Perhaps the greatest adjustment you will have to make in order enjoy success in thisclass is time management. While we will certainly focus on passages and smallerchunks of texts in class, you must complete the majority of the reading outside of theclass. It is essential that students read every assignment thoroughly and deliberately.When you enter class, I will require evidence that you have actively read the texts. Youare required to annotate the texts you purchase, and affix reading notes to texts that Iprovide. More information on this requirement will be provided later.Reading is due on the first day of each week. You will need to plan your time, asliterature courses require far more reading than other courses.
The College Board explains that writing’s purpose in the
Advanced Placement Literatureand Composition
classroom is threefold. Students are to write to experience literature.Students are to write to interpret literature. Lastly, students are to write to evaluateliterature. In other words, through different writing activities we will be enhancing ourability to “clearly, cogently, and even elegantly” respond to, analyze, and makeconclusions about a piece of writing’s meaning and value.Critical papers and creative writing will be worked on in the context of a writingworkshop. You will be expected to extensively draft, revise, and conference during classtime in order to enhance your ability to write about literature. Feedback regardingsentence structure, grammar, punctuation, organization, selective use of detail, writingwith voice, diction, etc. will be delivered at the point of need in the workshop setting, aswell as in my commentary on returned papers. Explicit instruction about any of theabove skills will be given when I feel the majority of the class will benefit.With that in mind, here are the types of writing assignments you should expect:
– As I’ve explained, you will be required to provide proof of youractive effort to comprehend both the ideas and style inherent in individual texts.Annotations are due on the day we begin discussion of a text.
– You will be asked to write several critical papers in which youexplicate, or unfold, a shorter work, passage from a longer work, or a novel orplay in order to reveal a close textual analysis of theme, structure, style(figurative language, imagery, symbolism, tone) and/or social/historical values by focusing on the author’s use of language and literary devices. Other criticalpapers will ask that you evaluate a work based on its literary merit orsocial/historical value. *
– You will be asked to create several pieces of creative writing,in order to get inside and explore the styles of different authors, periods, andgenres. *
Digital Video Composition
– We will also be creating various digital videos