Homework Assignments

  • Look, it's your homework. 
  • AP Language & Composition
    • Book Report #3 (due 3/6)
    • Get The Things They Carried by Friday (2/21) 

    • VOCAB:

    o   Loaded questions

    o   Red herring

    o   Ad hominem

    o   Straw Man

    o   False Dilemma

    o   Hasty generalization

    o   Post hoc ergo propter hoc

    o   Bandwagon

    o   Misuse of statistics

    o   Appeal to false authority

    Posted by J Coito
  • Film
    • Movie Review #3 (due 3/6)
    • NEW STUDENTS: Register for our class on turnitin.com ASAP! Make sure you submit a hard copy of your movie review AND a digital copy to the appropriate dropbox on turnitin.com!
      • Per. 1 Class ID: 21905112
      • Per. 5 Class ID: 21905149
      • Per. 6 Class ID: 21905158
      • Enrollment key for ALL CLASSES: essaysarefun
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 10:44 AM by J Coito
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Class Announcements

  • SUMMER ASSIGNMENT: A letter to 2019-2020 AP Language & Composition students

    Dear Student,

    Welcome to AP Language and Composition! This course is intended for students who enjoy reading/writing and who would like to improve their skills in analysis, writing, and speaking. If you typically rely on study guides (Spark Notes, Shmoop, etc.) to assist you with homework, or if you sometimes do not complete homework assignments, THIS IS NOT THE CLASS FOR YOU. The following reading assignment will be due on Friday, September 6th.

    The Assignment:

    PART 1: Read and annotate the following texts:

    1.       The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    2.       Black Boy by Richard Wright (There are two versions of this book; make sure you get the one that has two parts: “Southern Night” and “The Horror and the Glory”.)

    3.       On the Road by Jack Kerouac


    If you borrow a book, please use sticky notes for your annotations. If you need to return the book before school starts, transfer the sticky notes to binder paper organized by page number/chapter. In order to receive credit for these annotations, you must cite the page number for each note and identify which edition of the text you read.

     In addition to earning a grade for your annotations, a multiple choice test based on these texts as well as in-class essays will figure heavily into your first quarter grade. You will also be evaluated on your participation during class discussions centered on these works. Use the attached Close Reading and Annotation handout to guide you as you read, and, if needed, see me ASAP for examples of annotated texts.


    PART 2: Vocabulary

    Identify 50 vocabulary words that you believe are important to know and/or you could potentially use in your own writing and speech. At least 30 of the words should come from the literature listed above. The remaining words can come from either those works or something else you read over the summer. For each word, provide the part of speech, the correct definition based on context, the sentence the word is used in, and a citation showing which text the word is from. Number each word. Here is an example:


    1) supercilious (adj.) behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others


    “Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner” (The Great Gatsby 7).


    Your vocabulary list should be typed using a readable 12-point font.


    PART 3: “Book Review”

    For each of the three texts, type me a one page “book review” in which you explain your overall evaluation of the text. Questions to consider: How did you (or didn’t you) connect with the text? How did it remind you of other literature you have read? On an analytical level, which part(s) of the text seemed most thematically significant or powerful? Which parts from the text resonated with you or provoked a response from you as you read? Would you recommend this book to a friend? One typed page per book should work for this. This is your chance to showcase your abilities as a writer and demonstrate that you thoughtfully read each book.


    If you feel intimidated by the requirements of this class, please consider withdrawing your application before the end of the school year since you may not be allowed to transfer out of this class when school begins in August. Please come see me in C-2 if you have any questions.


    And finally, enjoy the reading and your summer!



     Mr. Coito


    Regarding Close Reading and Annotation


    To grasp the full meaning of a piece of literature, it is important to read closely – to interact with the text as you read and reread it.  Close reading helps you get beneath the surface of the text to those bottom layers, where all the good stuff resides.  As you read closely, it is helpful to annotate – to underline or highlight significant sentences, to circle and define unknown words, to make note of how the text reveals the author’s purpose, tone, themes, symbolism, and other literary/rhetorical devices.  Annotating also helps prepare you for writing assignments and discussions based on the text.


    Here are some tips for close reading and annotation:


    Close Reading

    §  Pre-read the text to understand the basic plot, meaning, etc.

    §  As you pre-read, look for patterns and repetitions, recurring elements of the text including images, phrases, and situations. Why has the author used these repetitions?  What is their significance?

    §  Identify passages that strike you as highly significant and explain why.  How does the passage contribute to the characterization, themes, symbolism, etc.? How does the passage contribute to the overall meaning? 

    §  Consider how the text relates to other texts you have read.

    §  Read the text in context.  Take into account the time period in which it was written and/or set, the literary period (Romantic, Realist, Modern, etc.), and the social and/or political atmosphere. How does the author reveal these contextual elements in the literature? Does the author reveal a particular position on an issue? How does the author accomplish this?


    Now that you have pre-read the text, it is time to annotate.



    §  Circle phrases you find pithy, represent repetitive themes or images (motifs), and/or contain figurative language. Make a note in the margin explaining why they are important.

    §  Circle unfamiliar words, and define them in the margin.

    §  Bracket important sections of text, and make a note in the margin explaining their significance.

    §  Underline sentences that stand out or make some sort of point.

    §  Connect important ideas, phrases, or words with arrows.

    §  When you mark the text in any way, provide an explanatory note so that it makes sense when you come back to it.

    §  For the sake of finding particular passages during a class discussion, it is helpful to number the paragraphs of a short story.




    (Adapted from “Close Reading and Annotation” by Rolf M. Gunnar)

    Posted May 28, 2019, 9:12 AM by J Coito
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