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Sigonella Middle/High School

Vision Prepare successful life-long learners, leaders, and global citizens Course Instructor Location AP Language & Composition LAC614-001 Roger Corey Bldg 216, Room 172

Contact Information DSN: 624-3264 Email: roger.corey@eu.dodea.edu Course Description AP English Language and Composition is a college class taught in a high school classroom and is designed to culminate in the AP Language and Composition Exam. The course is designed for students willing to accept an intellectual challenge and is intended to engage higher order analytic thinking and writing skills. Students will evaluate primarily nonfiction readings of recognized importance and styles. In addition, the critical examination of the contextual relationship among graphics and visual images to text and as standalone messages will be mastered. Readings will be challenging, complex, and rich; collegial discussions among the students will deepen their understanding of the use, structure, and impact of language embodied in a work. Students will become experienced in writing expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. They also will learn to use primary and secondary sources in addition to learning multiple methods to cite sources. Essay prompts mirroring the demands of the AP exam will be a frequent form of evaluation. Though the system has an open enrollment policy, students enrolled in AP Language and Composition should expect a more intense workload than in a standard English class. This course is the equivalent of an introductory college level composition class with college level requirements. It is intended to be both rigorous and challenging. Course Goals: Students will: • Actively participate in group discussions and critique prose styles selected from a range of disciplines and rhetorical contexts written during various time periods. • Apply the writing process to interpret, experience, evaluate, and emulate examples of high quality writing leading to the development of “stylistic maturity.” • Write expository, analytical, and argumentative assignments and manipulate compositions to account for varying audiences, contexts, and goals. • Use language effectively in both the personal and academic realms. • Critically examine the contextual relationship among graphics and visual images to text and as standalone messages. • Assess and incorporate primary and secondary sources into research projects and cite all sources appropriately. • Learn the critical skill of synthesizing information from their readings to produce a fresh perspective.

Sigonella Middle/High School
Vision Prepare successful life-long learners, leaders, and global citizens Materials: Students will use The Riverside Reader, Elements of Literature, and a variety of other selected readings. Method of Evaluation: Traditional evaluation tools will be employed in the course, to include written work, tests, journal work, quizzes, oral presentations, and class or group participation. DoDEA Grade Scale: 90 - 100 = A 80 – 89 = B 70 – 79 = C 60 – 69 = D 59 or below = F • AP Students who take the AP Composition Exam in May will receive a weighted grade for the course.

Expectations: Students are expected to participate in class, demonstrate courteous behavior, use effective time management, and to produce quality and timely work. Attendance: Students are expected to attend class. Part of the course grade derives from evidence of participation and collaboration in the form of in-class activities and short written responses. Students cannot make these up later because they reflect a group experience that cannot be duplicated by an individual. Written assignments: must be typed in 12pt font, double-spaced, on one side of the page only. All work should be turned in on time. Late work will be graded as follows: 1 day late = HALF CREDIT. Two days late = NO CREDIT. Plagiarism: is using another person’s thoughts and accomplishments without proper acknowledgment or documentation. It is an unacceptable offense. Written work submitted by a student that contains plagiarized material will receive a 0. Goal: All students, by June 2013, will improve writing skills, the ability to express ideas using organization and precise vocabulary across the curriculum, as measured by the selected system-wide and school based assessments. Contact Information: Please email or call me at the above number if you have any questions. Thank you. For information on the Collegeboard website visit: apcentral.collegeboard.com

Sigonella Middle/High School
Vision Prepare successful life-long learners, leaders, and global citizens