AP Literature and Composition




    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

    Ms. Henry


    GOALS:   We will strive to

    • communicate ideas powerfully and with clarity

    • read a variety of world authors

    • read critically and to be alert to the resources of language authors employ

    • participate in class discussions based on reading assignments and research projects

    • prepare for college English courses by honing analysis, writing, research, presentation, and participation skills


    MAJOR WORKS:  We will select from the following—

    Short fiction from The Bedford Reader & other sources Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy                                                  King Lear by William Shakespeare

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin                                               The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky    Othello by William Shakespeare

    Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton                                One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken


    Fences by August Wilson                                                          The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens                                  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


    CANVAS/MS. HENRY’S WEBSITE:  I use Canvas extensively. Students should check nightly for work, upcoming assessments, etc.


    GRADES: I calculate grades on a total point system.  Each assessment will be given a point value based on its content and the time and effort required to complete it. Tests and essays will count the most (usually around 100 points); quizzes and homework will count less (quizzes are usually between 25 and 50 points, and homework between 5 and 25 points).  Keep track of your grades throughout each quarter and check the portal regularly.  If you’d like to use a grade calculation sheet to keep track of your grades and running average, you can print one.


    Homework: Homework is important and should be taken seriously and completed to the best of each student’s ability. I expect you to complete all assignments, including reading assignments, on time. All written homework must be finished, printed out (if applicable), and stapled by the beginning of the class during which it is due. I do not accept late homework unless a student has an excused absence and makes the work up promptly. If a student does not have homework when I check/collect it, the student will receive a zero.


    MAKEUP Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and in-class essays missed because of LEGAL absence should be made up within a week. (Those missed because of an illegal absence will receive a zero.) After one week, quizzes, tests, and in-class essays that have not been made up will be averaged into quarter grade as zeroes.  Zeroes will VERY negatively affect your average.  Stay on top of your work.  When you are absent, please e-mail me and get your work made up ASAP.


    ESSAYS:  MOST essays will be scored on the A.P. Literature Essay Grading Scale (see below).  



    All essay grades 1-9 have the following standard grade equivalents:


    8— 953—70Mandatory Rewrite



    5— 80 Borderline AP Credit0—Let’s not have any of these.  ?



    • Any student scoring 3 or below must rewrite his/her essay.

    • Any student scoring 7 or below may rewrite his/her essay.

    • All rewrites require a scheduled conference with the teacher.

    • Any rewritten essay must be turned in with

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