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    2018-2019 Overview


    Mrs. Jones




    Upon completing the Language and Composition course, students should be able to

    • Analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s sue of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
    • Apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
    • Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience;
    • Demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings;
    • Write in a variety of genres and contexts, both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions;
    • Produce expository and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate, specific evidence, cogent explanations, and clear transitions; and
    • Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review.





    • Rhetorical Analysis and Close Reading
    • Argumentation and Persuasion
    • Language and Thought
    • SAT/ACT/PERT Preparation
    • Summer Reading
    • Composition


    Class Discussions: The writing for this course is a continuation of what is done within the classroom discussions about the reading assignments. Students engage with and respond to oral and written texts and take responsibility for their own thinking. A preference and conscious choice is made for shorter pieces of varying discourse and texts which act as catalysts for discussions.


    Assignments: Major assignments will be tests and projects. Students will also be assigned out-of-class reading. The take-home essays are supplemented by considerable work with impromptu essays both to diversify writing and to rehearse the skills necessary for the AP Exam in May.

    Late work will be accepted with a 50% deduction in grading. The only exception to this late work policy is on an individual basis due to absences. You will have the same amount of days you missed to ask for and complete makeup work. It is not my responsibility to track you down to give you an assignment. Late work will not be accepted after three school days past the due date. If you think you will have difficulty in meeting the assignment due date, you are responsible for conferring with the teacher prior to the date the assignment is due to avoid the late grade. You can always submit electronic assignments early through Google classroom. Plagarism will result in a dismissal from AP Language and Composition.




    • Text-based Writing30 percent
    • Reading30 percent
    • Speaking and Listening20 percent
    • Grammar and Rhetoric20 percent

    (Note: Tests and projects will be weighted more than daily assignments. Quizzes will be weighted less than daily assignments.)



    Most assignments may be viewed on my webpage. During the year we will transition into using Google classroom. When Google classroom is in place all assignments will be posted through Google classroom. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the assignments missed and turn them in for credit within a reasonable time.


    Works Used: The Language of Composition, AP English Language and Composition Practice Examinations, Essential Literary Terms with Exercises, and other supplemental texts both nonfiction and fiction. AP Terms and Definitions can be downloaded and printed frommy teacher page.


    Conduct: Students are expected to follow the Marion County Public Schools Code of Conduct, West Port High School behavior guidelines, and Class Behavior Policy.


    Tardy Policy: Any student who has not crossed the threshold of the class when the bell finishes ringing is considered tardy. All tardy students (excused or unexcused) must sign the Tardy Log.


    Sign-Out Log: Students leaving the classroom are required to sign-out in the Sign-Out Log. When returning to the classroom, students must record the time he/she re-entered the classroom. You do not have to ask to use the restroom. It is across the hall. Please limit these visits. Also, please make sure only one student is out of the classroom at a time.