AP Literature and Composition

Greetings! Welcome to Ms. Moore's contact page for AP Literature and Composition. Below you will find basic course information through the course syllabus. Please refer to GOOGLE CLASSROOM for all daily lesson plans, homework, and other course information. The following are codes for students joining google classroom: Block 5: 4fcqb5 Block 7:m0euw5 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH-LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION SYLLABUS

Carolyn Chase

Kristen Moore



Office hours: After school from 3:30-4:00 in A117, during planning periods (blocks 2, 6, and 8 in A115) by appointment.

Office hours: After school from 3:30-4:00 in A111, during planning periods (blocks 3, 6, and 8 in A115) by appointment.

The purpose of Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is to provide the able, motivated student an opportunity to do college-level work in high school.  As an AP English student you will be petitioning colleges for credit (via the AP Literature and Composition Examination given each May). Thus, the content and objectives of this course align with freshman course offerings at universities and colleges.  Students are expected to do substantial outside reading and research.  Skillful time management and self-discipline are needed to succeed in this class.  Our study of literature will go far beyond the mere enjoyment of the piece. Students are expected to study, write and talk extensively about each piece of literature.  This is a course for students who enjoy reading and writing, not necessarily because they like what they are reading, but because they want to explore (and write about) what a specific work has to offer.   All writing and reading will emphasize critical analysis.  Specifically, students will study and complete the following:

  1. Literature analysis (novels, plays, poetry and short stories) Students will work with approximately eight major, complete literary works in addition to a comprehensive study of poetry and prose analysis.

  2. Major works review guides and motif trackers for each significant unit of study—these will be the major component of your portfolio.

  3. Composition (timed essays, as well as out of class writing) *You will keep a writing portfolio, which will be part of your 1st semester final project and a required part of the rolling portfolio checks.

  4. Oral communication (class discussions, graded discussions, individual performances).

  5. One independent work project per semester - students self-select texts of literary merit.

  6. A final portfolio (each semester)—this will be checked as we go along—you will end each semester with a complete project.


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Points will be awarded for each graded assignment. An A in this class represents superior work—work that in every aspect approaches perfection, is beyond mere regurgitation, hints at creativity and strives for originality while meeting all specific instructions and requirements (of a given assignment). I will often offer revision opportunities, so take advantage of this. Many things in class can be revised to show mastery of content; you are welcome to come and talk to me individually about re-doing an assignment, even if I have not officially offered the opportunity.


Attendance is a requirement of this class!  Be here each day on time. If you know you are going to be absent, you are responsible for getting your class work before your absence date.  If you have an unexpected absence, check the website AND see me as soon as possible.  For unexpected absences it is also your responsibility to make up work in a timely fashion.  I will not seek you out; you are a senior in high school and it is your responsibility to seek help when you feel you need it.


Students can access course information through the Lakewood homepage, and all daily assignments and agendas will be posted on Google Classroom.  We will do our best to keep our websites up to date with assignments and important documents. However, the websites can never be used as a substitute for class or as an excuse for not completing an assignment.  Sometimes, when our needs shift, we will make changes in class that are more up to date than what is listed on the website. Students should plan to get the information they need first and foremost in class.

Turning in Work

All deadlines must be strictly abided by in order to receive full credit.  If a long term assignment or project (an assignment you have known about for a long time) is due and you are absent, regardless of the type of absence, it is still due that day. If it is something that can be emailed, simply email proof to your teacher that you have completed it if you are out for an excused absence. For projects that cannot be emailed and you have a legitimate reason to miss class on the due date, discuss creative ways to show proof of its completion (i.e. sending a photo).  If you are sick, you must email the assignment to your teacher to show proof that it is completed AND bring a hard copy to school the next day. We will not print out your work for you. Please advocate for yourself. If you are truly struggling or overly stressed about an assignment, just come and talk to your teacher! Extensions are never out of the question, but you must be proactive. It is more difficult to brainstorm solutions if you see your teacher after a due date, versus communicating in advance.

Late Work: Late work (with no prearranged agreement) will be accepted but at a penalty.  For each calendar day the assignment is late, 10% will be deducted from the student’s score (2 days=20%, 3 days=30% etc.).  No more than 50% of the student’s score will be deducted.

Make-up Work: Students will have the district allowed two days per every one excused absence to make up both work.  Timed writings especially need to be made up in a timely manner.

Gradebook notifications: We will work to keep our gradebooks as up to date as possible. Some assignments take longer to assess than others. All work that is missing, regardless of the type of absence, will be marked in the gradebook as an “m” for missing until the student turns in that assignment.  Students will be able to see how the absence of those points will affect their grade.

Daily Class Requirements

Bring to class each day: an AP notebook with paper, pens, highlighters and your planner or other calendar.  In addition, you will need a copy of the texts we will be studying. Preferably, you will purchase a copy, new or used so you can annotate.  If you are unable to purchase a copy, you can check them out from a library or, in some cases, download them from the internet, or see your teacher for a copy.  We will provide you with copies of the plays, short stories and poetry. You will also have the opportunity to choose both an independent novel and play which you will present to the class.  Participation is important! This is a discussion based class.

Novels we will study: (subject to change and not necessarily in this order)

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood                   

Plays: (subject to change)

Hamlet by W. Shakespeare

The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Independent play and novel: specific information will be given in class.

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