Pre-AP/AP English Department Syllabus
Industrial High School
Pre-AP and AP English courses are fast-paced and intense. Since a large amount of reading material is covered, students enrolled will be required to complete more work at home than those enrolled in a regular English course. Students are also expected to assume responsibility equivalent to that of a college student and keep up with all assignments and deadlines. In addition to enhancing each student’s preparation for college, the AP classes specifically dedicate time to helping students prepare for success on the AP Language Exam in the junior year and the AP Literature Exam in the senior year. These exams are notoriously challenging; it will take commitment on the part of each student, parent, and instructor to lay a foundation for mastery. Scoring well on the AP Exams can earns the student college credit.
Literature textbooks and or novels will be checked out to the student throughout the year. As always, the student is responsible for any school materials checked out to him/her. The student will be responsible for reimbursing the district for any lost or damaged items.
INDEPENDENT READING = ACCELERATED READER & AR TESTS
As part of the Industrial High School English Department curriculum requirements, students are required to read and test over Accelerated Reader books to earn points. Each student is responsible for earning the number of points designated at his/her grade level for each grading period. Students will receive a daily (40%) grade based on the total number of points earned and another daily (40%) grade based on the average of all of the AR tests taken for that grading period. In addition, Pre-AP and AP students are required to test over AP novels during two designated reading periods. If the student does not pass an AR test over an AP novel during the designated AP reading period, the highest possible grade is 70. A list of AP titles is available in the library. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to take tests, and s/he must present a copy of the book prior to testing. The AR deadlines will be clearly posted in the classroom, as well as on their teacher’s website; the cutoff period for earning points will be at 3:40 p.m. on the day that points are due. No late work will be accepted for this assignment. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. If a student is absent on the day points are due, he/she is still responsible for having his/her points by the deadline. Extra AR points from one period will not carry over to the next period. Students must come to class prepared to read. Class novels will not count for AR points unless points are earned prior to teacher instruction. **** THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS ASSIGNMENT.
AR Points required at each grade level:
Freshmen 6 Junior 10
Sophomore 8 Senior 12
AR Extra Credit
There are two opportunities for five extra credit points towards the daily grade category. Option 1—meet the early deadline. Option 2—double the points required. AP points do not have to be doubled for option 2. Failure to meet the minimum criteria for the designated reading periods will eliminate the opportunity to earn extra credit.
60% grades = major grades May include (but are not limited to) such items as vocabulary exams, major projects, timed writings, journals, D.O.L. exams, major compositions, and AP multiple choice exams.
40% grades = daily grades May include (but are not limited to) such items as AR points, daily work, reading quizzes, homework, writing evaluations, and literary term evaluations.
Pre-AP and AP students will have at least 10 daily grades and 3 major grades each six weeks. At no time will extra credit (assignments or points) be allowed to raise a student’s average above a score of 100. *Note: On various assignments, students will have grading rubrics tailored to their weaknesses. Their grading criteria may differ from that of their peers. Students will be expected to revise assignments to meet TEKS requirements. The teacher may lower a student’s final score on an assignment one letter grade if appropriate corrections are not made by the assigned deadline.
Homework is a vital part of these courses. Each student is expected to complete all homework assignments.
COMP BOOK ASSIGNMENTS
AP and Pre-AP students are required to complete comp book assignments each six weeks. Comp book assignments require thorough and meticulous analysis of speeches, editorials, poems, and literary excerpts. Students are expected to keep comp books neatly organized and are to respond to all questions to the fullest (complete sentences that address the question being asked in the answer). Students will be given a minimum of four days to complete the assignment and therefore are expected to have the assignment turned in before the tardy bell rings on the day that the assignment is due. At the end of the six weeks, all of the assignment grades will be averaged together for one major grade. If the assignment is not turned in on time, the District’s policy on late work will be enforced, affecting the overall major grade.
Students will be expected to complete timed writing assignments throughout the school year. During class, students will have 40 minutes to analyze a selection and respond to a prompt in essay format. Students will not be allowed to take the assignment home if they are absent; they must make arrangements with their teacher to make up the assignment after school. The purpose of the timed writing is to prepare students for the essay portion of the AP exam which involves responding to three prompts within 120 minutes.
ABSENCES AND LATE WORK
Please refer to the Student Handbook for the district policy.
Cheating is not tolerated. If the instructor suspects cheating, the paper(s) will be taken up and the student(s) will choose: 1) take a zero, or 2) reschedule and complete an alternative assignment/exam/quiz for a time within two school days of the infraction. If the instructor knows cheating is occurring, the grade will be a zero with no opportunity given for the student to make up the work. Students caught cheating on a major assignment will automatically receive a referral. Please be reminded that plagiarism is cheating.
- Always bring your supplies
- Respect yourself and others
- Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings
- Follow directions the first time they are given
High School students have been in the education system long enough to understand appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior. If a student is disrespectful (such as class disruptions, foul language, discourteous or rude remarks) the following actions will be used:
First offense – verbal warning
Second offense – lunch, activity period or after school detention
Third offense – conference with the principal/parent
If at any time inappropriate behavior is of a nature that requires the intervention of a third party in order for the class to continue with the least amount of disruption, the instructor reserves the right to remove the student via referral to the office.
English teachers will distribute hall passes each six weeks that are to be used when leaving the classroom. Students will not be allowed to leave the room without the pass unless it is an emergency. The hall pass allows students to leave the room four times during the six weeks. Students who have unused passes may turn them in for extra credit (60%). One point will be awarded for each unused pass (a possible 4 points per pass). Students may use these points in any six weeks, but they may not be used as points towards semester or final exam grades.
TEACHER CONTACT INFORMATION
Teacher: Sarah Woodring
Conference Period: 5th
- Read and respond to classic literature and current events.
- Write essays of various formats and genres.
- Refine grammar and usage skills.
- Complete a major research project.
- Expand personal reading library through Accelerated Reader.
- Complete assignments in an organized manner.
- Participate in class discussions and speaking activities.
COURSE READING LIST
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (summer reading)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Note***We will also be reading various short stories, plays, essays, speeches, articles, poems, and excerpts from other long works. Please refer to weekly lesson plans for specific titles.
1 - 3 Ring binder (3-inch)*
1 - Blue folder with brads and pockets* (Please do not write your name on the folder. A printed label with be provided.)
2 - Composition notebooks*
2 - Packages of dividers*
1 - Package of 5 x 7 index cards (white/lined)*
1 - Package of Glue Sticks*
Notebook paper (wide ruled)
Note***Items with an asterisk will be kept in the classroom. All other items should be brought to class daily.