Course Descriptions
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Title of Course:
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
 
Instructor:
Brendan Keffner
 
Classroom:
C 105
  
E-mail:
akeffner@barnegatschools.com
 
After School Help Days:
Tuesday through Thursday.  Just talk to me or email me, and we'll figure out a time and day that meets all needs.
 
Course Outline and Objectives:  This course is designed to help improve your communication skills through reading, writing, and speaking articulately and accurately.  This is a collegiate level course.  I expect you to be prepared for large amounts of reading, writing, and discussing.  The goal is to be well prepared for the AP Lit. Exam, and also to ensure that your analytical and writing skills are on par with those necessary to succeed in college literature courses.  Assignments will include timed responses, analytic essays, oral presentations, and a variety of discussions (whole class, small group, Socratic Seminars, etc.).

The Guiding Principle:  Always respect yourself and other people.  A little good natured humor never hurt anyone, but insults will not be tolerated.  There will be no negative commentary based on someone’s name, ethnic origins, skin color, native language, gender, sexual orientation, religion, body shape, body size, physical or emotional disabilities, or facial characteristics for any reason or at any time.  These are things that we are either born with, or that we believe with strong cultural or social conviction.  They are part of our unique identities, and it is NEVER okay to make someone feel bad because of who they are, or how they identify in their world.

Standard Procedure:  My expectation is that you will be seated, prepared, and ready to go at the beginning of class.  I understand a little friendly chatter at the beginning of class, but when there is an assignment to be done, and/or when the instruction is beginning, you should be prepared.

Attendance:  The Barnegat High School attendance policy will be enforced.  Beyond that, I expect you to be in class when you are supposed to be.  Show up.  In the event that you are absent, it is your responsibility to get your make-up work, and to complete it within the time allotted by the school’s attendance policy.

Tardy:  Don’t you hate to be kept waiting?  I do.  Don’t be rude.  Be on time.

Materials:  You need a pen, a notebook, a vocabulary book, and a copy of the text book/novel. This is not too much to ask.  Be prepared, and bring these things with you every day.

Homework:  Homework will vary.  Sometimes it’s as easy as reading a few pages in a book, and sometimes it’s more complicated.  In any event, it is your responsibility to complete it.  If you have problems or questions, feel free to email me at akeffner@barnegatschools.com.

Discipline:  I prefer to deal directly with you instead of calling your parents for every little problem.  You are responsible for your own actions and behaviors.  With that said, continued poor behavior will result in disciplinary measures ranging from the call home up to and including referral to the administration.  Don’t let it get that far.

Joy:  Education should not be hurtful or painful.  In fact, it should be unapologetic and unequivocal in its joy.  To that end, it’s okay to have fun and laugh, just don’t take it too far, and make sure you are keeping it in an appropriate context.  Be serious when it’s time to be serious, and laugh when it’s time to laugh!

 
Course Texts:
FencesAugust Wilson
Hamlet
William Shakespeare
Literature:  An Introduction to Reading and Writing (A.P. Edition)
Our Town
Thornton Wilder
The Awakening
Kate Chopin
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
The Good SoldierFord Madox Ford
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
 
 
Tentative Schedule (Curriculum Map):
We use complex creative fiction spanning the global tradition to explore universally significant literary thematic units. Each major work listed above correlates to one of the units, and is supported by supplementary pieces from the text book. We will complete two units per Marking Period. The units and the major works that correspond with them are listed below:
 
M.P. 1 - "Families and Relationships" (The Glass Menagerie) /"Coming of Age" (The Color Purple)
M.P. 2 - "Concepts of Mortality" (Hamlet)/ "Treatment of Race" (Fences)
M.P. 3 - "The Social Contract" (The Awakening)/"Morality and Ethics" (The Good Soldier)
M.P. 4 - "Spirituality and the Supernatural" (The Turn of the Screw)/"This American Experience" (Our Town
 
 


English 4 College Prep


Title of Course: 
English 4 College Prep
 
Instructors
Brendan Keffner (All Blocks)
Amanda Sharo (Blocks 4A and 1B)
 
Classroom: 
C 105
  
E-mail: 
 
After School Help Days: 
Tuesday through Thursday.  Just talk to us or email us, and we'll figure out a time and day that meets all needs.

Course Outline and Objectives:  This course is designed to help improve your communication skills through reading, writing, and speaking articulately and accurately.  Assignments will include timed responses, analytic essays, oral presentations, a research paper, and a variety of discussions (whole class, small group, Socratic Seminars, etc.).

The Guiding Principle:  Always respect yourself and other people.  A little good natured humor never hurt anyone, but insults will not be tolerated.  There will be no negative commentary based on someone’s name, ethnic origins, skin color, native language, gender, sexual orientation, religion, body shape, body size, physical or emotional disabilities, or facial characteristics for any reason or at any time.  These are things that we are either born with, or that we believe with strong cultural or social conviction.  They are part of our unique identities, and it is NEVER okay to make someone feel bad because of who they are, or how they identify in their world.

Standard Procedure:  Our expectation is that you will be seated, prepared, and ready to go at the beginning of class. We understand a little friendly chatter at the beginning of class, but when there is an assignment to be done, and/or when the instruction is beginning, you should be prepared.

Attendance:  The Barnegat High School attendance policy will be enforced.  Beyond that, we expect you to be in class when you are supposed to be.  Show up.  In the event that you are absent, it is your responsibility to get your make-up work, and to complete it within the time allotted by the school’s attendance policy.

Tardy:  Be on time.

Materials:  You're responsible for always having a textbook or novel, a notebook, and a pen.  This is not too much to ask.  Be prepared, and bring these things with you every day.

Homework:  Homework will vary.  Sometimes it’s as easy as reading a few pages in a book, and sometimes it’s more complicated.  In any event, it is your responsibility to complete it.  If you have problems or questions, feel free to email us at akeffner@barnegatschools.com, or asharo@barnegatschools.com.

Discipline:  We'd prefer to deal directly with you instead of calling your parents for every little problem.  You are responsible for your own actions and behaviors.  With that said, continued poor behavior will result in disciplinary measures ranging from the call home up to and including referral to the administration.  Don’t let it get that far.

Joy:  Education should not be hurtful or painful.  In fact, it should be unapologetic and unequivocal in its joy.  To that end, it’s okay to have fun and laugh, just don’t take it too far, and make sure you are keeping it in an appropriate context.  Be serious when it’s time to be serious, and laugh when it’s time to laugh!

 
Course Texts: 
1984George Orwell
Brave New WorldAldous Huxley
HamletWilliam Shakespeare
Prentice Hall: The British Tradition

 
Tentative Schedule (Curriculum Map):
The course uses British Literature as a vehicle to analyze and explore universally significant literary themes as they have been applied across time periods and genres. Themes are "Reflections on Belief", "Choices and Connections", "The Power of Freedom", and "Explorations of Identity". We will study one theme per Marking Period.