Syllabus 2012-2013

TUTORING: By Appointment – I am here everyday until 4 p.m.

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  • Perrine’s Sound and Sense
  • AP English Literature and Composition Crash Course by Dawn Hogue
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


  • Supplies – Notebook or 3 Ring Binder with dividers, black or blue ink pens, red pen, highlighter, and paper. These materials plus the books highlighted above are due in class on Monday August 27, 2012. The rest of the books will be purchased through the teacher.
  • All assignments must be either typed or completed in black or blue ink. Assignments in any other type of ink will be returned and asked to be redone for a lower grade.


AP Literature and Composition is a class organized around British and World Literature and a writing program to give senior students an opportunity to prepare for the AP test which will take place in May 2012. Students are required to think creatively and critically, while reading a combination of literary texts. In addition to preparing students for college work, the scope and sequence of the course centers on the strands of the English-Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools adopted by the California State Board of Education.


The AP test is offered for this class in May of 2012. The test consists of both multiple choice questions and essays. Each student is required to take the test. You can apply for fee waivers and reductions through Mrs. Mishler, but this must be done before the beginning of March.


Plagiarism and other forms of cheating on any assignment will not be tolerated; students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive an "F" on the assignment. Any further violations will result in detention as well as an “F” on the assignment. Students are required to have notes and outlines for all assignments in order to create a “paper trail” which proves the work and ideas are their own. Students’ work without this “paper trail” will be considered suspect. Students’ are required to site all sources that are used for the assignments. Proper form for these citations will be discussed.


The final grade for this course is calculated on a weighted scale. Major writing assignments including the forum posts will account for 40% of the grade. Tests, Quizzes, and Projects will account for 40% of the grade, while participation, homework, and classwork will account for the last 20% of the students overall grade. The school weighs the final exam in December and May separately at 20%. Each student will receive a letter grade after calculations are complete.

Exams and quizzes utilize a variety of evaluation methods, but focus primarily on writing. Students will be expected to compose their answers in paragraph form, with a topic sentence, strong body of evidence, and conclusion, with a minimal number of grammar and spelling errors. Students are also expected to keep a detailed binder or notebook with all class notes and handouts.


In the event that a student has an excused absence, it is the student's responsibility to get the missed notes and assignments. Students are responsible for all assignments given in their absence and this work will be due on the regularly scheduled day. Late work will not be accepted unless there is an excused absence. A missed test or quiz may result in a make-up if the absence is excused. A test or quiz must be made up within one week or it will result in a zero for a grade. Any student who misses two or more tests or quizzes loses the opportunity for a make up for the remainder of the semester.


Homework is considered a vital part of this course and will be assigned on a nightly basis. This is an English class, so most of the homework will consist of reading and writing assignments to prepare you for the next days lecture/lesson. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. If you fail to turn in your homework and other assignments on their due date then you will be given a warning. If this happens a second time you will receive a thirty minute detention. Any further violations will be dealt with accordingly. In addition to weekly assigned readings and work, a student is expected to review the notes for class on a daily basis. Students failing to prepare for a class will notice a substantial drop in their grades on quizzes and tests. Students should check the website carefully for each week's readings and assignments.


Class participation and discussion—as well as prompt and regular attendance—are expected, required and essential. All students in this course must contribute positively to the class. Your participation, positive or negative is part of your final grade for this course. Students who disrupt the harmony of the class by being disrespectful will be dealt with in accordance to the school rules and given an "F" for that day's participation. If there continues to be a problem, students will be dropped from the class.


This website was built specifically for this class and contains reminders, forums, assignments, and other vital information to help students to better prepare for the AP test. Students will be required to join the website and post regularly to the forums. This is considered to be a part of your weekly homework assignments and will count as a graded assignment. Instructions on forum posting expectations are listed on the website.

Academic Syllabus

Ongoing Assignments

  • Students are required to do weekly forum posts on the literature that is being discussed in class that week. The topics are posted early in the week and their posts are due by Thursday night.
  • Students will also be required to comment on the above mentioned forum posts.
  • Literary Device/Vocabulary/Mythology/Biblical Allusion Review – this takes place throughout the course in addition to the regular weekly assignments.

Quarter I

  1. History of World Literature
    • Powerpoint Presentation
    • Chapters 3-4 in Crash book
    • Quiz
  2. Six Elements of Style
    • Chapter 5 in Crash book
  3. Poetry Unit 1
    • Annotation – how to analyze a poem – see website (Crash)
    • STIFST
    • Discussion of poetry from textbook
    • Essential Literary Terms (ELT)– pages 210-223
    • Test – including poetry and ELT.
  4. The Canterbury Tales
    • Background – Powerpoint Notes
    • Prologue, The Miller’s Tale, The Knight’s Tale
    • ELT – pages 13-14, 125-132
    • Test
  5. Poetry Units 2 and 14
    • Poetry Multiple Choice Questions
    • Read poetry from each unit
    • ELT – page 226-241
    • Multiple Choice Question Test
  6. Personal Statement essay
  7. The Divine Comedy: Inferno
    • Canto 1-5, 19-22, and 30-33
    • Levels of Hell project/essay
    • ELT – pages 68-104
    • Test

Quarter II

  1. Introduce Independent Reading Project – there will be sections for both second and third quarter
  2. Heart of Darkness
    • Show movie “Apocalypse Now”
    • Compare and Contrast Essay
    • Intro to Prose AP Essay (Chapter 15 in Crash)
    • ELT – 167-178 and 8-12
  3. Poetry Units 4 and 5
    • Read poetry from each unit
    • ELT – 32-42
    • Intro to Poetry AP Essay (Chapter 16 in Crash)
    • Essay Test
  4. 1984
    • Read entire book (might have to finish section three over vacation)
    • Intro to Free Response Essay
    • ELT – 112-122 and 150-162
    • Test
    • Midterm

Quarter III

  1. Independent Reading Projects Due – Presentations and final journals due
  2. Jane Eyre (Independent Reading for Quarter III)
    • See website for weekly reading and writing assignments
    • There will be a quiz every week to ensure that reading is taking place
    • Essay
  3. Hamlet
    • ELT – pages 1-7 and 132-144 and 44-47
    • Test
    • Persuasive Essay
  4. Poetry Units 6, 7, and 8
    • Read poetry from each unit
    • ELT – pages 54-66
    • Test

Quarter IV

  1. Research Essay
  2. Poetry Units 11 and 12
    • ELT – 198-207
    • Quiz on scansion
    • Test overall
  3. Review for AP Test – 2 weeks
  4. Take AP Test
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