insight, issue, or lesson.

2. Look also for potentially symbolic objects and events, and how they add to the message(s) of the story.

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Peeler53. Characterization is essential in understanding the motivations of the major and minor characters of the novel; make special note of the physical and psychological traits of these characters-try to understand why they say what they do, why they act the way they do(understanding conflict is vital to understanding characterization and conflicts that are prevalent in this novel).

SummerAssignmentNote:Completingthisassignmentduringthesummer,willkeepyoufromhavingtofinishduringthefirstweekofschool.

AnAmericanChildhood DialecticalJournal

Adialecticaljournalisadoubleentrynotetakingprocessdonewhileyouarereadingliterature.Eachjournalpagewillbedividedinhalfvertically,andthetwocolumnsareindialoguewitheachother.Thegoalistofostercriticalreadingandencouragethehabitofreflectivequestioning.

Forthisassignmentyouwillcompletethefollowing:

1.Annotatedtext.BuyacopyofAnAmericanChildhood,byAnnieDillard,orMartinEden,byJackLondon,whichyouwillannotateasyouread.Yourannotationsareyourinteractionwiththetext.Forexample,highlightsignificantpassages.Makenotesonstyle,theme,characterization,rhetoricalstrategies,symbols,anddevelopingideas.Writedownthingsyoudoordonotunderstand,orlikeordonotlike,andbesuretoanswerwhy.Bespecific.Theannotationsformarunningcommentaryonyourreading,andyoushouldhaveannotationsoneverypage.Readtheautobiographyattwolevels.Paycloseattentiontothestorypersons,incidents,themes,ideasandattentiontoDillardsstylediction,syntax,rhetoricalstrategiesthroughwhichshetellsherobservations

2.Dialecticaljournal.Useyourannotationstodevelopthewritingofyourdialecticaljournal.Thegoalistorecordyourresponsetotheliteratureasyouread.Thelefthandcolumnwillbeissueswiththetext.Considerforthiscolumnsuchthingsassignificantorcompellingquotations,questionsthatarise,metaphoricalsubtleembellishments,intriguingpassagesorideas,andmuchmore.Besuretoincludethepagenumbersforeachentry.

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Peeler6Intherighthandcolumnrecordyourreactiontothequotations,summaries,andideasincludedinthelefthandcolumn.Foreachentryyoumadefromthetext,thereshouldbediscussiononyourpart,whichtiestheentrytoyourwiderworldofthinkingandunderstanding/universalthemes.Somepossiblereactionsincludeyourresponsetothewritingstyle,personalfeelingsincludingpleasure,surprise,anger,agreement,etc.aconnectiontosomethingyouhavereadeitherinschoolorsomewhereelse,questionsraised,andsoon.

Besuretoreadandcommentontheprologueandepilogueaspartsofthebook.

Areasonableresponsetothisassignmentwouldbeseveralentriesperchapter.Bringthesetwocompleteditemstheannotatedtext,andyourdialecticaljournaltoclassonAugust24,Mondayofthefirstweekofschool.

InaccordancewiththeCollegeBoardexpectations,thecourseincludeslessons,activities,andprojectswhichmeettheAPLanguageandCompositionCurricularRequirements,listedonthefollowingpage:

CurricularRequirementsforAPEnglishLanguageandComposition

C1TheteacherhasreadthemostrecentAPEnglishCourseDescription,availableasafreedownloadontheAPEnglishLanguageandCompositionCourseHomePage. APEnglishLanguag