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    AP Literature & Composition Syllabus 2020-2021




    • To understand why a piece of literature allows us to feel the way we do
    • To understand how writers craft a piece of literature
    • To understand how place and experience shape writers and their perspectives
    • To understand how literature shapes a society or people

    By the end of the year you should be able to do the following:

    • Pass AP Lit Exam
    • Work effectively in groups and prepare presentations
    • Analyze various pieces of literature

    Literature that may be covered but not limited to the following:

    • All The Light We Cannot See
    • The Things They Carried
    • 1984
    • The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Homegoing
    • The Poisonwood Bible
    • We Were the Mulvaneys
    • Hamlet
    • The Kite Runner
    • A Doll’s House
    • A Doll’s House Part 2
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • Where the Crawdad's Sing
    • Station 11
    • Fences
    • The Awakening
    • Frankenstein
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • American Dirt
    • Behold the Dreamers
    • The Great Gatsby
    • Choosing Dissent
    • Pygmillion
    • Wit
    • Antigone
    • Oedipus Rex
    • Othello
    • Son of Solomon
    • Brave New World
    • Catch 22
    • How to Read Literature Like a Professor
    • Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense
    • Various poems and short stories


    This is considered a college level course. As such, many novels, plays, stories, and poems may have mature content.


    • Something to write with (blue/black pen or pencil)
    • Something to write on
    • 2 folders (one for class and one for home)
    • Highlighters (multiple colors, at least 3)
    • Post-it Notes


    A = 90-100

    B = 80-89

    C = 70-79

    D = 60-69

    F = 59 or lower


    Grading Breakdown:

    Tests/Projects/Essays: 60%

    Classwork/Quizzes/Homework: 40%



    • Be on time
    • Be prepared
    • Do your work
    • Always do your best
    • Leave your excuses at the door
    • Ask if you don’t understand
    • I is ALWAYS capitalized
    • Cheer for the Gators



    I do not accept late work.

    Check my website and Google Classroom if you’re absent. All make up work for excused absences should be completed within 3 days per the student handbook. This includes making arrangements for tests.


    • Any assignments that were assigned prior to an absence that were due on the day the student was absent from class must be emailed to me by the start of the student’s class the day it is due, and a hard copy turned in on the first day the student is back in class. Otherwise, the assignment will be counted as late work with the late work penalty applied. Likewise, if a student was in class when an assignment was given, no extension will be given on that assignment due to an absence prior to the due date (i.e. projects, major papers, etc.).
    • Major assignments/projects will be given a “Last day to turn in” date. Major assignments/projects may be turned in any time prior to that date. If a student is absent on the last day that a major assignment/paper may be turned in and has not submitted that major assignment/project, that student must email the completed major assignment/project (picture of the project) to the instructor by the START of the class that it is due in order to not be docked for not turning it in on time, and the actual major assignment/project must be submitted the next time the student is in class.
    • Homework is due when collected. This means the beginning of class. Students may not complete missed homework during class because it causes students to fall even further behind.
    • Work missed due to absences: It is the student’s responsibility to check website/Google Classroom to see what was missed and then either to print out the attached resources or to come to me to pick up missed worksheets, etc. Students who have been absent should plan to speak to the teacher either after school or prior to the start of the school day or during CAT period upon return with questions about missed work and/or information posted on the class page. Special arrangements may be made ahead of time for a lunch appointment. The teacher does not always have time to go into the necessary details in class with a student who has been absent.
    • Students who have problems on an assignment must contact the teacher prior to the night before something is due for an explanation or other support. An excuse of “I didn’t understand what to do” will not be accepted the day an assignment is due or after that due date.
    • CHEATING: Copying, sharing answers, using unacceptable resources to complete assignments/assessments, and/or plagiarizing are grounds for failing the assignment and disciplinary action, per the MCPS Student Code of Conduct. All work should be considered “independent” work unless otherwise informed. “Working together” means sharing your understanding of the assignment and clarifying anything that is unclear. “Working together” does not mean sharing answers in any format: written, spoken, graphic, digital. I take cheating very seriously. Students who provide answers to another student will be treated the same way as those who get the information from another student(s). Students may not have cell phones visible or being used in class unless specifically directed by the teacher. If a student is using a cell phone to cheat, that assignment will receive a zero, and the student will be written up.
    • Outside of school: Technology (Have a back-up plan in place as technology problems are not an excuse for late/missing work) – computer, Internet access, printer WITH extra ink; blank white paper (letter size).


