Curriculum Night 2015- Mrs. Dierig

English II Honors and AP Language and Composition

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Planning Period: 6th (1:33-2:25pm)

English II Honors (1st, 2nd, 5th)

Curriculum: SpringBoard- A Pre-AP Program

Unit 1: Cultural Conversations

Embedded Assessments

  • Reflective essay on cultural identity
  • Synthesis Essay on cultural perspective

Unit 2: Cultural Perspective

Embedded Assessments

  • Non-fiction narrative
  • Argumentative essay

Unit 3: Cultures in Conflict/The Book Thief

Embedded Assessments

  • Research project/paper
  • Literary Analysis

Unit 4: Dramatic Justice/Much Ado About Nothing

Embedded Assessments

  • Oral interpretations
  • Thematic essay

Homework load: students will be bringing home the tail end of assignments, reading for next day assignments, or writing prompts on a regular basis

  • Bi Weekly study on vocabulary (Vocabulary Workshop Level E)- culminating in tests every other Friday
  • Book project will be in the 4th quarter- focus on novels found on the AP Literature list


Homework 10-40 points Classwork 10-50 points Participation Activities 10-15 points

Quizzes 20-100 points Tests 50-200 points Projects 100-200 points

More Information:

AP Language and Composition (3rd and 4th)

This course will strengthen the effectiveness of students' writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments. It will also help them to become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods.

Course Outline:


Students have all be assigned logins to blackboard. I will keep this site updated for their purposes, as well as post assignments and resources. They will also submit work and possibly take tests on this site as well. Grades will still be collected in IC.

AP Test: May 11th @ 8:00 am

Students should register at to receive their scores in July.

Test format:

52-55 multiple choice questions- 1hr - 45% of score

3 Free Response Questions (essays) - 2 hrs 15 minutes - 55% of score

  • 15 minutes of reading of sources and prompts
  • 120 minutes to write all 3 essays (Synthesis, Rhetorical Analysis, Argument)
  • Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
  • Rhetorical Analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer’s language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
  • Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

**All students will take the test, whether they take it for credit or in/out of class**

Homework Load:Not necessarily every night for next day turn in, but there is something they can be doing on a daily/every other day basis to prepare for the class/exam

  • Vocabulary (tests bi weekly)
  • 115 Vital terms for AP Success (literary and rhetorical terms- are currently tested every week for 4 weeks and again at various points throughout the year)
  • Reading- novels will be assigned and all reading/assignments will be completed outside of class; tests, writing, or projects will be assessment format
  • Reading of essays or writing pieces


Compositions, Projects, Tests 50%

Quizzes, In-class writings etc… 30%

Homework, Participation 20%