Forest High School
AP Language & Composition
An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. (*Adapted from ENGLISH: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition Course Description)
As in the college course, the purpose of the AP English Language and Composition course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. An AP English Language and Composition course should help students move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay that provides an introduction with a thesis and three reasons, body paragraphs on each reason, and a conclusion that restates the thesis. Although such formulaic approaches may provide minimal organization, they often encourage unnecessary repetition and fail to engage the reader. Students should be encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose, and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing. The AP English Language and Composition course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. In addition, the course teaches students that the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing they must do in college is based on reading as well as on personal experience and observation. AP Language and Composition, therefore, teaches students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations. (*Adapted from ENGLISH: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition Course Description)
The following is required for class everyday: FHS Planner (or any daily planner), a three-ring notebook (1 ½ inch minimum) with 5 dividers, , pens, pencils, loose-leaf paper, a highlighter, and white-out. Donations of any of the following would be greatly appreciated: scissors, computer paper, magazines throughout the school year (not older than a month please).
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. (see chart) The grade you receive depends on the QUALITY of your work and your participation in class. Grades can be accessed on the Student and Parent Portal. 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.
Homework - 10%
Quiz/Daily Classwork 30%
MAKE-UP WORK POLICY(FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES ONLY!)
As this is a college course, absent students are expected have homework completed upon the return to class.
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 ACTIVITES
Students must ask for work in advance should they miss class 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 several 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 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after school until 3:30. 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.
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.
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. Students must be doing English work in English class unless instructed otherwise. Be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings. Please raise your hand to be recognized for a question (or answer). Don't interrupt or talk when someone else is speaking. 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 3:00-3:30). Meetings are sometimes occurring during these times, so please check with me for availability. EMIT Study Sessions are held twice a week for students to work in groups on their classwork/homework.
Communication between home and school is very important for a successful year. The BEST way to contact me is through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you do not have access to email, I welcome any calls if there are questions or concerns.