Ms. Kittelson 2012-2013
Course Syllabi

Grade 9 English
NOTE: The syllabus is Ms. Deaver's. There are a few changes for my Sem II class:

> Beverages other than water are allowed until they become either a distraction or a hazard.
> Please use the restroom during nutrition, lunch and/or passing periods. If you successfully do so for an entire semester you will earn an additional week's worth of participation points.
> Feel free to e-mail me anytime. I will respond within 24 hours and typically much sooner.
> If you are absent for any reason, please come in and see me either before or after school or during nutrition or lunch, in order to turn in missed work and re-establish our bond. Please don't approach me right before class, as I won't have the time or state of mind sufficient to devote myself fully to you.
> If you have a question about something during class, before you outsource your problem-solving to me, re-read the directions and re-think your approach; then, discuss the conundrum with one or more of your neighbors. Explore this progressive option for a few reasons: 1) people learn the most when they are teaching others, so you and your neighbors should practice teaching one another (with my guidance/observance); 2) if people also learn by doing, then you should do and do and do -- trial and error is a wonderful teacher; and 3) I am not the only expert in the room. You should not limit yourself to the confines of my understanding. The room is full of many talented scholars!
> Aside from
To Kill a Mockingbird and a few short texts, which we will read together as a whole class, additional short stories, poems, novels and non-ficiton works will be read in student-led literature circles (and literature partnerships) so that you may be as active and engaged as possible.

Grade 12 AP English Lit and Comp
NOTE: The syllabus is Ms. Deaver's. There are a few changes for my Sem II class:

> Beverages other than water are allowed until they become either a distraction or a hazard.
> Please use the restroom during nutrition, lunch and/or passing periods. If you successfully do so for an entire semester you will earn an additional week's worth of participation points.
> Feel free to e-mail me anytime. I will respond within 24 hours and typically much sooner.
> If you are absent for any reason, please come in and see me either before or after school or during nutrition or lunch, in order to turn in missed work and re-establish our bond. Please don't approach me right before class, as I won't have the time or state of mind sufficient to devote myself fully to you.
> If you have a question about something during class, before you outsource your problem-solving to me, re-read the directions and re-think your approach; then, discuss the conundrum with one or more of your neighbors. Explore this progressive option for a few reasons: 1) people learn the most when they are teaching others, so you and your neighbors should practice teaching one another (with my guidance/observance); 2) if people also learn by doing, then you should do and do and do -- trial and error is a wonderful teacher; and 3) I am not the only expert in the room. You should not limit yourself to the confines of my understanding. The room is full of many talented scholars!
> The texts will likely include poetry by Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, John Keats, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Luis J. Rodriguez and Billy Burgos; plays, including
Waiting for Godot and Death of a Salesman (if you haven't already read it); novellas and novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Heart od Darkness, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Don Quixote, and others from a menu of texts that appear frequently on the AP exam. Several of the aforementioned texts may be read in student-run literature circles.
> Students will complete creative projects that show their ability to integrate medium and theme and also to see a text through the lens of a renowned philosopher.
> The weighting of grades during Semester II will change slightly. Quizzes and Participation will each be 15%.

Recommended reference texts:

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

Barron's AP English Literature & Composition, 4th Edition