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Pre-AP Junior English Resources

Pre-AP Junior English 2017-2018

Lena VanCamp, Pre-AP Junior English Teacher


This is a fast paced, rigorous course that prepares students for their college experience and career choice. Students will learn, through the Common Core State Standards, to give equal attention to literary and informational texts. This course focuses on text analysis and critical thinking, including comparing and contrasting texts and mediums, and prepares students to be analytical about resources and ideas. This course also utilizes writing programs to show students how to craft and support an argument and to explain their ideas. This class will incorporate advanced lesson extensions so that the students will be challenged in their learning and work. 

At the end of this course, you will

  • Have read multiple literary works
  • Understand literary elements
  • Be able to write in all the rhetorical modes
  • Analyze text
  • Write synthesis essays
  • Understand the format of the AP Literature Exam


Required Background

To successfully complete this course, you must do all the required work with a score of seventy percent.

  • Know literary elements, writing skills, reading strategies
  • Understand how to use the English skills you have learned in the past and apply new skills
  • Read various types of texts and write in the correct rhetorical mode

Required Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will need a composition notebook that will be used as an Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) that will be left in the classroom.  Students must take and pass eight library book tests, eight vocabulary book tests, and earn at least ten points from book tests every 9 week period. 

  • Pearson My Perspectives Online Textbook: 2017
  • Chromebooks (provided)
  • Library books (to be checked out from the school library)
Additional Print Resources
  • Novels to be read outside of class assigned by teacher
  • Students will read 8 library books of their choice on a higher reading level
Online Resources
  • Pearson online resources/textbook
  • Writing Coach Program
  • Renaissance for Book Testing
  • HAC for grades
  • School Website for my teacher page with directions


1st 9 Week Period:

  • Units 1, 2, and 3- Literature Textbook
  • Night by Elie Weisel outside of class
  • AP Literature Test introduction
  • AP Literature Test practice
  • ACT Test practice

2nd 9 Week Period:

  • Units 4, 5, and 6-Literature Textbook
  • Research Paper Lessons
  • Completed Research Paper is due December 10, 2016
  • AP Literature Test practice
  • ACT Test practice

3rd 9 Week Period:

  • Units 7, 8, and 9-Literature Textbook
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini outside of class
  • Research Paper graded and corrected for separate grade
  • AP Literature Test practice
  • ACT Test practice

4th 9 Week Period:

  • Units 10 and 11
  • Students will read aloud A Raisin in the Sun in class
  • Students will read short stories in class
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote outside of class
  • AP Literature Test practice
  • ACT Test practice


General Rules:

Students will be prepared, be safe, be supportive, be responsible, and be good school citizens. Students have daily procedures for entering the classroom, putting up cell phones, obtaining classroom supplies, logging to their computers and particular programs we use that day.  Students have procedures for turning in assignments.  Students view daily assignments on the teacher’s website. Students use HAC to see grades and missing assignments.

Students who disrupt class may receive detention during the lunch period.  After five offenses of detention, students are assigned a period of after school detention.  Students who commit serious offenses may receive ISS or OSS.

Grading Policies:

Students receive grades based on:

  • Tests
  • Daily work
  • Homework
  • Participation Points

Dierks High School is a member of the Advance-ED Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Faculty have met strict requirements, the physical plant passed rigid inspection, the library contains a plentiful supply of books and materials, and has a host of other things that are essential for students to receive a good education. These grades will be accepted by any college without question.

Grading Scale:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 0-59

Classwork, bellwork, homework, etc. is worth 40% of a student’s grade. Tests, quizzes, essays, speeches, and presentations are worth 60% of a student’s grade.