Sherwood High School
Supplement to the SHS English Resource Book
Table of Contents
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COURSE 3
COURSE OBJECTIVES 3
UNIT INFORMATION 3
CONTACT INFORMATION 4
Writing the In-class Essay / AP Exam Essay Responses 5
How to approach in-class essays and essay responses on the AP exam 5
Other considerations and suggestions 5
Important terms used in essay prompts 6
Generic Open Essay Rubric 7
AP Essay Score Conversions 9
Writing the AP Take-Home Essay 10
Scoring Take-home Essays 10
Guidelines for Take-home Essays 10
Literary terms 12
Literary forms 20
Language Terms 21
How to Read and Interpret a Poem 25
“Tone Word” List 26
Taking the AP English Literature and Composition Exam 27
Student Tips for AP English Test Preparation 27
Scoring the AP Literature and Composition Exam 28
Works cited in Free-Response Prompt #3 30
Works from SHS English curriculum 1970-2010 30
Most Frequently Cited Titles 1970-2010 (six or more citations) 32
Shakespeare plays cited 1970-2010 33
Classical Greek literature cited 1970-2009 33
All titles cited 1970-present (including years cited) 35
Welcome to your senior year and what I am certain will be an exciting and challenging class. As an AP course, this class involves rigorous college-level work. The reading is extensive and demanding; the writing is frequent and requires an independent, critical mind.
What follows is an overview of course content, expectations, and grading policies for AP English. Share this syllabus with your parents.
AP English is a college-level literature and composition course, following the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. A heavy emphasis will be placed on writing the interpretive/analytical essay, an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition examination. Students should anticipate a minimum of one in-class writing every two weeks and one formal paper every three weeks. These writings will generally grow out of our analysis and discussion of the literature we are reading; prompts will often be adapted from past AP English Literature and Composition exams.
In addition, students will keep a class journal. This journal will be a place to respond informally to the literature that we read as well as to respond to specific questions in quick-writes that we will use as a foundation for class discussion.
It is expected that all AP English students will take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam in May. Consequently, we will spend time preparing and practicing for the exam throughout the year. For students who do not take the AP exam, this course will appear on their transcript as “Accelerated English 12.”
At the completion of three trimesters, it is expected that students will be able to:
The following is a provisional reading list for the year. This list is subject to change. Some works may be substituted and/or added as we move through the year:
In addition to the above readings, we will be studying vocabulary using the text Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots, Level VI. These will be available for purchase from the book depository.