Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is an advanced placement course that high school students can take in place of the Freshman Composition courses offered at most colleges. The course focuses on rhetoric and argument, most clearly evinced in nonfiction.
Here are the required books for the AP English Language course for 2013-2014:
• Turchi, Peter. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2007, ISBN-13: 9781595340412 …for summer reading (listed is the paperback copy – feel free to get the hardback)
• Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything’s an Argument: with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010, Fifth Edition, ISBN-10: 0312538618 (make sure that you get the Fifth Edition with Readings)
• Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011, Third Edition, ISBN-10: 0312609655 (you must get the Third Edition)
These three required books are due in class on Wednesday, September 4.
For most assignments, students will download their papers to turnitin.com – they may have to set up an account using an email they check often. Here is the class identification number and password for the AP English Language class: 6852587 and Period2
For revisions of these papers, give Mr. Thornton a hard copy, after you have looked at the turnitin.com site for his edits.
Here is the proposed yearly syllabus for 2013-14: AP English Language Syllabus 2013-14
Students are responsible for knowing the following literary terms – a major assignment revolves around these: Literary Terms AP 2013
The Literature Resource Center online database for research can now be accessed by DSA students – the password is denver: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/denv71300?db=LitRC
FALL SEMESTER, 2013-14
Week of December 2, 2013:
Students should bring both textbooks to class on Friday.
Week of November 18, 2013:
Students should bring a hard copy of their research paper draft to class on Tuesday, December 3. Another student will review their paper according to the following guidelines: Independent Novel Edit 2013
Students began reading essays that cover intellectual property. They will have a synthesis argument essay to write regarding this. The articles quoted in this assignment follow: What’s Yours by Ralph Caplan and Victims From Birth by Wendy McElroy and The Internet Debacle by Janis Ian and Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
Week of November 13, 2013:
Bring Everything’s an Argument to class on Tuesday, November 19.
Students will begin a unit on ownership next week. They should read this article by Tuesday, November 19: Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
Next Tuesday, an outline of your research paper is due, in class. It should cover most of your book – be sure to include a copy of your revised prompt.
The instructor highlighted sections of Chapter 13, on style, in Everything’s an Argument; students should read this chapter on their own.
Students started reading the Pollan essay in 50 Essays; they should finish this by Wednesday, in preparation for a quiz. Students should bring Everything’s an Argument and 50 Essays to class on Wednesday.
Week of November 4, 2013:
Here is an assignment to write an essay on a friendship, due next Wednesday: Cause and Effect Friendship Essay
An overview and prompt for the novel research paper is due Friday.
Students spent 40 minutes writing an essay about the Staples’ piece in 50 Essays: Staples Rhetorical Essay
Students on Tuesday also wrote 10+ prompts, ideas, brainstorms, possible research topics for their independent novel papers.
Here is a list of logical fallacies that students should know: LOGICAL FALLACIES
This worksheet is due Friday – use the list posted above to answer the questions: Logic Problems Worksheet
Week of October 28, 2013:
Here is an assignment on description and narration, due next Monday: Narration Anecdote, Sketch, and Essay
For Wednesday, students should read the Staples essay in 50 Essays, started in class on Tuesday. There will be an essay test on this essay next Tuesday.
Week of October 21, 2013:
Students read “The Way to Rainy Mountain” by N. Scott Momaday in class. They started reading “Once More to the Lake” by E.B. White in 50 Essays; they should finish this essay on their own, by Friday.
Students should bring 50 Essays and Everything’s an Argument to class on Tuesday.
Week of October 16, 2013:
There will be a quiz on Tuesday on “Seeing” by Annie Dillard.
Here is the novel assignment and schedule: Independent Novel Assignment 2013
Week of October 7, 2013:
Students read an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors in class, and her “Regarding the Pain of Others” in 50 Essays. For Wednesday, October 16, students should read “Seeing” by Annie Dillard in 50 Essays. For Friday, October 18, students should answer the third prompt on page 128 in their 50 Essays book: Compare Dillard on seeing to Susan Sontag’s discussion in “Regarding the Pain of Others” (p. 373)…. how do they understand the ways in which people see? Do the authors conceptualize the act of seeing as affected more by the person seeing, or the object seen?
One typed page is sufficient for this assignment. Only spend an hour writing this. Submit this essay to turnitin.com.
