• General Paper encourages you to think critically about modern issues as a means of developing your skills in reading and writing.  The skills you learn in this course can transfer to most other fields you are studying, therefore your learning experiences can set a foundation for your educational experiences across all subjects.    These skills are extremely important because they are the ones that are required at the college level, valued in the professional world, and necessary for citizens living in twenty-first century society. 

    We are all shaped by our own experiences and hold different values, so not everyone sees the world in the same way.  Learning how to address today’s issues (and the opinions surrounding them) in a sensitive and mature way can improve your global conversation.  It is hoped that success in this course will inspire you to play an active role in your local community as well as in global society and as you do so, you may help make positive changes in the world around you.

    Key Benefits:

    This course can help you to

    • develop your own opinions.
    • analyze the opinions of others.
    • evaluate the quality, value, or significance of ideas before judging them.
    • make new insights and enter the conversation.
    • earn 3 college credits if you pass the exam towards the end of the year!

    Materials Needed:

    • 1 ½ or 2 inch binder
    • Dividers
    • College-ruled loose leaf paper
    • Pens and pencils

    About the AS Level English General Paper Exam

    Divided into 2 parts.

    Part 1

    • Essay of roughly 600 -700 words in length as a response to 1 of 10 prompts
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Assessed on how you use your knowledge and information to develop an argument or convey a point.

    Part 2

    • You will have multiple extended responses up to 120 words based off of two texts.
    • 1 hour and 45 minutes
    • You will be provided with reading materials and then respond to corresponding comprehension questions.

    Topics in AICE General Paper

    Included but are not limited to:

    • Economics
    • History
    • Visual Arts
    • Politics
    • Leisure
    • Science
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Technology

    Late Work Policy

    Late work is not accepted.  Major projects are assigned well in advance of their due dates and must be turned in on their due date.  No exceptions per Cambridge AICE policy.

    Absent Policy

    If you are absent from school, upon your return you have the number of days absent to make up your work that you missed.  Our classes Microsoft Teams will be updated regularly so that you may view missed work.

    Syllabus Provided by Cambridge AICE: