Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Estancia High School
12th Grade AP Literature and Composition

Course Expectations

Instructor: Mr. Conlay

Room #: 245
Office Hours: Period 6


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I received my teaching credential in Language Arts and my BA in English with a Minor in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine.

Course Description: (From the College Board)

"The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone." -The College Board

Along with our preparatory work for the AP test in May, our course will consist of a survey of British and world literature.

Course Texts: Prentice Hall, The British Tradition; Various novels, poems, and plays

Major Assignments:

All major assignments will correspond to the Writing Applications and Listening and Speaking Applications standards which can be found here.

Outside Reading
In addition to the regular course work done in and out of class, students must read and report on at least 750 pages (minimum of two texts) per semester.

Attendance and Tardies: Attendance is very important for this class. Most of the assignments done in class are contingent on previous class work/discussions and build understanding for future activities. Students who miss class will find it difficult to progress with the rest of the class and comprehend future assignments. Students are responsible to find out what assignments (in and out of class) they missed. It is not the teacher’s responsibility to inform students of missing assignments.

Students are expected to be present and on time to class every day. In accordance with NMUSD’s tardy policy, a student will be marked tardy if he or she is not in his or her seat when the bell rings. Four tardies will equal 1 absence. If you have more than 10 absences, you will receive a deduction of five percent for each additional absence from your final semester grade.

Academic Responsibility: Students are expected to follow ethical standards in preparing and presenting material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and is used to determine grades. Such standards are founded on the basic principles of honesty and integrity (consequences for cheating or plagiarism will be administered in accordance with the NMUSD Academic Integrity Policy).

Discipline: NMUSD is committed to providing a learning environment that allows for the productive interaction of teachers and students in a safe, non-threatening environment—an environment safe from abuse, prejudice, and violence. Students should be prepared to demonstrate the desirable qualities of self-discipline, commitment, and cooperation and to assist the school in promoting and maintaining acceptable social and moral standards of conduct.

Departmental Policy Regarding Late Student Work
Homework: Late work will not be scored. Late work may be turned in to avoid the academic penalty for missing assignments.
Academic Penalty: Five percentage points will be deducted from your final grade for every two missing homework assignments.
Major Projects/Essays: Major projects and/or essays will be accepted up to a maximum of 2 days after the original due date. Twenty percent of the total points possible for that particular assignment will be deducted from the earned credit each day a major project/essay is late.

Required Materials:
  • Pens and Pencils: All written assignments must be completed in either black or blue ink. Occasional scantron quizzes and tests will require #2 pencils.
  • Paper: Students must bring their own standard size college-ruled notebook paper.
  • Binder: Students will keep a binder for class assignments.
  • Outside Reading Book: Students will choose a grade level appropriate outside reading book to bring to class everyday.

Grading Policy: The grading scale is as follows:

97-100%= A+
94-96.9%= A
90-93%= A-
87-89.9%= B+
84-86.9%= B
80-83%= B-
75-79.9%= C
60-74.9%= D
0-59.9%= F

Please read through the course expectations and use the contact information to address any questions or concerns.

Thank You,

Mr. Conlay

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