AP Literature and Composition: Schedule and Assignments

Monday, August 13

Welcome to AP Literature and Composition!

Course Expectations and Syllabus (please get signed ASAP!)

Overview of teacher website and class policies

Overview of AP Lit and Comp: AP Literature versus AP Language, overview of exam, goals for the course

Introduction of review project for Brave New World and 1984 (Due Friday, August 17)

 

H.W. Please get your course expectations document signed. Please start bringing in your donations. Also, please bring your copies of the novels (Brave New World and 1984) with you to class tomorrow. Also, please bring in your summer homework assignment (journals).

 

Tuesday, August 14

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

AP Lit Exam: exam and discuss questions two and three (Prose Prompt/Free Response Question)

Literary Elements Reference Booklet: review, relate to Question Two (prose prompt) and Question Three (overall meaning)

Literature: discuss the characteristics of dystopian literature

Literature: using the questions posed in your summer homework assignment, discuss both novels as a group. Today, begin with Brave New World, and tomorrow you will discuss 1984.

Literature: begin work on review projects for Brave New World and 1984 (Divide work.)

 

H.W. Please continue to bring in signed course expectations and donations. Please begin working on your review projects for the two summer reading novels. Review project presentations are due and will begin Friday, August 17.

 

Wednesday, August 15

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

Literature: using the questions posed in your summer homework assignment, discuss 1984.

Literature: work on review projects for Brave New World and 1984

 

H.W. Please bring in signed course expectations and donations. Please continue working on the review projects for Brave New World and 1984. Review project presentations are due and will begin Friday, August 17.

 

Thursday, August 16

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

Literature: work on review projects for Brave New World and 1984

 

H.W. Please bring in signed course expectations and donations. Please complete the review projects for Brave New World and 1984. Review project presentations are due and will begin tomorrow.

 

Friday, August 17

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

Review presentations: teacher visits each group to view review presentations (Remember to email me your presentations so that I can upload them to the class OneNote.)

Writing: examine sample Q3 prompts for Brave New World and 1984, scoring rubrics, and sample essays. As you read the essays, highlight specific parts of the essays that work well for the writer as dictated by the rubric. Assign each sample essay a score using the rubric language.

 

H.W. Examine the scoring rubric and the sample essays. Assign scores to each essay along with a brief explanation (3-5 sentences) in rubric language as to why you believe the essay deserves that score. Also, please bring signed course expectations and donations. Thank you! 

 

Monday, August 20

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

Literature: continue with presentations for Brave New World and 1984

College Essay Writing Tips and Strategies: please visit my website for the link: select one of the links that provides strategies, tips, and examples. Make a list of at least THREE strategies or tips that you believe will be useful to you. Read at least ONE of the sample essays. Explain in your own words why you believe the student was successful and how you see evidence of application of strategies and tips

 

H.W. Please finish your review of the College Essay Writing Strategies websites and making your notes and review of a sample essay. Be prepared to create a draft of a college essay in class tomorrow. If you already have your essay prompts, please bring one to class with you tomorrow. NOTE: Thursday Night is Open House at 6PM! 😊

 

Tuesday, August 21

Turn in signed course expectations and donations J

Writing: create a draft of one of your college essays.

Literature: continue with presentations for Brave New World and 1984

 

H.W. Please create a draft of one of your college essays OR edit a previous draft. Be prepared to turn in a draft of a college essay tomorrow. College essays should be typed. Please print out your college essay to be turned in tomorrow. NOTE: Thursday night is Open House!

 

Wednesday, August 22

Writing: turn in the draft of your college essay

Writing: share your scores from sample essays; discuss structure and format of Q3 essays

Writing: use the prompt given to compose a Q3-style essay for either Brave New World or 1984

 

H.W. Please finish writing your Question Three essay for either Brave New World or 1984. Essays should be hand written. Do NOT type your essays. Essays are due tomorrow. NOTE: Tomorrow night is Open House!

 

Thursday, August 23: Open House tonight at 6!