Week of September 30, 2013:
For Tuesday, October 8, students should write an essay, about one type-written page, explaining a process that they know inside out – it could be a favorite recipe, a technique from their art major, anything that involves steps that require the reader to follow. An example of this process divided into discernible steps is the following piece by Herman Melville: Melville on Process from Typee 2011 Submit this essay to turnitin.com. Only spend one hour on this essay.
Review pages 107-111 in Maps of the Imagination, where the author discusses a scene from one of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s stories. Authors control the release of information in their books. Bring a graphic novel, newspaper cartoon, or comic book – some type of book where the story is told in panels – to class on Wednesday, to work on writing sequence: students must write out in words what is going on in 4-6 panels of a comic or graphic novel. Look at composition of the art – the colors, lines, movement, tone, dialogue – to determine the meaning underlying each panel. Where is the artist taking the reader? This is due in class on Friday, October 4, with a copy of the storyboard that you analyzed.
Week of September 23, 2013:
Students read Bharati Mukherjee’s “Two Ways to Belong in America” in 50 Essays; they should read Richard Rodriquez’s “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” over the weekend. Using Mukherjee’s essay “Two Ways to Belong in America,” students should analyze the strategies of comparison and contrast that the author uses in detailing her immigrant experience versus her sister’s. Use this analysis to compare Mukherjee’s ideas on “assimilation” to Robert Rodriquez’s position outlined in the opening chapter in his autobiography Hunger of Memory. Both essays are collected in 50 Essays. Make sure that you include at least five specific references to each essay. Spend some time outlining your thoughts and deciding on your approach, but try to write the actual essay in under an hour. Submit this essay to turnitin.com.
Here is the Representative Author’s assignment that students will be researching and presenting over the next month: Representative Authors Assignment If students are not in class on Friday, they should contact the instructor for a list of authors to research.
At the end of last week, students read another “moth” essay by Annie Dillard: Death of A Moth by Dillard Here’s Dillard’s explanation of her process in writing and editing this essay: Annie Dillard: How I wrote the Moth Essay
Week of September 16, 2013:
Students will read Petrunkevitch’s “The Spider and the Wasp” in class on Friday. They read Woolf’s essay in 50 Essays and discussed her tone: Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth” and Petrunkevitch’s “The Spider and the Wasp” Here is the assignment due on Monday, September 23: Woolf and Petrunkevitch Essay Submit this essay to turnitin.com.
In order to complete the Woolf and Petrunkevitch assignment, students must know what tone in literature is. This list of tone words might help: Tone Words
Students reviewed the multiple-choice practice test answers.
Week of September 9, 2013:
Students must write a college essay of 300-500 words, due Tuesday, September 17. Your choice of prompt. Write the prompt at the start of the essay, and write your name at the end of the essay. A hard copy of this college essay should be submitted in class, rather than sent electronically. Here is a link to some essay questions posted by the University of Chicago on its website: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/essays/
A list of 100 essay prompts, from various colleges: 100 College Application Essay Prompts
This week students are taking an AP practice exam released by the College Board. The grade for this exam will count in Infinite Campus, but will be weighed at only 10% of the total. The instructor wants students to have a record of their score to refer back to.
Week of September 3, 2013:
Here are the rhetorical approaches that we will focus on through the semester: Rhetorical Classes of the Essay
For Friday, students should read “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua in 50 Essays: Anzaldua-Wild-Tongue
Students finished discussing “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” in 50 Essays on Friday. By next Monday, September 9, on turnitin.com, students should write an essay in which they discuss the various languages that they use in their lives, focusing on at least three different languages. Use the essay by Gloria Anzaldua as a model. Include definition, analysis, and examples of the languages. Consider structuring the essay along the lines of Anzaldua, using epigraphs at the start of sections, while mixing rhetorical approaches.
Next week, students will take an AP English Language practice test. This will cover at least two periods during the week. Many of the multiple choice questions use the following stems: Multiple Choice Stems Here are some tips on writing the AP essay: Writing the AP Essay
Week of August 26, 2013:
The following two articles were discussed in class – one suggests alternative approaches to writing, while the other article distinguishes between rhetoric and style: Alternative Essay Types 2011 and Rhetoric versus Style
This is the summer assignment for 2013-2014: AP Summer Assignment 2013 A hard copy of this assignment is due in class on Wednesday, September 4.
Here is the AP course description – the English Language course is covered in the first half of this pdf, through page 48: AP English Language course description