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AP English Language and Composition/English 11
Instructor: Mrs. Colacchio
It is important for students who enroll in an Advance Placement course understand that this course will prepare them for the rigors of college as well as the AP exam and the New York State Regents Exam. As successful completion of this course will result in college credit, it is important that we complete the course necessary for a college-level course. Students will be expected to read and discuss a great deal of literature, write and re-write frequently, and participate in the course in an independent setting. AP courses are considered college and, thus, late work will not be accepted for credit. While students will be expected to work hard, this will not always result in a high grade. Students will be graded objectively on the quality of his or her work. In order to be accepted into this course a grade of 75% or above must be obtained on the required summer assignment. This assignment must be submitted to the Dover high school main office by Aug. 9, 2010- without exception.
- Participation (20% of grade) - Adequate participation means contributing to class in a meaningful way. This includes, but is not limited to, discussions, cooperative learning, in-class writing, and actively engaged listening with thoughtful response. Always treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Quizzes (20% of grade) - All reading quizzes will be included in this grade, as well as material assigned, vocabulary, and anything written on the smart board for the purposes of note taking. Responsible readers use a dictionary to look up words they do not know.
- Homework (20% of grade) - Most, if not all, of the reading for this course will be completed at home. Students must annotate (have a written conversation with the text) and take notes in preparation for the class discussions on assigned reading. If homework is not completed, students will not be prepared for class and this will affect his or her grade.
- Tests (40% of grade) – Students will write in a variety of genres and utilize several stages of editing and revision through peer-editing, writing conferences, and teacher evaluation. Because of the time and effort that goes into these compositions, the finished product will count as a test.
- Attendance- If a student is absent (and excused) it is his or her responsibility to check with me after class or during study hall to find out what is owed and make it up by the end of the week.
- Late work will not be accepted for credit.
I am ready and willing to put forth the work necessary to succeed in this course. I also understand that I am required to submit a signed copy of these expectations in order to acquire the guidelines for the summer assignment, which is due, without exception, in August.
I understand that this course will involve a great deal of effort and time management from my child. I believe that my son or daughter is ready and willing to put forth the effort necessary to succeed in Advanced Placement Language and Composition. I also understand that my child is required to earn a 75% or above on the required summer assignment, which is due, on August 9, 2010.