Writing: peer edit Brave New World and 1984 essays using rubric, and then turn in

Literature: introduction and background for The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Literature: lit circles/reading groups explanation and schedule for reading The Handmaid’s Tale

 

H.W. Begin reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-33. This reading is due by Monday, August 27.

 

Friday, August 24

Introduction to Poetry and Question One (Poetic Device Handout)

Introduction to TP-CASTT (explanation and example): “The Unknown Citizen” by W.B. Auden (1971 Prompt)

Literature: continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale, pp. 3-33.

 

H.W. Please finish reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-33. Be prepared for a reading quiz.

 

Monday, August 27

Reading quiz for The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-33

Literature: class discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-33

Poetry: review of TP-CASTT and complete a TP-CASTT on your own of Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming”

 

H.W. Finish your TP-CASTT of “The Second Coming.” This TP-CASTT is due tomorrow. Also, please continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale. The first reader’s response journal entry covers pp. 3-66. The first reader’s response is due Wednesday, August 29.

 

Tuesday, August 28

Poetry: share your TP-CASTT of “The Second Coming” with your group and then with the class

Literary Circles: touch base with your group to confirm role assignments for tomorrow’s discussion

Literature: complete your reading of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-66 and complete your first reader’s response journal. Also, please prepare your role for tomorrow’s discussion.

 

H.W. Complete your reading of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 3-66 and your first reader’s response journal entry. Remember that you must also prepare your role for tomorrow’s discussion. Be prepared to turn in your first reader’s response journal and to show me your Role sheet.

 

Wednesday, August 29

Literary Circles: conduct your first discussion

Poetry: examine T.S. Elliot’s “The Hollow Men” (read and annotate, and then complete a TP-CASTT)

 

H.W. Complete your TP-CASTT of Elliot’s poem. Please begin your Handmaid’s Tale reading. By Friday, Aug. 31, you should have read pp. 69-106 for a reading quiz and in-class discussion.

 

Thursday, August 30

Poetry: share your TP-CASTT of Elliot’s poem with group and then discuss as a class

Literature: complete your reading of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 69-106.

 

H.W. Complete your reading The Handmaid’s Tale. You must read pp. 69-106 and be prepared for a reading quiz and an in-class discussion.

 

Friday, August 31

Reading quiz for The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 69-106

Literature: class discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 69-106

Literature: touch base with groupmates to confirm roles for Tuesday’s discussion

Vocabulary: distribution of books and complete ALL activities for unit #1

 

H.W. Please continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale. By Tuesday, September 4, you should have read pp. 106-140. Remember that your second reader’s response journal is also due Tuesday and you must prepare your role for the group discussion. Also, please complete ALL vocabulary activities for unit #1. Enjoy your long weekend! 😊

 

Monday, September 3: Labor Day! No School!

 

Tuesday, September 4

Vocabulary: review activities for unit #1 (quiz Thursday)

Literary Circles: group discussions of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 69-140

Poetry: examine some of Margaret Atwood’s poems: “You fit into me” and “Siren Song” (Complete TP-CASTT of “Siren Song”)

 

H.W. Complete any of the TP-CASTT of the poem “Siren Song” not completed in class. Also, continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale. You should have read pp. 143-206 by Thursday. Be prepared for a reading quiz and in-class discussion.

 

Wednesday, September 5

Poetry: 2000 Poetry prompt (Compare/Contrast Siren poems)

Poetry: complete a TP-CASTT of the Siren passage from The Odyssey and possible comparisons that address the prompt. Examine rubric and sample essays. Score sample essays and then discuss with your groups.

Literature: continue reading pp. 143-206 of The Handmaid’s Tale

 

H.W. Please complete reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-206. Be prepared for a reading quiz and in-class discussion. Also, study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz for unit #1.

 

Thursday, September 6

Reading quiz for The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-206

Vocabulary quiz unit #1

Literature: discuss The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-206.

Poetry/Writing: examine poetry prompt and begin composing an essay

 

H.W. Please complete a draft of an essay in response to the poetry. Drafts should be hand written. Do NOT type your response. Feel free to examine the rubric and sample essays for this prompt. Drafts are due tomorrow.

