AP Literature

AP Literature and Composition

Ms. Kelly Hayes, Room C119

 (505) 243-1458 ext. 60250


Welcome to the new school year! I am excited to have the opportunity to work with you this year, and I look forward to learning more about you. Together we will work toward furthering your education and ensuring your success in AP Literature and Composition. You will be expected to work to the best of your ability and behave in a courteous and respectful manner at all times. By working together, I am certain we will enjoy a challenging and rewarding school year!

Course Description

This course is designed to meet the rigorous requirements set by the College Board and to prepare students to take the Literature and Composition AP Exam in the spring. You will read, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of literary works, and you will also demonstrate your understanding of the texts through regular timed writings. For more information about the AP Literature and Composition course, you may read the course description from the College Board website: “The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.”


Please be aware that you will be expected to complete required reading and writing assignments as homework almost every night. Not completing the required reading and writing assignments will greatly inhibit your success in AP Literature and Composition and on the AP exam in May. If you are not willing to dedicate an average of 15 hours a week to studying and preparing for this course, please consider taking English 12 instead.

Materials Needed for the Class


Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing by Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs

Course Novels

In addition to smaller works, we will read several of the following literary works throughout the year:


Brave New World by Huxley

The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas and Maquet

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

Death of a Salesman by Miller

Jane Eyre by Brontë

Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver

Song of Solomon by Morison

The Tempest by Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Brontë


While most of these literary works are available to checkout from the bookroom or in your textbook, I suggest you purchase your own copy if possible so that you may annotate directly into the book. You may also download digital copies of the texts to your electronic reading device such as a smart phone, tablet, or electronic reader. Please note that if you use your electronic device for anything but academic purposes, it will be confiscated and turned into the office as per school policy.

Supply List

You are expected to have supplies with you in the classroom at all times. Be sure to replenish supplies as necessary.

  • Large 3-ring binder
  • 3-ring loose-leaf college-ruled notebook paper
  • 5+ notebook dividers
  • 2 dark blue or black ink pens*
  • White-Out
  • 2 red ink pens for grading
  • 3×3 inch Post-It Notes
  • Green, yellow, and pink highlighters
  • 1 computer flash drive
  • 1 box facial tissue or a roll of paper towels


*Assignments done in anything other than blue or black ink will not be graded.



Your notebook will be divided into five sections:

  1. Notes
  2. Handouts (Toolbox)
  3. Returned Papers (Organized by date)
  4. Timed Writings (Organized by date
  5. Blank loose-leaf notebook paper



  • All class assignments must be written on loose-leaf notebook paper in dark blue or black ink.
  • All assignments are due on the assigned date.
  • All assignments must arranged by date in the appropriate section of your notebook.
  • If plan to be absent on a due date, you must make arrangements to turn in your work prior to the due date. 
  • Late work will not be accepted!

Course Requisites


Course Objectives and Addressing Common Core State Standards

In addition to the expectations set by the College Board, students are also expected to practice the following Common Core Anchor Standards daily:

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

You may find a complete list of the Common Core State Standards here.


Instructional Methods

I use a wide-variety of instructional techniques to facilitate learning. My lessons are rigorous and fast-paced, yet they are also designed to meet the needs of all students. Methodologies may include lectures, visual presentations, and class discussions, as well as hands-on approaches such as close reading and annotation, small group activities, research projects, computer-based learning and presentations, and a variety of artistic interpretations of material. Using a variety of methods gives every student the opportunity to be challenged, yet successful.


Assessments and Grading Scale

Assessments will take a variety of forms in this course. Since this is an AP course, timed writings will be a regular occurrence. Traditional assessments such as tests, quizzes, and homework will also be used in addition to performance-based assessments such as projects, presentations, and group work. This variety of assessments will allow you to demonstrate your strengths while working toward academic success.  Grades will be based on a percentage system using the following scale:

100 – 90%                                A

89 – 80%                                   B

79 – 70%                                   C

69 – 60%                                   D

59% and below                   F

In addition to the assessments listed, you will also be required to take state and district mandated assessments. Preparation for these assessments and dates will be provided when available.


