AP Literature Syllabus & Materials

AP Literature and Composition 2017 - 2018

Quarter 1: Daily Schedule

Focus Areas:

  • Vocabulary
  • In-Class Writing
  • Senior Memory Book
  • Dickens’ Great Expectations
  • Elements of Fiction
  • HTRLLAP & Summer Work
  • College Application Essay & Resume

 

Week 1

Tuesday, August 8

In class: Welcome & introductions. Students complete Student Information sheet. Class discusses AP Policies & Expectations. Join Remind 101. Turn in summer work early for extra credit (actual due date: Friday, Sept. 1st).

Homework: Share course materials with parents and return signed documents. Read “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Come prepared to discuss this essay Thursday.

 

Thursday, August 10

In class: Students turn in AP Policies & Expectations sheet with student and parent signature. “Internet Safety Training” in the Library. Discuss Mortimer’s essay “How to Mark a Book.” Receive and discuss Senior Memory Book project description.

Homework: Continue working on summer work (if need be) and begin assembling materials for your first few SMB entries.

 

Week 2

Monday, August 14

In class: Receive textbook. Take our first full-length, multiple-choice practice test (one hour, 55 questions).

Homework: Read pp. 59-80. Stop at “Layered Points of View.” Complete the following activities: p. 66, from Dickens’ Hard Times, p. 72, from Hardy’s Tess of the D’ubervilles, p. 78, from Watson’s “Seeing Eye.”

 

Wednesday, August 16

In class: Essay 1, Poetry. Discuss the assigned reading and homework activities.

Homework: Read pp. 80-92, stop at the end of Jamaica Kinkaid’s “Girl.” Complete the following activities: p.83 “setting,” p.85 “symbol,” p. 91 “theme.”

 

Friday, August 18

In class: SMB 1 Due. Essay 2, Prose. Discuss the assigned reading and homework activities.

Homework: Work on completing summer work (due Friday, Sept. 1st).

 

Week 3

Tuesday, August 22

In class: Free-Response Essay 3. Receive and discuss “AP Exam DOs and DON’Ts.”

Homework: Read Flannery O’Conner’s “Revelation.” Come to class prepared to discuss your assigned topic.

Thursday, August 24

In class: SMB 2 Due. Discuss Flannery O’Conner’s “Revelation.” Receive and discuss scores from the first practice AP Exam.

Homework: Read Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” pp. 1226-1232, and answer your assigned question in a well-developed paragraph or two. Absent students who did not receive a question assignment should choose one of the questions on page 1232 (#s 1-10) to answer in paragraph form. Come to class Monday ready to discuss the story.

 

Week 4

Monday, August 28

In class: Discussion of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.” Receive vocabulary.

Homework: Read Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” pp. 1079-1090, and answer your assigned question in a well-developed paragraph or two. Absent students who did not receive a question assignment should choose one of the questions on page 1090 (#s 1-8) to answer in paragraph form. Come to class Wednesday ready to discuss the story.

 

Wednesday, August 30

In class: Discussion of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral.” Introduction to resume building and the college application essay. iBook cart for college research. Receive photocopied packet of the first eight chapters of Dickens’ Great Expectations (due Wednesday, September 6th). Receive Dickens and the Victorian Novel ancillary packet.

Homework: Read Dickens and the Victorian Novel ancillary packet for Friday’s class. Continue researching colleges and working on resume. Finish summer work.

 

Friday, September 1

In class: SMB 3 due. Summer Work due. Introduction to Charles Dickens and the Victorian Novel.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 1-8. Study Vocabulary List 1 (quiz Wednesday, Sept. 6th).

 

Week 5

Monday, September 4

No School: Labor Day

 

Wednesday, September 6

In class: Vocab Quiz 1. Great Expectations: Chapters 1-8.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 9-15. Continue researching colleges and working on resume.

 

Friday, September 8

In class: Great Expectations: Chapters 9-15. SMB 4 due. Time in class with iBooks to work on resume and college application essay.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 16-21. Study Vocabulary List 2 (quiz Tuesday, Sept. 12th).

 

Week 6

Tuesday, September 12

In class: Great Expectations: Chapters 16-21. Vocab Quiz 2. Resume due.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 22-29.

 

Thursday, September 14

In class: Great Expectations: Chapters 22-29. SMB 5 due.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 30-37 & 38-42. Continue working on your college application essay.

 

Friday, September 15

No school for students. “Professional Learning Day” for teachers. J

 

Week 7

Tuesday, September 19

In class: Great Expectations: Chapters 30-37 & 38-42.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 43-52. Continue working on your college application essay.

 

Thursday, September 21

In class: SMB 6 due.  Great Expectations: Chapters 43-52.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 53-57. Continue working on your college application essay (first draft due Wednesday, Sept. 27th). Study Vocab List 3 (quiz Monday, Sept. 25th).

 

Week 8

Monday, September 25

In class: Vocab Quiz 3. Great Expectations: Chapters 53-57.

Homework: Read Great Expectations: Chapters 58-59. Finalize your college application essay. Bring two copies of your finished draft with you to class on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.

 

Wednesday, September 27

In class: Great Expectations: Chapters 58-59. College application essay due – Writer’s Workshop

Homework: Revise your college application essay.

 

Friday, September 29

In class: SMB 7 due. Review Great Expectations. Review guidelines for writing strong AP-style, timed essays.

Homework: Revise your college application essay. Review for Tuesday’s essay test over Great Expectations.

 

Week 9

Tuesday, October 3

In class: Timed essay test over Great Expectations.

Homework: Finalize revisions of your college application essay.

 

Thursday, October 5

In class: SMB 8 due. Final draft of college application essay due. Bring one hard copy to submit to Mrs. Watkins in class.

Homework: Have an amazing Fall Break! J