Any student taking this course should possess the ability to perform at a high academic level, and be motivated to exercise higher level thinking skills with rigor and independence. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions and group activities. Many, but not all of the readings will take place outside of the classroom, and the work will require the student to analyze, investigate and clearly respond to the themes, tone, structure and types of writing: essays, plays, prose and poetry. The assumption will be that all AP students will be taking the AP Exam at the end of the school year, and we will cover the material in a manner that will prepare them for this exam. This course is a college level course, and many schools, based on AP test scores, will grant college credit for the class.
Evaluation of the student’s progress will be through both in-class and out of class writing assignments, content tests, AP style tests, close reading assignments, and grammar review in writings.