Ray Gen, Ed.D.
310.615.2662 ext 335
AP English Language & Composition
Welcome to AP Language and Composition. Our goals this year will be to enhance and develop your use, knowledge, and appreciation of both the technical and literary aspects of the English language. You will be required to listen, speak, read, write and think analytically. Our analysis of language and composition will prepare you for the College Board's Advance Placement Exam in May. The study of language and composition will open up to us new vistas on the human condition.
Each week will present new readings and new opportunities for writing analyses.
Essay exams will be given at the end of each unit to demonstrate your mastery of the topic of study.
For each unit of study, you must keep assignments, class notes, handouts, returned work, quizzes, etc. in a notebook. Students need to place a detailed table of
contents at the beginning of each notebook. These notebooks will help you prepare for the AP exam in May.
This major grade is based upon how well you interact with the materials and other students. Each student’s opinion and viewpoint is highly valued. Respect
for each other and the opinion of others is mandated.
Students will be awarded points for every requirement of this class. A grade of zero point will be earned if a student fails to turn in an assignment. Progress reports and the final grade for each semester will be determined by the traditional scale:
100% - 90% A
89 - 80 B
79 - 70 C
69 - 60 D
59 - 0 F
The percentage of the total points possible will determine the student’s grade. The points earned are cumulative for each semester.
1. Each student will come prepared for class having the appropriate materials in his or her possession.
2. Tardies will affect your grade adversely. Tardies may be excused with an appropriate note.
3. Class disruptions are not tolerated. Offenders will be removed from the honors program.
4. Late work will be penalized severely. Assignments are due the day you return from an excused absence.
5. I expect honor, self-respect, and dignity from each student. Plagiarism is forbidden.
6. I always leave substitute teachers with lesson plans and seating charts. Do not be disrespectful. Do not try to take advantage of a substitute teacher.
AP classes are MUCH more demanding than the regular English classes. This class is not a one-year course. This class is the culmination of a four-year program, which is designed for students to earn college credit this year. As a student of the English language, we are preparing you to speak, write, think, and function well within our society. As we enter the new millennium, there will be different challenges and requirements facing you – some of these haven’t even been thought of. With these objectives in mind, you must allocate the necessary time and resources to achieve this goal. Much effort is required to perform well in this class.
My educational philosophy is espoused in this wonderful poem:
“Woman with Flower”
by Naomi Long Madgett
I wouldn’t coax the plant if I were you,
Such watchful nurturing may do it harm.
Let the soil rest from so much digging
And wait until it’s dry before you water it.
The leaf’s inclined to find its own direction;
Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself.
Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding,
Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.