Welcome to AP English!
Course Overview and Expectations

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

Miss Alison A. Cox, M.Ed. acox@bedford.k12.oh.us 440-786-3531

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English III. This course offers an in-depth study of literature and will emphasize advanced analytical composition and reading in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the year. It is assumed that students enrolled in this course will be able to devote many hours of out of class time to the required reading, writing, and research. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English must conduct themselves with the maturity and responsibility appropriate to advanced study. Summer reading will be required and students may be required to purchase paperback books. This course has been accredited by The College Board for both AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition.

Classroom Content
1. Composition
The course will include, but is not limited to intensive concentration on writing focusing on in-class timed writings, reader response writing, portfolios, short and long papers including "research" and "critical" papers. NOTE: Most of your papers will be graded using the AP scoring rubric (see below). You are AP seniors; I expect quality papers with few grammatical and spelling mistakes.

2. Literature
We will read all of the texts below. We may even read more! Plan to be busy reading ALL YEAR. Expect NO DOWN TIME. When we finish one unit, we will immediately begin the next.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini*
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen*
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston*
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson*
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster+
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts by George Bernard Shaw
*=choose one

3. Study of Language & Grammar
You can expect to work on perfecting your use of the English language in a variety of ways, specifically in usage, grammar, style, and vocabulary.

4. AP Test Preparation
The purpose of Advanced Placement English is to prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Language or Literature in May.
As a student in AP English, I expect you to take one or both of the AP Exams this spring.