Poetry/Writing: examine poetry prompt and begin composing an essay

 

H.W. Please complete a draft of an essay in response to the poetry. Drafts should be hand written. Do NOT type your response. Feel free to examine the rubric and sample essays for this prompt. Drafts are due tomorrow.

 

Friday, September 7

Literary Circles: touch base with your group re: roles and prep for next Wednesday, Sept. 12

Poetry/Writing: peer edit your poetry essays with your groups, then share as a class, and turn in your drafts.

Multiple Choice: format of questions and strategies

 

H.W. Please continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-255 and complete your third reader’s response journal. Also, please prepare your role for Wednesday’s discussion. No homework due Monday.

 

Monday, September 10

Vocabulary: please complete all activities for unit #2 (due Wednesday, quiz Thursday)

Multiple Choice practice

Literature: continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale, pp. 143-255 (journal and role prep due Wed.)

 

H.W. No homework due tomorrow. All vocabulary activities for unit #2 are due Wednesday, Sept. 12. Vocabulary quiz for unit #2 will be Thursday, Sept. 13. The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-255 reading is due Wednesday, Sept. 12.

 

Tuesday, September 11

Vocabulary: complete all vocabulary activities for unit #2 (due tomorrow)

MC Practice

Literature: continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-255. Third reader’s response journal and role prep for discussion due tomorrow.

 

H.W.  Please continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale up through p. 255. Please complete your third reader’s response and prepare your role for tomorrow’s discussion. Also, please make sure that all vocabulary activities for unit #2 are complete by tomorrow.

 

Wednesday, September 12

Vocabulary: review activities for unit #2 (quiz tomorrow)

Literature: group discussions for The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 143-255

Writing: question two (The Prose Prompt) format, examples, and strategies

 

H.W.  In your textbooks, please read “The Destructors” by Graham Greene, pp. 115-129. Please use sticky notes to annotate the text. Be prepared for a reading check. Also, study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz for unit #2.

 

Thursday, September 13

Vocabulary: quiz for unit #2

Reading quiz! 😊

Literature: discuss “The Destructors” by Graham Greene (focus on literary elements)

 

H.W. For the short story “The Destructors,” complete the questions #1, 2, 3 and 5 on p. 129.

 

Friday, September 14

Literature: continue discussion of “The Destructors”  

Literature: continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-285.

Vocabulary: complete ALL vocabulary activities for unit #3.

 

H.W. Please finish reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-285. Be prepared for a reading quiz. Also, please complete ALL the activities for vocabulary unit #3.

 

Monday, September 17

Vocabulary: review activities (quiz Thursday)

Reading quiz! 😊

Literature: discuss The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-285

 

H.W. Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-311. Complete your fourth and final reader’s response. Also, prepare your role for the final discussion.

 

Tuesday, September 18

Multiple Choice practice

Literature: read The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-311. Complete your fourth and final reader’s response.

 

H.W. Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-311. Complete your fourth and final reader’s response journal. Prepare your role for Thursday’s discussion.

 

Wednesday, September 19

Multiple choice practice

Literature: read The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-311. Complete your fourth and final reader’s response. Prepare your role for tomorrow’s discussion.

 

H.W. Complete your reading of The Handmaid’s Tale pp. 259-311. Complete your fourth and final reader’s response journal. Prepare your role for tomorrow’s discussion. Also, study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz for unit #3.

 

Thursday, September 20

Vocabulary: quiz on unit #3

Literature: final discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale

Writing: examine possible prompts for The Handmaid’s Tale

 

H.W. Select a prompt and create an outline for an essay. Go to the AP Literature website and study the rubric and sample essays for the prompt you’ve selected.

 

Friday, September 21

Writing: compose an essay for The Handmaid’s Tale

 

H.W. Please finish writing your essay for The Handmaid’s Tale. Essay are due Monday, September 24. Essays should be hand written. Do NOT type your essay.