Welcome to AP Language and Composition. Get ready for copious amounts of reading, writing, and discussion! First things first, there was no summer assignment (so, if you're coming in with the attitude of "I waited until the last minute to get this done and I hope there isn't a long assignment" you're in luck because there isn't). I realize that no summer assignment might make some of you sad, but never fear! We will make up for it over the course of the year. You will need a textbook for this class. If you are virtual, there is no online textbook, so please contact the school to get a copy.
Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Teams, Google Classroom, etc.). These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms. If you do not want your child's image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.
Some of the sections for AP Lang are online sections. If you are a face to face section this part doesn't pertain to you and you can ignore it. The only thing you need to remember is where WP is located and to wear a face mask at all times. For my virtual sections, we are going to be using a platform called Microsoft Teams for video and Google classroom for assignment. Google classroom login information:
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Microsoft Teams is new to you probably, but it is new to me, too, so we're going to get through it together. Sometimes we like to pretend as teachers that we know everything, but the fact is some of you will figure out things you can do in Microsoft teams while I'm still trying to figure out the basics. It happens, but we'll work through it. With that being said, it is a pretty user friendly learning platform. When you log into your school desktop, you will see a screen that looks like this:
You are going to select the email and one drive choice. After you do that, you will see a screen that looks like this:
When you click on teams you will see a screen that shows the word "general" under the title of your class. This is the channel you need to be on for day one of the class. You will have to be logged into teams and have the general channel up. I will open a meeting (do not click "meet" on this screen) and then it will ask you to join. It should look like this:
You will also see several tabs on your screen. We will discuss each of these later, but for day one, just make it to the general channel.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
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
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.
- Essays, projects, presentations 55%
- Classwork 35%
- Homework 10%
Class assignments can be viewed using Microsoft teams.
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.