    Sign up for Remind by texting 81010 @MrsTreuAP OR @MCPSAP (for online only instruction)

    • SAFETY NETS include such activities as in-class remediation through small group work and teacher support, tutoring, and CAT period. Additionally, students who receive a D or an F on a formal writing assignment have the opportunity to rewrite the essay for no higher than a grade of C, if all of the following requirements are met:
    1. Within 7 days of receiving the essay back, the student must meet with the teacher to discuss the areas of weakness and how to correct deficiencies and re-submit the essay.
    2. Revisions must be made while in a tutoring session with the instructor present. All revisions/corrections made to the essay must be shown on the original paper that has been graded.
    3. All areas of weakness indicated on the original paper must have been addressed in the revisions made and in the final draft.
    4. Within two days after this meeting, the student must turn in the rewritten essay that is required to show the use of ALL steps in the writing process.

    Please understand that rewrites will be graded after all current assignments are graded.


    Parents and students may also CONTACT ME by emailing questions to Vickie.Treulieb@marion.k12.fl.us.  To leave a voice mail message, please call 671-4700..  Email contacts will be returned no later than within 24 hours, but it may take up to 48 hours to return a phone call, as my schedule is not always predictable. Emailing will always get a faster response, since I check that several times a day.


    Special Note:

    It is my intention to provide my students with a rigorous course designed to prepare them for any level of coursework they choose to take in the future.  It is also my intention to prepare students, to the best of my ability, for the AP Literature and Composition exam that they will take in the spring.  Therefore, it is imperative that students put in the commitment and effort to work on reading and writing outside of class.  Students who come to class without the work previously assigned will be unable to complete the day’s assignments.  There is a direct correlation between student grades and lexile (reading) level and the likelihood of passing the FSA exam. Parents/Guardians/Students should consistently check Skyward EACH week to make sure students are caught up with all assignments and responsibilities.  If there are any questions, please email or call me immediately.


    Plagiarism Contract

    Plagiarism can be defined as submitting another person’s ideas, words, images or data without giving that person credit or proper acknowledgement, whether exact quotations or paraphrasing.  Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, is tantamount to stealing and will not be tolerated. 

    In order to clarify what constitutes plagiarism, you should be aware that you have committed plagiarism when you:

    • use phrases, quotes or ideas not your own and do not give credit to the source; i.e. “copy and paste”
    • use ideas, phrases, or quotes from another student’s work of more than 3 words in a row
    • paraphrase the work of another student or author, even though you may have changed the wording or syntax and do not give credit to the source
    • use facts or data not considered common knowledge without giving credit for the information
    • submit a paper written for another class (academic dishonesty);
    • submit a paper from an essay service or agency even though you may have paid for it (These papers are usually of low quality, so you probably did not get your money’s worth.)
    • submit a paper completed by another person even though he or she may have given you permission to use it.
    • submit a paper in which the majority of the ideas come from someone other than you.
    • submit work completed as a group when it was to be done as individual work.


    You should also note that plagiarism not only encompasses written work, but also computer data, research, musical scores, video programs, and visual arts.

    Plagiarism is a serious issue, especially in an academic environment.  Teachers must be able to rely on the integrity of a student’s work in order to maintain a climate for successful learning.  Plagiarism reflects one’s character; therefore, you should diligently avoid inadvertent plagiarism.  When you are unsure if acknowledgement is needed, ask your teacher.  The penalties for blatant plagiarism include loss of all credit for the assignment with no opportunity to resubmit.  This may significantly lower your final grade.



    Student Information

    I have read and understand the class syllabus and policies for the AP Literature and Composition class.  If I have any questions or concerns, I know that I can contact Mrs. Treulieb using the information in this syllabus.


    Print Student Name:___________________________________________________________ Class Period _______

    Student Email (PLEASE print clearly):


    Student (Required): I have joined our class on Remind. (Circle one) Yes      No


    Parent Information/Signature

    Print Parent/Guardian’s PRINTED Name(s)/relationship:



    Parent Home Phone: ______________________Parent Cell Phone_____________________

    Parent Work Phone _______________________

    Remind: Please text @mrstreuap to the number 81010

    Parent (Recommended.):  I have joined my student’s class on Remind (Circle one) Yes      No

    Parent/Guardian’s Email Address (PLEASE print clearly):



    Parent/Guardian’s Signature___________________________________________________Date:__________________


    Student and PARENT Plagiarism Contract/Signatures


    I, _________________________________________(please print), am aware of the seriousness of plagiarism and will not intentionally use or submit someone else’s work without acknowledgement.  Furthermore, I will not misrepresent someone else’s work as my own, which includes copying someone else’s homework or sharing my work with others.


    Student Signature ______________________________________________________ Date___________________


    I have read the contract and understand the consequences of plagiarism.


    Parent/Guardian Signature_______________________________________________              Date________________