such as the American Romantic period or the Modern poetry or across-comparison of poetry from several periods.
3. Study of criticism, literary history, prominent peers, or themes associated with a particular book or author.
In addition to the larger research papers, recently a new area of study has developed in "Rhetorical Techniques in Writing" to better prepare students for the SATs, college writing, the Language section of the AP test as well as to lend a had to mastering certain literary techniques applicable to their library and literary papers.
The Balancing Act:
Because the AC class is a stepping stone to AP and Humanities English in the senior year, the class frequently attracts the "Best and the Brightest" of the junior class students. The problem with this is that many students also take other Accelerated or AP classes which compete with AC English for time. Students should be prepared to put in a very demanding semester if the choice is to fill up with advanced classes. YOu must seek a balance among your classes to study time; you may have to settle for less than an A if you choose to extend yourself to the limit.
Papers which receive a C or below may be redone-if they are resubmitted within a week. Original papers must be turned in with revised papers. A writing conference is suggested prior to the revision. The final revised grade will be averaged with the original grade for the final grade. Revising should be looked upon as an opportunity rather than a punishment.
Participation and Required Work:
We would like all students to "join in" the fray--not necessarily all at once--but one after the other, as frequently as time will permit. A "Participation Grade" wil be added in at the end of the semester (which can only help). All students must complete required work to receive credit for the course. It is not an option to fail to do any assigned essays, library reports or research papers.
Students are asked to use a particular paper format for the year. The proposed format approximates one professionals use in submitting material for publication. Please adhere to it. The format is displayed on the following page. Students who do not use it correctly may be asked to retype their papers in the correct format with a late penalty.
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