Pre-AP English 10
2010-2011 Course Syllabus
L. Cavener 207
Welcome to Pre-AP English 10. I am looking forward to working with you this year. My goal is for you to feel confident that you can conquer any literary work of your choosing to prepare you for AP courses, college, and a lifetime of reading for pleasure.
In this course you will read, discuss, write about various genres of literature (short fiction, poetry, novels, drama and nonfiction), and learn to utilize the tools of literary analysis and research. Class discussions, research assignments, and a variety of written assignments will be used to ensure understanding and improve analysis skills. The goals of the course are as follows:
· to increase enjoyment and comprehension of literature through active reading and vocabulary study
· to increase critical thinking skills through class discussion and composition
· to gain insights about the human condition and the world through literature
· to improve literary analysis skills through exposure to literary criticism
· to encourage self-expression through oral discussion and composition
· to practice the skills which provide the foundation for success in the AP English program and ultimately in college course work
· to provide a historical and cultural foundation for the study of literature
Reading checks—Quizzes may be given over reading assignments.
Writing Assignments—Various assignments written both in the classroom, in the computer lab, and outside of class will be required. These will include timed writings, literary criticisms, critical responses to readings, and research.
Vocabulary—Vocabulary quizzes and activities will be completed on a regular basis.
Class Participation—Your success and enjoyment of this class depends on individual preparation and participation in class discussions.
Presentations—Visual and oral presentations are beneficial for learning and essential skills for the future.
Outside Reading—One outside reading will be required each semester.
Unit, Quarter and Semester Exams—Tests will be given at the end of a major work.
Enrichment—An opportunity for extra credit will be available for attendance and personal response to events that improve cultural literacy or global awareness.
Class Guidelines and Keys to Success
- Be prepared. 4. Respect yourself and others.
- Be prompt. 5. Laugh at all my attempts at humor.
3. Choose a positive attitude. 6. Communicate effectively.
Daily work and vocabulary will count 40%, and major assignments will count 60% toward the quarter grade. Final semester grades are an accumulation of points earned in first and second quarters. A comprehensive final will be given at the end of each semester. Grades will be discussed by appointment outside of regular class time.
Late daily work will generally not be accepted. Major assignments will be accepted late at a 10% per school day reduction. Unless specifically requested to be submitted electronically, hard copies of written assignments are due at the beginning of the period. E-mailed or unprinted assignments will be counted late.
1st quarter—The Book Thief, short story unit, Metamorphosis
2nd quarter—Oedipus, Othello, 20th Century drama, outside read
3rd quarter—literary research project, poetry unit
4th quarter—All the King’s Men, outside read
***Please purchase the correct edition of the book. We need to be on the same page!
- 1 or 1 1/2 inch binder notebook (no spirals, please) with dividers, storage pouch, and college-ruled paper (Dividers—info, vocab, short story, poetry, novels,)
- multiple colors of high lighters, pencils, and small Post-it notes
- 4 X 6 note cards (200+)
- Work missed because of illness should be made up the day after you return to school or as arranged with the teacher.
- Work missed because of student activities should be made up the following day. Students are responsible for notifying the teacher in advance of the activity.
- Class time will not be used for make-up work.