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    Summer Reading: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.

    The text is comprised of short, fairly lighthearted chapters that will help you dive into critical analysis. If you took AP Lang. then this text will have the added benefit of helping you make the shift. It's a win for everyone!

     

    Supplies:

    A Binder - it doesn't have to be huge, but a binder will work much better than a notebook. 

    Dividers: we'll have bellwork, writing, notes, lit circle docs, etc. and you'll want them sectioned off from each other to assist with studying

    Highlighters - we'll do a bunch of annotating

    Loose leaf paper: College Ruled

    Pens for writing/Pencils for test practice

     

    Independent Reading:

    We will be working together in groups (Lit Circles) for the majority of the time. You will be meeting with your group each week during class and completing an assignment together to work on analytical skills and discuss your reactions to the reading. IF YOU ARE ABSENT for a group meeting, you will be completing the work independently. 

    You will be creating a group presentation based on your reading TWICE during the school year.

    1st Quarter: Any work written BEFORE the 20th century - Min. 250 pages, previously appearing on an AP Lit exam or of established literary merit

    2nd Quarter: Any work written after the year 2000 - Min 250, etc. 

    Some suggestions include:

                        Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

                        Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

                        There There by Tommy Orange

                        Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

                        Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

                        The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

                        Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

     3rd Quarter: Drama: Probably a work by Sophocles.

    4th Quarter: Any work written during the 20th century - Min. 250 pages, previously appearing on an AP Lit exam, Pulitzer Prize, Mann Booker Prize, etc. - The semester will end with a group presentation related to your independent reading (a performance final)

    Part 1: Identity/The Search for Self

    Unit 1: Short Works 

    Day One and Two: Welcome! Syllabus - Procedures - Bloom's Taxonomy, "Does Reading Literature Make Us Better?," "Did I Miss Anything?" - Getting set.

    Week One (Aug. 9 - 13 ):

    Independent Reading Selections - library time on Thursday.

    Short works: "The Story of an Hour," "Girl"

    Discussion :character development happens where? how? - what's the message?

    Week Two (Aug.16 - 20):

    Lit Circles: First group meeting will be Friday - discuss and complete a group reading doc. If you are absent, you will need to complete this on your own.

    Short Works: "The Lesson," "I Spy," "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," "Two Kinds"

    Discussion: 

    Writing Practice: FRQ 3 timed write

    Unit 2: Poetry

    Week Three (Aug.23 - 27):

    Lit Circles

    Poetry: "Good Bones," "To Whoever Set My Truck On Fire," "If You Forget Me"

    Test Practice

    Homework: Terms and Reading

    Week Four (Aug. 30 - Sept. 3):

    Lit Circles: Group Reading Doc - do this on your own if you are absent on Friday

    Poetry: "Ulysses," "The Truly Great,"  "The Unknown Citizen"

    Writing Practice

    Homework: Terms and Reading

    Unit 3: Longer Work of Fiction 

    Week Five

    Week Six

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    esting Guidelines 2020

    AP Student Exam Day Checklist 2020

    Here is the link for YouTube review sessions for AP Literature - these will be live on Weds. March 25 - Scroll down for any access codes you need to participate in learning opportunities

    Mar. 23-27:

    1. Complete Unit 4 Mult. choice and Written Response practice in AP Classroom - finish by Friday

    2. Collaborate with each other to form reading groups of no less than 3, no more than 5 - try to use suggested titles below. The work should be written after the year 2000 and be of substantive literary merit. Email me or use remind if you have a title you'd like to read not listed below. You should get this going right away.

    3. Check for daily enrichment activities on Google classroom beginning Weds. March 25.

    4. Because we all need a laugh - when a joke takes 20 years for the punchline: Germs

    3/26: Watch daily AP Lit review video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSkc6fwIbbo - go to google classroom to work through reinforcement activity.

    3/27: Same as yesterday - watch review session 3 and complete activity for extra credit.

     

    March 30 - April 3

    3/30

    Five Minute Warm-Up

    This is the link to the AP Lit review session - today it is "character complexity" in a longer work - think Streetcar, Hamlet, or any of your independent reading selections. Here is the graphic organizer and the activity related to the review. Submit the activity for points

    Also, many of you have communicated regarding your independent reading groups and the works your groups have selected. I have still not heard from all of you and I need that information please. Please be aware that things remain uncertain at this time - it would be reasonable to assume that your independent reading might be the final "longer work" you will tackle, so don't delay,  get it figured out. On Friday, I will want to see how you've progressed in your reading, etc. So I will be setting up "groups" for each of you to post/discuss your book. Stand by.

    3/31 -

    Five Minute Warm-Up - Analytical types of questions

    Today's review sesssion: Plot Structure. Use the link above to access the lesson. Then complete the EXERCISE as follow-up. The prompt from an earlier exam asks you to write a couple of claims from a text you've previously read, either in class or independently. Make sure to provide commentary to EXPLAIN your thinking. Make the connection.Exercise is due tomorrow in google classroom.

    4/1 and 4/2-  Important!! the speaker/narrator and thesis review sessions are both good. I will post the exercises for each of these, but these activities are OPTIONAL. Friday's session on developing commentary is going to be important. I'll post these as soon as I get them, Friday's activity will be due by Sunday night.

    Review: Longer Work of Fiction or Drama - Speaker or Narrator and practice

    Five Minute Warm-Up - Inferential types of questions

    Review: Longer Work of Fiction or Drama - Writing a Thesis and 4/2 practice 

    4/3 -

    Five Minute Warm-Up - review types of questions: factual, anaytical, technical, or inferential

    Review: Developing Commentary and complete the activity for 4/3 - it allows you to choose from task 1 (essay) or task 2 (outline) - outline might make you happier.

