English IV Language AP
Postmodern Fiction: Breaking the Frame

REQUIRED TEXTS: Norton’s Anthology of Postmodern Fiction , Corder ‘s Handbook of Current English, John Gage’s The Shape of Reason, Kane & Peter’s Writing Prose

Trimester One: Revisiting History; Revising Tradition

Summer Reading: Tim O’Brien’s Things They Carried,
Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country

Drama:Hamlet,Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Excerpts from Norton’s Anthology of Postmodern Fiction

Composition: One Library Report (choose one summer reading book)
One Close Reading (of one summer book of your choice)
Two Compare/Contrast AP Essays; Two Explication AP Essays
One Free Response Persuasive Essays (on summer book of your choice)
Writing Focus: Thesis&Support (Solid Evidence/ Textual Details)

Vocabulary: Literature Vocab in Context; Literary Terms

Grammar: Sentence Structure, Phrases, Clauses, Parts of Speech
Grammar Focus: Sentence Variety; Verbs and Pronouns;Transitions

Trimester Two: Breaking the Frame

Literature: Choose one book from the Postmodern Book List 
Excerpts from Norton’s Anthology of Postmodern Fiction
Excerpts from Gage’s The Shape of Reason

Composition: One Library Report (on your chosen novel)
One Thematic Compare/Contrast Paper
Five AP Essays-Rhetorical Analysis and Persuasive Argument
One Research Paper (8-10 pgs)
Writing Focus: Persuasion and Analysis

Vocabulary: Literature Vocab in Context; Literary Terms

Grammar: Usage; Mechanics; Parallelism; Sentence Errors
Grammar Focus: Run-ons; Comma Splices; Verbs and Pronouns

Trimester Three: Fact Meets Fiction: Pop Culture and Technoculture

Literature: David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System
Excerpts from Norton’s Anthology of Postmodern Fiction
Excerpts from Gage’s The Shape of Reason

Writing Expectations: Six to Eight AP Essays- Rhetorical Analysis and Argument

Vocabulary: Literature Vocab in Context; Literary Terms

GRADING: Quizzes=20%, Tests=20%, Out of Class Writing=20%, AP Essays=20, Trimester AP Exam=15%, Participation=5%

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