1.0 Credit

This course is designed to prepare students to earn college credit in introductory English and to help students develop the critical thinking skills of interpreting, evaluating, and analyzing a text. Students will use writing as a tool for developing and presenting their own understanding of the basic elements of rhetoric, with emphasis placed on developing a mature personal writing style. While this course primarily focuses on non-fiction texts, some short fiction and poetry may be incorporated into the thematic units.

As described in the College Board 2010 Course Description:
• Students will write for a variety of purposes and audiences including an informal journal or discussion pieces. researched essays of argumentation correctly integrating and documenting primary and secondary sources. essays to analyze selected texts for author’s rhetorical strategies and techniques. meta-cognitive reflections on their own development as writers.
• Students will develop their abilities to write essays which establish an insightful thesis. Develop the thesis with relevant, specific details from a variety of sources. demonstrate a logical organization within and among paragraphs of the essay using repetition, transitions, and parallel structure. use an appropriate, wide-ranging vocabulary. include varied sentence structures. use and maintain an appropriate voice.
• Students will improve their skills in revision and editing of their own writing, including their abilities to develop a concise and insightful thesis. evaluate the relevance of details for inclusion. revise organization of sentences, paragraphs, or the essay as a whole to improve clarity. modify word choices to make them more effective. balance generalizations about the text with specific details from the text.
• Students will evaluate a variety of sources for relevance, credibility, and tone. • Students will analyze graphics and visual images as text.

1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Assignments and Assessment
4- Understanding Plagiarism
5- The AP Exam
6- AP Multiple-Choice Pre-test
Handout: Multiple Choice Pre-test
Handout: Answer Sheet
Assignment: AP Pre-test
7- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
8- MLA Documentation updates
9- MLA Citation
10- MLA Incorporating Sources
11- Writing about Literature

2- Writing/Editing Review
1- Using the Right Words
2- Grammar and Punctuation
3- Writing for the AP Exam
4- AP Exam Rubric

3- Editing
1- Editing Strategies
2- Proofreading
3- Organization
4- Usage and Sentence Structure
5- Spelling
6- Finished Paper
Worksheet: Editing Strategies Worksheet

4- Basics of Rhetoric
1- SOAPSTone Method
2- SOAPSTone continued
3- Basics of Rhetoric
Handout: Note Taking Rhetoric
Assignment: Rhetoric notes
4- Argument and the Rhetorical Triangle
5- Practice
Assignment: SOAPSTone practice

5- Close Reading: Becoming an Active Reader
1- Critical Reading
2- Tools for Close Reading
3- Practice
Assignment: Close Reading Practice
4- Analyzing Images
5- Practice
Assignment: Analyzing Images Practice

6- Using Research in Your Writing
1- Research Writing
2- Synthesis Essay
Handout: Writing a Synthesis Essay
3- Determine the Topic
4- Evaluate the Sources
Assignment: Argument Outline
5- Check Yourself

7- Identifying Rhetorical Devices
1- Beyond Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
2- Practice

8- Power of Words
1- How We Communicate
Assignment: Journal
2- The Art of Conversation
Handout: The Art of Conversation
Assignment: The Art of Conversation
3- Conversation in a Technical Age
Handout: Conversation in a Technical Age
Assignment: Conversation in a Technical Age
4- AP Synthesis Essay
Essay: AP Synthesis Essay
5- Cause and Effect Essay
Essay: Cause and Effect Essay
Quiz: Verbs and Verbals

9- Education
1- Defining Education
Assignment: Journal
2- How Much Education
Handout: How Much Education
Assignment: How Much Education
3- “Fixing” Education
Handout: “Fixing” Education
Assignment: “Fixing” Education
4- AP Synthesis Essay
Essay: AP Synthesis Essay
5- Personal Narrative
Essay: Personal Narrative
Quiz: Nouns and Pronouns Quiz

10- AP Exam Practice
1- Multiple-Choice Exam

11- Work and Leisure
1- Work Ethic
Assignment: Journal
2- Benefits of Hard Work
Handout: Benefits of Hard Work
Assignment: Benefits of Hard Work
3- Benefits of Hardly Working
Handout: Benefits of Hardly Working
Assignment: Benefits of Hardly Working
4- AP Synthesis Essay
Essay: AP Synthesis Essay
5- Description Essay
Assignment: Description essay
Quiz: AdjAdv Prep & Conj

12- Censorship
1- Defining Censorship
Assignment: Journal
2- Censorship and Society
Handout: Censorship and Society
Assignment: Censorship and Society
3- Censorship and Technology
Handout: Censorship and Technology
Assignment: Censorship and Technology
4- AP Synthesis Essay
Essay: AP Synthesis Essay
5- Process Essay
Essay: Process Essay
Quiz: Phrases and Clauses quiz

13- Individual in Society
1- Conformity versus Individualism
Assignment: Journal
2- A History of Rebellion
Handout: A History of Rebellion
Assignment: A History of Rebellion
3- The Needs of the Many
Handout: The Needs of the Many
Assignment: The Needs of the Many
4- AP Free Response Essay
Essay: AP Free Response Essay
5- Comparison Essay
Essay: Comparison Essay
Quiz: Subject Verb Agreement quiz

14- Being American
1- A Changing Country
Assignment: Journal
2- On Race
Handout: On Race
Assignment: On Race
3- On Religion
Handout: On Religion
Assignment: On Religion
4- AP Free Response Essay
Essay: AP Free Response Essay
5- Definition Essay
Essay: Definition Essay
Quiz: Case Quiz

15- Cult of Celebrity
1- Defining Celebrity
Assignment: Journal
2- Famous for Being Famous
Handout: Celebrity Culture in America
Handout: Famous for Being Famous
Assignment: Famous for Being Famous
3- Celebrity as Role Model
Handout: Celebrity as Role Model
Assignment: Celebrity as Role Model
4- AP Free Response Essay
Essay: AP Free Response Essay
5- Classification Essay
Essay: Classification Essay
Worksheet: Punctuation Quiz

16- Research Project
1- Avoiding Plagiarism
Assignment: Avoiding Plagiarism
2- Conducting Research
3- Evaluating Sources
4- Thesis Statements
5- Style
6- Final Assignment
Essay: Research Essay

17- Course Review and Exam Preparation
1- Final Portfolio & Reflection
Essay: Final Portfolio
2- Exam Preparation
3- Multiple-Choice Post-Test
Handout: AP Multiple-Choice Sample Exam
Handout: Answer Sheet
Assignment: Multiple-Choice Post-Test

18- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Handout: Course Survey
Assignment: Course Survey