A.P. Literature and Composition ~ 12th Grade


AP British Literature and Composition is the culmination of English studies at Woods and follows the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description published by the College Board. It is designed as a rigorous freshman college/university course that "engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature" (45). By the end of the year, you will have studied works written in several genres by British authors from the Anglo-Saxon period to modern day and will have written extensively and critically on what you have read.



Remote Instruction Notes

  • AP students will occasionally be required to meet with me during office hours, asynchronous days, and/or Wednesdays.

  • See standards outlined below.


Please note that unlike other years, AP and English IV learners are combined into one class. Therefore, AP students are expected to take charge of their learning experience as much of the work is to be done independently. Along with the regular English IV coursework and expectations, students enrolled in AP Literature will:


  • Engage in a course of independent writing and reading. 

  • Conference regularly with me to assure that they are fulfilling their potential and achieving their learning goals.

  • Jump into classroom discussion and leadership roles without being prompted by the teacher. 

  • Avidly participate in, and sometimes lead, classroom discussions.

  • Occasionally separate from English IV to work with other AP students. 



Please note that annotation guides are required for each book that we read inside and outside of class. You are responsible for retrieving and filling out these guides. Please do not expect me to initiate this process for you. 




Grendel, John Gardner 

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Selected Elizabethan Sonnets 

Selected Gothic Short Stories 

Mexican Gothic - Sylvia Moreno-Garcia 

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë 

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Selected Romantic Poetry 

Selected Victorian Poetry

Selected Bloomsbury Group Novels

Selected Symbolist and Modernist Poetry 

To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf



Remote Instruction Notes

This course requires each student to have regular access to an  internet connection and laptop or computer. Please let me know if this will be a problem for you and I will make accommodations. 


This course will often allocate the use of laptops and even cellphones. If a student owns a personal laptop, I suggest regularly bringing it to class. However, note taking, bell ringers, and other writing exercises must be composed using pen (or pencil) and your notebooks. Laptops and cellphones are only to be used during specific activities with instructor permission. Outside of these designated times, cell phones and laptops should be stowed in backpacks and out of sight. Please refrain from checking emails, using social media, or texting. Repeated patterns of disruption will not be tolerated. 



Remote Instruction Notes

I will use google classroom to assign readings and daily work, Students will also engage with a variety of online platforms, including (but not limited to) Flipgrid, Padlet, Loom and Goodreads.  


Almost all of your assignments (with the exception of annotations and journal assignments) should be turned in electronically through google classroom. Google classroom assignments range from literature circle and book club work, in-class warm-ups, mini-projects, long-term essays as well as discussion and reading questions.



Remote Instruction Notes

Synchronous instruction will allow time for group discussion and activities. Students will complete written assignments during asynchronous, independent work time. 


Students should expect to complete the majority of the assigned reading outside of class. It is highly recommended (and in some instances, required) for students to take notes, highlight, and “sticky note” the text as they read. All other homework assignments will vary on a day-to-day basis. Homework (both electronic and hard copy) is due at the beginning of class. 



Remote Instruction Notes

All work––including journal assignments––will be assigned via google classroom.


Students will keep a journal where they will take notes and respond to prompts throughout the year. These journals may be collected periodically. 

A journal entry will be awarded the maximum points if it fulfills the following two criteria:

      1. The entry is complete (all steps in the directions have been responded to), and

      2. The entry is written with high standards (an obvious attempt has been made to dive deep), and you have generated at least 250 of your own words in response.


Grammar, spelling, and punctuation will NOT be factors in awarding points in this journal. You are free to express yourself without concern for standard English conventions.


Students will use observations from annotations, class notes, and other classroom documents to write essays that interpret and analyze the text. Student writing should examine literary elements, analyze the author's craft, and illuminate themes within the text that reveal a truth about the human experience. Formal essays will closely resemble free response questions from past AP tests. 


Timed Essay Assessments:

  • Hand write  an essay, 2-3 pages, college ruled 8 x 11 paper, black or blue ink

  • Present an argument that adequately answers the given prompt—a.k.a. Your opinion, not a summary

  • Incorporate textual details and examples from the text

  • Include observations of the book's literary devices, structure, style, themes, etc.

  • Turn in your annotations


Independent Essay Assessments:

  • Write a 3-4 page essay

  • Abide by the standards presented in the assignment rubric 

  • Present an argument—a.k.a. your opinion, not a summary

  • Incorporate textual details and examples from the text

  • Include observations of the book's literary devices, structure, style, themes, etc.

  • Follow the MLA Format guidelines outlined in class

  • Submit the essay to the google classroom assignment

  • Turn in your annotations


Please see the A.P. essay grading rubric posted on our google classroom for more details. 



Remote Instruction Notes

Quizzes will occasionally be given during remote instruction time. They will test the student's ability to critically respond to the text at hand. As per usual, quizzes are student generated. 


