Course Expectations

English III AP Language and Composition

Textbook – We will be working with a variety of texts and textbooks.   

Novels/Plays -  The Great Gatsby.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

                            Ethan Frome.  Edith Wharton

                            The Catcher In The Rye.  J. D. Salinger

            The Glass Menagerie. and A Streetcar Named Desire.  Tennessee Williams


*Each of these texts will be issued to the student.


Students will need a flash/thumb drive, an email address to use Turnitin, and access to the internet for reference.



                Students are assigned a variety of text that exemplify “how stylistic effects are achieved by writer’s linguistic choices.” (The College Board, AP® English Course Description, May 2007, p.8)  In this course, fiction and poetry are characterized by the author’s use of rhetorical and linguistic techniques to generate a desired effect on the reader.  Students will gain a better understanding of how writers create this desired effect by studying these texts.  The assigned novels are carefully selected based on the state curriculum requirements for English III Honors as well as on the merits of their being examples of highly effective pieces of literature.  During fall and spring semesters students read novels outside of class and complete journal entries for each assigned novel.  A class seminar session is devoted to each novel, and students are expected to incorporate learned skills into their class discussions and writings.


For each reading students create journal entries that address the following points:

·         Thesis/Theme(s)

·         Tone/Attitude

·         Purpose/Audience

·         Style and Structure

·         Rhetorical Appeals:  Pathos, Logos, Ethos

·         Use of Figurative Language

·         List any vocabulary “new” to the student



Each unit of study focuses on acquiring, learning and implementing related vocabulary and Standard English grammar.  Students study how diction and syntax create a writer’s style.


Student development is expected in the following:

·         A wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively;

·         a variety of sentences structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination;

·         logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques to increase coherence, such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis;

·         a balance of generalizations and specific illustrative detail; and

·         an effective use of rhetoric including controlling tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through diction and sentence structure.

(College Board AP® English Course Description, May 2007, May 2008.  p.8)


During the first few minutes of class students are asked to do various warm-up activities such as: grammar exercises, PSAT/NMSCT®, SAT® preparation booklets, journal responses, AP Language and Composition vocabulary, that are linked to assignments.  This time may be spent reviewing any apparent skills in need of improvement.



                65% Final Draft of Essays/Papers, Unit Tests and Text Tests

                35% Quizzes, Vocabulary Tests, Journal Checks,

Daily Class Grades: prewriting, rough drafts, edits, grammar exercises, vocabulary activities, class discussions, and seminar participation

                Final exam is weighted 25% in accordance with county policy.


Homework should be done individually unless otherwise noted by instructor.


If a student commits plagiarism, he or she will receive a grade of zero.  Please make sure you and your student have read the Wayne County Public School Policies.


Students have homework every night.  They will have a text to read, vocabulary to study, papers to write.  Students must carefully plan and schedule their assignments.


When opportunity allows, extra credit assignments/activities will be offered.


AP Examination

                In preparation for the AP English Language and Composition, students will take timed practice tests that include both the multiple choice and essay sections. Class time will be spent going over and discussing practice test.  Students will practice scoring sample essay responses from past AP exams as well as each other’s responses.  Making constructive comments, while peer editing and scoring, is constantly stressed.  Students are stakeholders in both their performance as writer and editor.  Rubrics based on a scale of 1-9 are used to grade student AP essays.




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