Course Agenda and Description

*Please note that this is a tentative outline of this course and may be changed as deemed necessary by the instructor*

Grading Period: 1st 6 Weeks

This section will introduce you to a number of analytical approaches important in the study of literature, along with guidance for writing informative and well-focused essays based on these approaches.  The curriculum is designed to help you fulfill two goals of composition and English courses: 1) to write strong essays and 2) to understand and assimilate great works of literature.


Grading Period: 2nd 6 Weeks

This grading period will begin an in-depth study of the elements of fiction. Specifically, we will study characters, point of view, setting, style, tone, symbolism, allegory, and theme. We will read prose fiction, drama, and poetry, and analyze the effect the elements above have on each genre of literature.


Grading Period: 3rd 6 Weeks

We will begin this six-week grading period by studying the various schools of literary criticism. Since the second six weeks focuses on how to analyze the various elements of literature, the third six weeks will focus on how to use different lenses to change the way you think and write about literature.


Grading Period: 4th 6 Weeks

We will start the second semester of the year by taking a closer look at poetry, focusing on diction, imagery, figures of speech, tone, prosody, form, and symbolism. We will also study elements of drama, including the tragic and comedic forms, realism and nonrealism, and film.


Grading Period: 5th 6 Weeks – 6th 6 weeks

We will spend the majority of this six-week period studying and preparing for the AP Exam and your final exam in May.


*For a more detailed outline of the year, required readings, assignments, and due dates, please visit the class Edmodo site.



AHA School Website: http://aha.aps.edu/

The Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Information about the PARCC assessment: http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-assessment

Edmodo Login: https://www.edmodo.com/


Course Expectations, Policies, and Procedures


Take responsibility for your own learning by mastering these skills:
1. Attend class and actively participate.

ü  Complete assignments and homework on a daily basis

ü  Track grades Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue

ü  Verify grades posted in my classroom.

2. Listen, read, and follow direction

ü  Listen carefully

ü  Read directions thoroughly

ü  Answer questions completely

3. Use Agenda and binder as organizational tool

ü  Record assignments on a daily basis.

ü  Keep all graded work in your binder.

4. Write in complete sentences and show your work.

5. Turn in work on due date

ü  No late work is accepted

ü  Follow proper procedure for obtaining make-up work in class.

6. Work to learn!



The best way to contact me is by email, however you may also call me at the school at (505) 243-1458 ext. 60250 and leave a voicemail. In an effort to increase communication between you, your parents/guardians, and myself, I will also use the Remind program to send text message reminders directly to your phone. To sign up to receive the Remind messages, follow the directions on this page.


Attendance/Tardy Policy

When the final bell for class rings, you must be in the classroom. I strictly follow the published AHA attendance policy. If you reach the maximum number of unexcused absences/tardies under the policy, I will notify administrative personnel for a parent conference or WF from my class.


Missed Assignments/Exam Procedure

If you will be absent from school for two or more days, your parent or guardian is encouraged to notify the school so that assignments may be collected and sent to you at home.


Credit for make-up work is permitted for all absences. When absences are anticipated, you are to contact your teacher(s) so that you may make arrangements to complete work that will be missed. It is your responsibility to inform your teacher(s) that you will be absent and to request any and all make-up work.


Once you have returned to class, all make-up and alternative assignments must be completed within the number of school days equal to or less than the number of school days you have been absent.

Class Participation

All students are expected to take an active part in the learning environment of the classroom. This means coming to class on time and being prepared to learn.


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any attempts to plagiarize or cheat will result in the automatic loss of credit for all students involved. Additionally, parent contact and a referral to the administration are options that will be used at the teacher’s discretion. Any additional occurrences may result in being dropped from the class.


This syllabus is a tentative outline of this course and may be changed as deemed necessary by the instructor.

The expectations I have for you are the same as the expectations you will find throughout the APS system, in colleges, other post-secondary educational institutions, social environments, and the workplace.  Our goal is to help you acquire skills you can use for a lifetime.

You may contact me by email at kelly.hayes@aps.edu. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you,

Kelly Hayes


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