Reading quizzes will assess the quality of student reading. Students are to create quiz questions that are informed by the factual and analytical aspects of the text. Student questions will be formulated into bi-monthly quizzes. Make-ups for tests and quizzes must be made up within one week of the original date of the test or quiz. 



Remote Instruction Notes

  • See the standards outlined below. 

  • Also note: Please, please, PLEASE send all late work to me via email. Google classroom does not notify me every time a student turns an assignment. 


All assignments must be turned in by their scheduled deadline. If a student would like to receive credit for a late assignment, they may do so for half credit. Essays that are not turned in on time will receive a 25 point deduction for every day that they're late. I will not accept any work from the previous week. This rule, of course, does not apply to students with certain accommodations. 


Please, please, PLEASE send all late work to me via email. Google classroom does not notify me every time a student turns an assignment. 



  • Contact a classmate to find out what you’ve missed and receive homework instructions.

  • Check google classroom for deadline updates or homework (may be subject to change)

  • If all else fails, you’re welcome to email me. I’d love to help you, but I can’t promise that I’ll see/reply to your email in time. Typically, I respond to emails sent during the week within a 24 hour time frame

  • The day that you’ve returned from your absence, you should:

  1. Personally deliver your your late work to me.  Please do not put late work in the class outbox, my office mailbox, or on my desk 

  2. See me for extra copies of classroom materials, if applicable

  3. Make arrangements with me to take any missed quizzes/tests during lunch



Trimester Categories

T1: 30% Classwork and Homework: 40%

T2: 30% Essays and Tests: 45%

T3: 30% Engagement: 15%


No Final!

Midterm: 10% 

Senior Project: 10% of your T3 grade



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined below. 


Students will receive a bi-weekly participation grade. Grades are determined by the following criteria: 

  • Respect

  • Self-Awareness

  • Contribution

  • Preparation

  • Participation



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined in the Technology section of the syllabus.


To ensure success, students will rely on their notes, homework, class supplies, and the current reading. Failure to have all of the necessary materials and supplies each day will result in a loss of credit. Students are required to attend class each day ready to learn, which includes having all of the following items:

  • Pencils and pens (black or blue ink)

  • Spiral or composition notebook dedicated to solely to English 

  • Planner/homework diary

  • Binder or section in binder dedicated to English 

Students should have all of the necessary materials and supplies by the end of the first week of class.



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined below. 


Grades are entered and updated on a regular basis. I encourage students to be responsible for keeping up with their grades on powerschool. Questions and concerns concerning a student’s powerschool grades are welcome.



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined below. 


Students must demonstrate academic integrity in this course by: 1) completing all assignments to the best of their ability, 2) completing assignments independently (unless otherwise noted), 3) avoiding plagiarism in all its forms, and 4) avoiding cheating, such as copying from other students or by obtaining answers for assignments in advance. All assignments must be turned in with a minimally acceptable level, even if half credit is earned because of lateness, in order to receive a grade for the trimester.



In compliance with the disciplinary actions outlined in the school handbook, the penalty for plagiarism and cheating will be a zero for the assessment or assignment; furthermore, students will receive a minimum of two detentions. 


Plagiarism is defined as taking credit for another’s ideas or words without attribution. Plagiarism and cheating for any assignment will result in a 0 grade for that assignment.


Cheating is defined as falsifying one’s academic work or assisting another student to falsify academic work. The following are examples of cheating:


  • ●  using hidden notes, copying from another student, or helping another student during an assessment or in­ class essay.

  • ●  giving assessment questions or answers to a student from another class or obtaining assessment questions or answers from students in another class. ●  stealing assessment questions or answers

  • ●  changing answers, comments, or grades on an assessment already graded

  • ●  copying from a student or allowing another student to copy homework (unless collaboration is explicitly encouraged for the particular assessment or assignment)

  • ●  using technology in any way to share assessment questions or answers with other

  • students, or to communicate with other students during an assessment



Feeling overwhelmed, confused or stressed out? Maybe you want extra feedback on a rough draft, or you have questions about a grade on an essay? I’d love to sit down with you and offer my help. Schedule an appointment to see me during lunch or after school. You’re also welcome to drop by. Just don’t wait until it’s too late!  



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined below. 


Each month, you will choose a British novel from to read outside of class.  Students will select a book from the College Board reading list as a form of independent study. Your novel will be written by a writer who is British and/or considered to be a part of the British literary tradition. Secondly, your novel will also be listed on the College Board’s list of A.P. novels. 



Remote Instruction Notes

See the standards outlined below. 


You will complete a timed write assessment for each novel that you've read. Unlike inquiry essays, these assessments receive a letter grade that corresponds with the AP nine point scale rubric.


 The deadlines below are tentative and subject to change as the year progresses. You are responsible for turning in an annotation sheet with each essay. 


10/2 - British novel of your choice 

12/4 - Shakespeare play of your choice 

2/5 - Novel from the Romantic period (1718 - 1837) 

4/9- Novel from the Victorian period  (1837 - 1901)