Forest High School
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
The heart of the course will be literary analysis and writing. We will cover five centuries through the use of the
five genres: Novel, drama, short story, poetry, non-fiction. Group discussion will be used as well as individual
projects. Students will be expected to read, to think, to make connections and to verbalize their understanding
of a literary work. There are opportunities for formal and informal oral presentations and development
of the critical skills of thinking, listening and observing. Every week we will be completing timed writings, and
intermittently writing research papers for more in-depth projects.
The following is required for class everyday: Planner, a three-ring notebook (1 ½ inch minimum) with 5 dividers,
pens (blue or black), pencils, loose-leaf paper, and highlighters. Through EMIT classes, periods 1 & 2, students will
be donating tissues and reams of printer paper, which will be used throughout the year.
Every assignment that we will complete in this class is important. However, some assignments will demand more time,
work, and thought for you to complete. For this reason, each assignment will be weighted accordingly. The grade you
receive depends on the QUALITY of your work and your participation in class. Grades will be posted weekly. If there is
a question and/or concern about the grade, discussion will occur AFTER class, before or after school. Grades will not be
discussed during class time.
Classwork and Quizzes 50%
Tests and Projects 40%
MAKE-UP WORK POLICY
Students will be expected to make up work they have missed per Marion County Code of Conduct after returning from being
absent. It is the responsibility of the student to find out what was missed upon his/her return to school for his or her missed
work. It is also a good idea to e-mail me in order to be prepared for the next class. Depending on the circumstances, work
must be completed for unexcused absences, but the amount of credit may be reduced.
Assignments are expected to be handed in by due dates. Late assignments handed in within 24 hours of the due date will receive
MAXIMUM half credit. ***For essays/projects due dates will be strictly adhered to. THERE WILL BE NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED
FOR PROJECTS AND FORMAL ESSAYS.
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Students must ask for work in advance due to a student activity. This policy exists because students know, in advance, that they
will be missing class. Likewise, a student activity does not excuse a student from a due date. If the student will not be on campus
the date that an assignment is due, the assignment is then due before he/she leaves for the activity.
There will be many assignments over the course of the school year that students must have access to a computer with word
processing and internet beyond the classroom. To help students who do not have access to a computer at home, Forest High
School’s media center has computers available for students’ use before school and after school. Also, Marion County Libraries
have computers available for library members (free membership available). Students will be given ample
notification of essays and/or projects that require the use of a computer. As always, my lab is open around 7:45 every morning,
and will remain open after school until 3:30 (may vary at times due to meetings and appointments).
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Academic cheating entails any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, preparing homework, taking tests and
quizzes, preparing reports and projects - GENERALLY PASSING OFF ANOTHER PERSON'S WORK AS ONE'S OWN OR KNOWINGLY
ALLOWING SUCH MISREPRESENTATION (such as giving someone your work to copy). ANY TYPE of cheating or plagiarism will result
in a zero on the assignment and the student will be placed on probation. All writing assignments other than in-class timed writings
will be turned into Turnitin.com.
A student cannot interfere with the right of other students to learn and therefore must show respect to other students and teachers.
Other standards for appropriate behavior include attentive participation in class, i.e., no sleeping disruptions, unnecessary talking,
or leaving materials at home. Be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings. Please raise your hand to be recognized for a
question (or answer). Silence will be observed during announcements. Students are expected to be courteous to all visitors
(student or adult) to the classroom.
Students not understanding materials are HIGHLY encouraged to come in for extra help. I am available for extra help before school
(7:45-8:30) or after school (2:55-3:30). Meetings are sometimes occurring during these times, so please check with me for availability.
Communication between home and school is very important for a successful year. The BEST way to contact me is through email. If you
do not have access to email, I welcome any calls if there are questions or concerns. Please limit calls to before or after school. I am
requesting all students and at least one parent send me an e-mail in the first couple weeks of school, asking to be added to bulk e-mails.
This also affords another conduit of communication.
I plan to use SCHOOLOGY.COM to update assignment and announcement information on a daily basis. The access code is below.
2nd period RBHBH-4WZ47
5th period Z7Z34-C726X
I look forward to having a successful year of learning!
EMIT English Instructor
(352)671-4700 ext. 58631