Advanced Placement Literature (Hybrid)
Instructor: Mr. Bickle
Remind Code (parents and students please join!)
About This Course
AP Literature is a college-level English course, with all the challenge that entails. The texts we read are selected because of their depth and complexity, and, as such, nothing we do together will be “easy.” However, I FULLY trust and believe in your ability to achieve all the goals of this class and more. You are more capable than you may even realize, and I want to show you this by challenging your limits.
- Students will learn to write according to the expectations of the AP curriculum and Exam. This will include an understanding of rhetoric, citation, and thorough analysis of literary text.
- Students will read a variety of complex creative literary texts to include poetry, short fiction, plays, and novels. Students will learn key aspects/conventions of each genre and period of the literature they read in this class, including social/historical context.
- Students will collaborate in order to generate meaning from complex texts.
The course focuses on an intensive study of representative works from various literary genres and periods. The focus is on the complexity and thorough analysis of literary works. The students will explore the social and historical values that works reflect and embody. The textual detail and historical context provide the foundation for interpretation: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature. Writing to evaluate a literary work involves making and explaining judgments about its artistry and exploring its underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation, and argument (e.g. expository, analytical, and argumentative essays). The writers will develop stylistic maturity: strong vocabulary, sentence variety, and effective use of rhetoric to maintain voice. An AP syllabus will be submitted and approved by College Board.
Students will need:
- Internet Access
- laptop/PC (preferred) or smartphone
(Face to face)
School Closure Information for Face-to-Face students
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it may become necessary to close down the school for a 2-week period. If this occurs, we will continue holding the class. The only difference is that face-to-face students will do fully online work on Canvas during this time. Most of our assignments/materials will be located in Canvas regardless, so this will not be a drastic change, but please be prepared for the possibility of totally online work.
Communication: For both online and face-to-face, it is essential that students and parents remain in constant contact. I urge students AND parents to join my Remind using the codes above, as this is the most direct and instant means of contacting me. I will be sending out reminders for due dates, assignments, and various other updates through Remind, and it is in your best interests to check it AT LEAST once daily. Please DO NOT hesitate to ask me any questions or voice any concerns via Remind. The only “stupid” question is one that you don’t ask.
Professional/Academic Comportment: “Comportment” is a word for how you carry yourself, i.e., your behavior. One of the main goals of school is to train you to behave appropriately at college, work, and other serious professional settings. As such, you are expected to behave so in my class. This includes many things: Be punctual. Be respectful of others’ emotions and ideas, even if you do not understand/agree with them. Use language appropriate for a serious, academic setting. Take pride in your work. These are just a few behaviors/habits that fall under the blanket of professional comportment.
Academic Honesty/Rigor: I will not lie to you: this class will not be easy. To call it “easy” would discredit the great work you will do. It is my goal never to lower standards; instead, if you need help reaching those standards, I can offer it. This requires you to try your best. It is okay to make mistakes! That is how we learn. You will only cheat yourself by taking shortcuts such as copying another’s work. If I find that you have plagiarized, you will receive ZERO credit for the assignment in question. I am pretty good at finding this out, so be safe and don’t try it at all. Your grade will thank you.
COVID-19 Precautions: Face-to-Face students must abide by all requirements in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes the CONSTANT and CORRECT wearing of face masks covering mouth and nose, regular, thorough hand washing, and maintaining a safe distance of 6 feet from others at all times. Desks/classroom spaces will be set up to accommodate these restrictions, but we can only stop the spread of this virus if we work together.
Late Work: Work turned in late is subject to a deduction in points. Each day will result in a deduction of 10% of the total grade; for example, an essay that normally would have received an 85% would be automatically reduced to a 75%. Work turned in more than 4 days late will be given a zero.
Technology Policy: We will be using technology a great deal in this class. It must be used responsibly. For my in person students, this means to use your cell phone, computer, etc. only for relevant and appropriate applications during class time. For my online learners, this means to be responsible, professional, and serious in your use of the technology we use to conduct our class.
40% Summative Assessment (Major Essays/Projects, Exams, etc.)
30% Formative Assessment (Class discussions, Quizzes, etc.)
20% Classwork (Daily work/assignments)
10% Homework (reading logs, poetry responses, etc.)
Thank you, both students and parents, for all that we will achieve together this year. This may very well be the most bizarre year in the history of American public education, and it will undoubtedly bring even more challenges in the days ahead. However, with challenges come chances to prove our excellence, and I firmly believe that, with support and understanding, we will come through these hard times stronger than ever. Please be safe, and be well