Advanced Literature

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Advanced Placement Literature and Writing is a one-year senior course designed to prepare students for the rigorous freshman year at college and for the AP exam in May, which offers high school seniors the opportunity to earn college credit. It is a class devoted to the study of sophisticated works of literature and to the writing of interpretative and analytical essays about that literature.


I.         Critical Reading
A.         How to read closely
B.         How to analyze fiction
C.         How to discuss well in a group
D.         Listening skills
E.         Literary Criticism - its forms
F.         Several short stories
G.         The Metamorphosis by Kafka

II.         Drama
A.         Greek theater and our drama roots - Oedipus, the King
B.         Renaissance theater and Shakespeare - Hamlet
C.         Modern theater - A Doll's House and Death of a Salesman

III.         Poetry

A.         Diction
B.         Tone
C.         SAT analysis
D.         Figurative Language
E.         Form
F.         Sounds

IV.         The Novel
A.         1984
B.         The Great Gatsby
C.         Heart of Darkness
D.         Sula

V.         Texts
A.         The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature
B.         Vocabulary Workshop - Level H (Sadlier-Oxford)


I.         Class Participation
A.         Attendance in class is important; however, if a student must miss a class and
is excused from that class, the assigned work may be made up within 48
B.         Because much class time is spent in discussion of the works we are studying,
students cannot afford to miss class; students who are absent on the day of
a discussion are expected to get the notes from the teacher or another
C.         Students are expected to take notes whenever a lecture is given or whenever a discussion occurs; seniors need the practice taking notes since they will be
required to do so in college. The teacher will collect notes periodically;
failure to turn in good notes will result in penalties.
D.         Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up in-class
work and will be penalized for the missing work.
E.         Arrangements for taking a test missed because of an excused absence must be made immediately upon return to class.
F.         Whenever possible, students should make arrangements for missed work prior to an absence.

II.         Class Requirements
A.         All major essays are mandatory and required for credit in the class;
failure to turn in even one of them results in failure of the entire course.
B.         Late required papers lose a grade for four (4) days; after the fourth day, the
paper earns an F (but must still be turned in for credit in the class).
C.         In-class (impromptu) papers will periodically be assigned. A student may miss one of these with no penalty; however, after the first missed one, all others must be made up in order to avoid a zero for the assignment.

III.         Grading Policy
A.         Grades will be based on tests, essays, and impromptu writings.
B. Extra credit will periodically be offered any students who have completed all
previous work; extra credit is given for attending a cultural event (a highly
recommended film, a school play or musical event, a local theater event, or
an out-of-town theater event with approval from the teacher). Proof of
attendance is required; the extra credit "A" will count less than a full grade.

C. The following is my grading scale:

         A = 94 - 100        C+ = 77.5 - 79.4         F = 64.4
A-         = 89.5 - 93.9        C = 72.5 - 77.4
B+ = 87.5 - 89.4        C- = 70 - 72.4
B = 82.5 - 87.4        D+ = 67.5 - 69.9
B-         = 79.5 - 82.4        D = 64.5 - 67.4

D.         The following is the 9 point grading scale for impromptu papers only:

         9 = eloquent and keenly perceptive
         8 = keenly perceptive
         7 = very good insight
         6 = hints of good insight
         5 = ambiguous evidence of comprehension of text or task
         4 = serious deficits or misinterpretation
         3 = major thinking problems; gross inaccuracies
         2 = fails to address topic with clarity or support
         1 = no more than a reference to the task
         0 = no response or completely off topic; failure to do because of unexcused

                                9 = A
                                8 = A-
                                7 = B+
                                6 = B-
                                5 = C
                                4 = D+
                                3 = D
                                2 = D-
                                1 = F
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