AP English Language & Composition

Dr. Ray Gen

All things are ready, if our minds be so.
Henry V, William Shakespeare

Your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound reinvention.
Conan O'Brien  (2011)  Dartmouth Commencement

   rgen@esusd.k12.ca.us school    
   raygen@gmail.com home     
   docraygen.aplanguage@gmail.com     assignments only - for google docs
   310.414.9263 (home) phone

   Moodle Online Classroom
   Welcome Video 
   Student Web Pages

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   Useful for our study

  Course Description - College Board  (official description - in pdf)
Class Syllabus        pdf
Close Reading
Close Reading Chart
AP Rhetoric Guide
Literary Terms)
BYU's Guide to Rhetorical Terms
Genre Terms
Language Registers - Video

Language SubSystems
Reading and Writing the Open-ended Essay
Essay Writing Rubric
AP Score Card
Rhetorical Devices
Rhetorical Pyramid
Tabasco (because some like it hot)   (pdf version)
      Lesson 1     Lesson 2
CRAAP Test - Evaluating Sources

Writing Videos

MLA (Purdue - OWL)  What's New
University W. Florida
El Camino MLA Guide pdf
Kyle Stedman  (Rockford College) Video
Gen MLA Citation Video

APA (Purdue - OWL)
APA guidelines (ECC pdf)
APA (Cornell)  
Gen APA Citation Video

CMS published Edition 17 in Sept 2017. Make sure you are looking at CMS 17 resources.
Chicago Manual of Style
Online account access

Chicago (Purdue - OWL) - out of date
Chicago 2 (Williams U) - out of date
Gen Chicago Author/Date (Chicago 2) Video out of date
Gen Chicago Notes/Bibliography (Chicago 1) Video dated

APA vs Chicago Gang Violence

CSE - Scientific Style and Format
CSE Writing Center of Univ. Wisconsin
CSE - Bedford/St. Martin Sample Paper
CSE  Penn State U. 2 styles:   N-Y [name-year]  &
                           C-S [citation-sequence]
CSE - Thompson Rivers U, BC [name/year] pdf
Gen CSE Citation Video
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

List of Manual Styles

Research Guide - many styles
Long Beach State - manuals
   Course resources Sample papers MLA  APA  Chicago1 Chicago 2 CSE

All 5 styles - comparison

List & Links to Colleges    Alphabetic List    By State

College Board: Majors
Applying to Colleges
Costs Comparisons
College Board Tips
UC Admission Stats 2016 2017
Admission Statistics - Parchment
College Navigator - US Gov
Admissions Stats - Cappex
Applications and Admissions Resources

Famous First Lines
How to Write a Term Paper
Sample Literary Paper
Writing Science papers
Peer Response Form
Brief Grammar
Grammar Exercises
Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal     Penn State Pdf      audio       Moodle
The Philosophers
Plato's Republic
 The Communist Manifesto
     Acts 4:34-37; Acts 5
The Prince by Machievelli
Plato/Marx & Engles/Machiavelli  Writing Assignment
Darwin - The Origin of the Species
Donne - Meditation 17 -No man is an island...
Douglass - Narrative of...
Emerson - Nature
Freud - Dreams as wish fulfillment
Montaigne On Cannibals
Stanton - Declaration of Sentiments

Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Benjamin Franklin - Perfumed Farts
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "I Have a Dream"
Gandhi - Speech to Indian Congress
Barak Obama - Convention Speech
Theodore Kaczynski - Against technology
JFK's first inaugural    Moon Speech
Obama's Speech 06.03.08 vs. McCain's Speech 06.03.08




   Class Assignments  
  Course Requirements
Summer Reading
Personal Statements/College Entrance Essays

Descriptive Essay
Process Essay

Final Paper - Fall
Synthesis Essay 1
Abigail Adams
Online Assignment
Sir Francis Bacon
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Quote
Post-AP Projects - Spring
          Greek and Latin - An Introduction to Classical Languages  
   Interesting Articles Pertaining to our Study  




   Rubric Score Approximate translation to
    letter grades for Essays



AP ESSAY Rubric Scoring
9 - Creative writing; virtually error free; unique interpretation of text
8 -
EFFECTIVE; few minor errors; excellent interpretation
7 - Better than Adequate; strong grammar; strong interpretation
6 -
ADEQUATE, solid writing; few major errors; good understanding
5 - Some good points;; some major errors; fair understanding
4 - INADEQUATE writing; grammar errors; decent understanding
3 - Poor writing; major errors; faulty understanding
2 - LITTLE SUCCESS; substantial errors; misunderstanding
1 - Inadequate writing; bone-head errors; did not read the text 
0 - Inappropriate; did not do

9 - A+
8 - A
7 - B+
6 - B-
5 - C+
4 - C
3 - C-
2 - D
1 - D-
0 - F


  AP Multiple Choice 40+       A
39-30    B
29-25    C
24-14    D
1-13      D-
0           F
  Dr. Ray Gen
El Segundo High School
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El Segundo, CA 90245