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AP English 11 Syllabus

Instruction:  Evelyn Hammonds

Contact Information

Phone: 423-439-4271 or email: (the quickest way to reach me)

Course Description

The course is college-level class that focuses on the development of the writer's ability to effectively read and communicate in today's society.   Students will be reading a variety of works (primarily nonfiction) and be involved in the close study of the rhetorical strategies these writers used to develop their writings. Students will not only be analyzing the writer's purpose but also how the audience and the writer's background contribute to the piece. The students will be writing for a variety of purposes to help develop their style and voice. By undergoing an intensive writing process (drafting, revising, peer editing, reviews) students will understand the process and be able to create well-written effective works. Students will be required to complete a major research project incorporating multiple sources. Students will also be examining visual images to support their readings and writings throughout the course. Overall, students will be examining and understanding how writing is a process and just how powerful a tool it can be for them. (For the AP specific course objectives, go to the College Board's website:

Text Information

The primary text for this class is The Language of Composition, Bedford/St. Martin's.

Some of the other texts we will be using are as follows.

50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, Bedford/St. Martin's.

Elements of Argument, Bedford/St. Martin's.

Elements of Literature, Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

CollegeBoard released exams and review materials.

Models For Writers, Bedford/St. Martin's.

Rhetoric in Pre-20th Century Titles, Collegeboard.

The St. Martin's Guide To Writing, Bedford/St. Martin's.

Throughout the course, we will be reading several novels/works outside of class. Some of these works that may be used in this class include: The Scarlet Letter, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave, Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Walden, and Tuesdays With Morrie.

Course Requirements

Students will need a three ring binder, college-ruled notebook paper, pens and pencils, and highlighters.

Student Evaluation

Each assignment will be given a numerical grade. These grades will then be categorized and each area will have a different percentage of the total grade. The larger assignments will have more weight assigned to them. The timed in-class essays will be graded using the AP grading scale of 1-9. These scores are then assessed a numerical/letter grade as outlined below. The following percentages will be used to determine grades:

15 percent Daily work

35 percent Journals and short writings

50 percent Essays, major projects, tests, research writings

The following grading scale will be used:

A - 93-100 (8/9 on AP scale)

B - 85-92 (6/7 on AP scale)

C - 75-84 (4/5 on AP scale)

D - 70-74 (3 on AP scale)

F - 0-69 (1/2 on AP scale)

Class Expectations:

This class is a fast-paced class that requires quite a bit of outside reading and writing. Students will be expected to complete all assignments on time and attend class regularly. If a student is unable to submit an assignment on time, he/she may submit it the next class day for up to 75 percent credit or within the week for up to 50 percent credit per the school's English Department policies. In addition, students are expected to follow the University School rules as outlined in the student handbook as well as English Department rules for this class.

Extra Assistance

I will be available every day before or after school for any questions or concerns. I am always willing to offer extra help. Please take advantage of this opportunity if you need it.

*Note: the complete syllabus for this class was audited and approved by the College Board. This is an abridged version of that syllabus.



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