    First independent reading group - chat together on google (under topics) and complete worksheet together - Remembering Major Works

    AP Exam will be FRQ 2: Prose Fiction Passage! Buckle up, kids.

    The plan through April/May: 

    Note: I reserve the right to alter assignments/activities as needed.

     April 6 - 10: All work is due by Sunday evening, April 12

    • Review sessions – AP Live (enrichment – student choice, extra credit practice activities are linked in gogle classroom)
    • FRQ: Prose Passage 1 – Submit to Turnitin.com for feedback - Rubric and Conversion Chart
    • Reading Groups – threaded discussion in google classroom - Identify and explain the use and effect of three literary techniques: (you may either quote or paraphrase your examples, but remember to specify the page number)

    April 13 - 17: All work is due by Sunday evening, April 19

    • Review sessions – AP Live (enrichment– student choice, extra credit)
    • FRQ: Prose Passage 2 - Shirley– Submit to Turnitin.com for feedback
    • Reading Groups– threaded discussion in google classroom - Cite and quote the most significant passage of this week's reading, explaining its importance: (you may use ellipses to abbreviate, but you should not paraphrase)

    April 20 - 24: All work is due by Sunday evening, April 26 

    • Review sessions – AP Live (enrichment– student choice, extra credit)
    • FRQ:The Rainbow – Submit to Turnitin.com for feedback
    • Reading Groups– threaded discussion in google classroom – Identify characterization techniques for the main character AND a minor character. Who are these characters in relation to each other? How does the minor character’s role serve to forward the plot? Are there other characters who also advance the plot or serve to illustrate something important about the main character? (make sure to properly cite your evidence)

    April 27 - May 1: All work is due by Sunday evening, May 3

    • Review sessions – AP Live (enrichment– student choice, extra credit)
    • FRQ:The Beet Queen – Submit to Turnitin.com for feedback
    • Reading Groups– threaded discussion in google classroom – Write two theme statements and two literary claims for your novel. What evidence would you use to support your claims? (provide evidence from the reading, cite page #s)

    May 4 - 8: All work is due by Sunday evening, May 10

    • Review sessions – AP Live (enrichment– student choice, extra credit)
    • FRQ: Moon Tiger – Submit to Turnitin.com for feedback
    • Reading Groups– threaded discussion in google classroom – What literary techniques had the biggest effect on you as you read the novel? What techniques contributed most to shaping the meaning of the work as a whole? What did your group like best? agree about? disagree about? (as always, provide examples when possible) 

    May 11 - 15 - Wrap it up! 

    • AP testing – TBA – dates as I learn them.

     

    Codes:

    Google classrooms:

    3rd per. - csjugra

    4th per. - kahveys

    Turnitin.com: We will use this platform to submit our formal writing for peer-editing, revision, and practice with in-text citations.

    3rd period class id: 21719480

    4th period class id: 21719485

    MyAP Join Code:

    3rd period: NXM2Y9

    4th period: DZV2W3

    Remind 101: We will use this app for messaging and alerts - PARENTS, you are invited to sign up as well. We want everyone to be in the loop.

    Text the codes below to 81010

    3rd per. - @cg376

    4th per. - @c2b9ff

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Also, independent reading for 4th quarter means a novel written after the year 2000. 

    Suggested titles are:

                        

    Important Note about this last independent Reading Assignment - these books may not be readily available in our library. IF YOU CHOOSE to purchase a copy of one of these and then DONATE it to the class after, I will assign extra credit points.

    So, group up and we will set up space for your group to work in google classroom.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Summer Reading for AP Lit: Don't Procrastinate!

    How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

    Here is the link for the most current information regarding AP testing and content: AP Students

     

    Syllabus

     

    Essential Questions:

    How does literature reveal what it means to be human?

    What truths are universal (through time, place, etc.)?

    What makes life worth living?

    Where do we find ourselves in our reading and/or writing?

    Semester One:

    Unit 1  - Thematic Study: Identity - the Search for Self

    Part 1 - Short Fiction

    Part 2 - Poetry

    Part 3 - Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire

    Unit 1 Works 

    Unit 2 - Thematic Study: Innocence and Experience  *note that this unit bridges both semesters

    Part 1 - Short Fiction

    Part 2 - Poetry

    Unit 2 Works

    Independent Reading: one each nine weeks

    1. - Pre-20th Century  - Quotes and Notes due by Sept. 9 (1st half) and Oct. 7 (2nd half) to Turnitin.com

    2. - 20th Century - Quotes and Notes due by Nov. 18 (1st half) and Dec. 16 (2nd half) to Turnitin.com 

    Semester Two:

    Part 3 - Drama: Hamlet

    Hamlet Audio

    Unit 2 Works

    Unit 3 - Thematic Study - Conflict

    Part 1 - Short Fiction

    Part 2 - Poetry

    Part 3 - Novel: Slaughterhouse Five

    Unit 3 Works

    Independent Reading: one each nine weeks

    3. - Drama

    4. - Work published AFTER 2000

    Suggestions: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

                        Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

                        Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

                        There There by Tommy Orange

                        Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

                        Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

                        The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

    Important Note about this last independent Reading Assignment - these books may not be readily available in our library. IF YOU CHOOSE to purchase a copy of one of these and then DONATE it to the class after, I will assign extra credit points.

     

    Handouts:

    AP Study Form (Quotes and Notes) 

    Literary Terms Expansion Assignment - 15 terms Fall, 10 terms Spring                  

     

     

    Grading:

    We do not have category weights in AP Lit.  That means that all points you earn are cumulative. Basic addition.

    For example, a unit test is not worth 20%, it is worth however many points are possible on the test. Please come see me if you have questions!