English 11 AP: Language and Composition
English 11 AP Language and Composition is a college level course that offers students the opportunity to earn college credit. This course will challenge students to develop complex analytical understanding of various authors' works through a close reading and rhetorical examination of non-fiction selections and American literature. The workload for this class will be substantial, and students will be expected to work independently. In order to be successful in this class, each student must commit to the time and effort this course will demand.
First semester provides you with a "tool box" for this class. We will study argumentation, fallacies, rhetorical strategies, and research processes. Each of these skills will help you as we move into deeper into the curriculum.
Students will need to purchase the novels for this class. During the first quarter we will read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I will place book orders for interested students; however, students may also purchase these books from used books stores or former students. They can use a book from the library as well. Students will be issued two textbooks and will also be required to print some materials from my website.
We will begin second semester with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Supplies for Class
Students will need the following supplies for class:
- 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper
- post-it notes
- blue/black pens & pencils
- Flash drive
- 1 portfolio folder with inside pockets (to be left in class)
The grading policy for this class is as follows:
- Major tests, projects, and essays 45%
- Quizzes 30%
- Class/Homework 25%
*I use a 7-point grading scale, and all quarter/semester averages are determined by the numeric average.