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AP English IV - Literature and Composition
AP English IV at Woods Charter School centers on British literature. Students are presumed to have studied American Literature in 11th grade, and have a solid background for the AP exam. Students also read self-selected books, some from the College Board reading list, as independent study. The selected texts represent authors of merit, and will provide essential background reading for students preparing for the AP exam. This course requires careful reading, critical analysis, and personal response to a variety of texts.
AP Literature and Composition general reading timeline
(Please note that this is subject to adjustment as we go through the year)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Elizabethan poetry (selected)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Independent reading - The Tempest by William Shakespeare plus one of your choice
Romantic poets (Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Independent reading - Dickens, Bronte, or Austen plus one of your choice
WWI poetry (Owens, Sassoon)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Independent reading - 20th century authors plus one of your choice
The exam for AP Literature and Composition is held in May, date TBA.
Course work emphasizes close reading, analysis, and critical response parallel to the requirements of the AP Literature and Composition exam, which students will take in May. Timed writing in response to a selection and AP-style objective test practice throughout the year prepare students for the exam.
Independent reading: for each of the SIX required novels, you will
1. Read closely.
2. Complete the annotations chart as you read.
3. Mark interesting quotations.
4. Write an essay (800-1000 words) discussing what you see as the main themes, salient features, or other important aspect of the book
- Use your best writing skills.
- Use examples from the book.
- Make a case for your opinion.
- Follow formatting guidelines.
5. Turn in all annotations and critical essays in proper format and a timely fashion.
- Students will participate in class activities and discussion, reading in and outside of class, and other assigned work, every day.
- Students will be respectful members of the classroom and school community.
- Students will be responsible for their work.
Logistics and details
Pens and pencils
Spiral or composition notebook dedicated for journal
Section or binder for notes, handouts, loose paper
Planner / homework diary
Homework will vary according to what we do in class. Students must make every effort to complete their homework on time; late work will be marked down 5 points per day - NO EXCEPTIONS. Please have your work printed and ready to hand in at the start of class; points will be deducted from that time.
If students miss school, they must ask for any missed work. Make-up time will be granted for excused absences.
Tardiness is not acceptable. Students who are late to class 3 times in a marking period will be assigned after school detention.
Trimester grading breakdown:
Final grading breakdown:
Work will be assessed and grades given according the chart below. The annotations chart will be considered as part of the overall grade, but will be marked separately.
Exemplary. Exceptionally thorough, detailed, well-supported, impeccably presented, and complete. Free from errors, insightful, convincing.
Complete. Thorough and well-expressed, with support and analysis. May have some areas that could be improved, or errors in conventions.
Fair, with several areas that could be strengthened. May need work on organization, depth, or style, including sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar.
Minimally complete. Lacks a clear focus or explanation of main points, and/or provides little support. Contains multiple errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation.
Incomplete. Does not meet required elements of the assignment or is poorly done.
Projected Calendar for independent readings (subject to adjustment)
#1 - October 1 your choice
#2 - November 5 The Tempest
#3 - January 7 Dickens, Bronte, or Austen
#4 - February 11 your choice
#5 - March 22 your choice
#6 - April 30 20th century author
I am happy to help students in any way I can. Students can ask me for a conference, tutoring, help with revision, or whatever else.
Email me : firstname.lastname@example.org