• 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. 
    Independent Readings
    Students will need to purchase the novels for this class.  During the summer students will read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and we will use this memoir to begin the class.  Throughout the year we will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Students are responsible for purchasing these books (I recommend from used books stores or former students) or checking out a copy from a library. Students will be issued a textbook and will also be required to print some materials from my website.
    Supplies for Class

    Students will need the following supplies for class:

    • 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper
    • highlighters
    • post-it notes
    • blue/black pens & pencils
    • Flash drive
    • 1 portfolio folder with inside pockets (to be left in class)


    Grading Policy

    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.