Nightly reading will often be paired with exploratory journal assignments that will serve as a starting point for our in-class dialogue.These assignments may include free writing, annotation, response/reaction paragraphs, and imitative exercises.
We will work on developing those skills over the course of the year.
Reading: Students will spend a great deal of time, both in and out of class, on the close reading of texts.
Unit I: The American Dream v Paired readings: “Chicago,” Carl Sandburg (poem) “Find Work,” Rhina P.
Espaillat (poem) “The Cry of the Children,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning (poem) “Mammon and the Archer” by O.
Students will have a variety of written assignments, ranging from reading responses to formal essays.
In addition to critical writings, students will be assigned a few creative and interpretive assignments to help further their understanding of a particular genre or style.
Formal papers will be divided between expository and persuasive assignments.
These will include a poetry explication, compare and contrast essays, character analyses and argumentative essays.
Students will develop critical thinking skills and rhetorical strategies that will familiarize them with college-level discourse.
The AP Literature and Composition Exam will be administered in May.