• Mr. Parker




    Welcome to Pre AP English! This year will be packed full of literature and writing, so be prepared to read some great plays, novels, essays, and articles and to become a fabulous writer by the end of the year.


    In this course, you will be expected to put forth your best efforts at all times. Therefore, you need to come to class with your assignments read and homework done, ready to discuss your opinions with classmates. By the end of the class, you will have gained new reading skills, new writing skills, and new vocabulary to apply to both. You will be an expert at various strategies to tackle fiction and non-fiction alike, and you will be ready for AP Language and Composition and the AP test next year.

     Your success in this course is not simply defined by the grade you receive every nine weeks.  It is defined by how much you are pushing yourself to learn new things so you may grow as a thinker, reader, speaker and writer.  It is about being reflective about your learning, making adjustments, and authentically doing the work.  The student who takes this approach to her learning will undoubtedly come out stronger and will have shown more growth and progress than the student who is only concerned with their letter grade.


     General Learning Objectives for English 2:

    -Demonstrate ability to write in the three AP modes: synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argument

    -Use peer editing to provide constructive criticism to classmates and use such criticism to improve writing.

    -Use advanced sentence structure and syntax techniques.

    -Demonstrate understanding of grammatical structures and use them correctly and appropriately to improve writing.

    -Read and interpret complicated texts based on understanding of the elements of writing (i.e. syntax, rhetorical strategies, figurative language, and literary elements).

    -Participate in whole class readings and discussions of texts.

    -Recognize and analyze complex themes that cross different texts.

    -Produce writing that reflects an interpretation of the text, based on class discussions and individual interpretations.


    AP Language Skills and Objectives:

     1. Rhetorical Situation –Reading:Explain how writers’choices reflect the components of the rhetorical situation (exigence, audience, writer, purpose, content, message)

    2. Rhetorical Situation –Writing: Make strategic choices in a text to address a rhetorical situation (introductions, conclusions, audience's values)

    3. Claims and Evidence –Reading: Identify and describe the claims and evidence of an argument. (claims, evidence, thesis, qualifications, counterarguments,etc.)

    4. Claims and Evidence –Writing: Analyze and select evidence to develop and refine a claim.(paragraphs with claims, evidence: defensible thesis, counterarguments)

    5. Reasoning and Organization –Reading: Describe the reasoning, organization, and development of an argument.(line of reasoning, organization of text)

    6. Reasoning and Organization –Writing:Use organization and commentary to illuminate the line of reasoning in an argument.(transitional elements, development)

    7. Style –Reading: Explain how writers’ stylistic choices contribute to the purpose of an argument(diction to create tone, syntax for organization, grammar for clarity)

    8. Style –Writing: Select words and use elements of composition to advance an argument( create tone/voice; clarity and concision, standard usage and mechanics)

     AP Literature Skills and Objectives


    1. Explain the function of character (perspective, changeability, foils, nuances and complexities)

    2. Explain the function of setting (textual details, character and setting)

    3. Explain the function of plot and structure (sequence of events, structure, significance of events, conflict)

    4. Explain the function of the narrator or speaker (point of view, detail, diction, syntax, reliability)

    5. Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbols (literal, figurative)

    6. Explain the function of comparison (similes, metaphors, personification, allusions)

    7. Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of part or all of a text (claim, evidence, thesis, commentary, control of language)


    Texts for English 2:

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf



    Shakespeare's The Tempest

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Awakening

    This list is subject to change and/or additions. You also will be asked to choose an additional independent reading choice from an approved list in the spring. I will provide this list to you ahead of time to insure that you have time to procure it. Some approved choices will be available in a class set, as well.


     Grading: Students will be evaluated on their analysis of a variety of literary texts and poetry. Students will compose original* essays (written both in class and out of class), participate in literature-based assessments, and create original (& creative) small group projects in order to demonstrate their connection to the literature.  


    • 60% Major Grades: tests, projects, presentations, major writing assignments, etc.
    • 40% Minor Grades: AP MC quizzes, HUB discussions, vocab activities, lit. activities, etc. 


    Late Policy: late work submitted within 2 days of due date receives a maximum of 70

    Retake Policy: 2 retakes on major tests per cycle.