A. P. Language & Composition

Mr. J. D. Wilson, Jr.

A. P. Language and Composition 11th Grade

Room 205, (508) 291-3510, ext. 205

e-mail: jwilson@wareham.k12.ma.us

"You must read, Alice, before it's too late. You must fill your mind with the converted images of the past: the more the better. . . . These images, apart from anything else, will help you put the two and twos of life together, and the more images your mind retains, the more wonderful will be the star studded canopy of experience beneath which you, poor unfortunate primitive creature that you are, will shelter." Fay Weldon Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions." John Stuart Mill

"He who knows only his side of the case knows little of that." John Stuart Mill

The Nature of the Course

Stuff We Will Read

Stuff We Will Write

Sites to Check Out

Calendar of Events

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The Nature of the Course:

In this course you will learn how to analyze literature in its three primary forms, poetry, prose, and drama. You will then learn to express your thoughts and opinions on what you have read. Much of your professional lives will be spent responding to written or verbal forms of communication so it follows that the ability to read, understand, and communicate your understanding is a valuable skill to possess and develop, even if, God help you, you never read another line of great literature. It is our aim to teach you to express your thoughts, impressions, and opinions so that the average reader can understand them. You will be expected to write cogent essays that are well developed and defended that successfully persuade others of the validity of your thoughts. This does not mean you have to persuade others to think like you. It does mean that others, even if they do not come to share your view, understand the merits of your view. As you study literature the awareness should strike you that there are many "right" answers to the issues discussed. What is important is not that you reach some sanctioned conclusion, but that your conclusions are defensible. It is a further aim that you learn to understand and write about different points of view. To fully understand your own point of view you must know, and to a certain extent understand, opposing points of view.

This is the first goal of this class, and the second is like unto it: to develop critical thinking skills. The first step in this process is to understand our own thinking. "What do I think about this and why do I think it?" are questions we must constantly ask ourselves. It is a presumption of this class that writers write to, among other things, express ideas and communicate points of view. Hopefully the process of analyzing ideas and different points of view will expand, or even change, our thinking on the issues the various authors raise. To understand the ideas a work of literature expresses it is helpful to understand and appreciate the forms they use. For example, why did the author write a sonnet instead of an ode? It is also important to be able to assess a works artistic merit. It is important to remember that it is possible to recognize the artistry with which a poem or story is written without personally "liking" it. It is also important to recognize how authors use the various literary devices to tell their stories. As a result of pursuing these two sets of goals you should come to understand literature, its artistry and craft.

Stuff We Will Read:

August 30 - September 7 - Introduction to Literary Analysis, Native American Literature & The Narrative of Frederick Douglass


September 7 - October 26 - The Last of the Mohicans


October 27 - November 29 - Walden


December 5 - January 10 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn



January 17 - January 20 - First Semester Finals


January 11 - January 18 - Short Narratives


January 20 - February 3 - The Crucible


February 6 - March 9 - The Great Gatsby

March 9 - "Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby"


March 16 - May 17 - Light in August


May 19 - June 8 - Their Eyes Were Watching God


June 7 - June 13 - Second Semester Finals (Dates Depend on Snow Days)

Essay the Situation

August 31 - “Democratic Education”


September 9 - “That It Is Madness to Judge the True and the False from Our Own Capacities”


September 19 - “Of Friendship”


September 27 - “On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer”


October 5 - “Self Reliance”


October 14 - “History”


October 24 - “The American Scholar”


November 1 - “Civil Disobedience”


November 9 & November 21 - “Walking”


December 1 - “Life Without Principle”


December 9 - “On Natural Law”


December 19 - “Consolation to His Wife”


January 5 - “Poe's Review of Slavery in the United States”


January 17 - January 20 - First Semester Finals


January 13 - “Of Vicissitude of Things”


January 24 - “Cargo Cult Science”


February 1 - “Are Women Human”


February 9 - “Letter from Birmingham Jail”


February 17 - “Attitude”


March 6 - “On Noise”


March 14 - “Young Hunger”


March 22 - “Familiar Style”


March 30 - “Review of Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne”


April 7 - from The Apology


April 25 - “The Haunted Mind”


May 3 - “We Have No Right to Happiness”


May 11 - May 19 - “Notes of a Native Son”


May 30 - “Going Home Again”


June 7 – June 13 - Second Semester Finals (Dates Depend on Snow Days)


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Stuff We Will Write:

Research Paper

Must be at least five pages in length with at least two bibliographic citations.


Thesis statement, and bibliography due by September 15.

Outline due by September 23

First draft due for peer review October 12.


Final draft due October 20.


Rewrite due October 28.


Literary Analysis Paper

Must be at least five to six pages in length with at least one bibliographic citation.


Outline, thesis statement, and bibliography due November 17.


First draft due for peer review January 3.


Final draft due January 11.


Rewrite due January 20.


Internet Project

Part One due January 11.


Short Essay Analysis

Must be six to eight pages in length with citations from at least five different sources.


Paper is to include a works cited page that properly identifies the sources of the citations used in the paper and a bibliography that references all the outside reading done in researching your pa-per. The bibliography should be of significantly greater length than the works cited page and is to include at least fourteen items that were studied in the course of researching your paper.


Paper topic due January 30.

Thesis statement due January 7.

Outline and bibliography due February 15.


First draft due for peer review March 10.


Final draft due March 20.


Rewrite due March 28.


Personal Essay

Must be at least four pages in length.

Topic due April 5

Outline due April 14.


First draft due for peer review May 17.


Final draft due May 25.


Rewrite due June 3.


Internet Project


Completed project due May 25.

Presentations of projects to the class begin June 5.


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Readings for the Week:

Day One 05-30: - Their Eyes Were Watching God, chaps. 10-12 & “Going Home Again,” from the handout.



Day Two 06-01: - Their Eyes Were Watching God, chaps. 13-14.



Day Three 06-02: - Their Eyes Were Watching God, chap. 15-17.



Day Four 06-03: - Their Eyes Were Watching God, chaps. 18. Finish book by

06-18.

Blog Comment Due – 06-03

Nightly Reading Journals - 06-07

Reading Quiz – 06-07 (Chapters 10-20 of Their Eyes Were Watching God summaries and analyses of Emperor Notes are due plus the quiz question on the essay "Going Home Again". )

Final Exam – 06-15

for

Their Eyes Were Watching God

, there will be a cumulative question on the test asking you to compare and contrast one book from the first semester with one book from the second semester.


Vocabulary Journal – Done

Vocabulary Quiz – Done


Personal Essay based on the picture you were assigned Phase V - Rewrite is due 06-05; (remember I need your final draft by 05-30 if you are to be eligible for a rewrite).

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