Mary Kate Rylands
rylandmk@pwcs.edu
571-261-4400


Class Schedule: 

 

Purple Days
(Even)

Black Days
(Odd)

1

AP Literature

2/3

AP Literature Planning

4/5

Planning English 10

6/7

AP Literature AP Literature

Office Hours:
Monday: 12:00-2:00


Access to Classroom Resources and Accounts:

AP Literature:

AP English Literature and Composition Test is at 2pm on Wednesday, 5/13.
The test will be a single prose analysis essay.  Once you access the question at 2:00, you will have 45 minutes to read and respond to the question and 5 minutes to upload your response.   You will be responsible for keeping track of your time. As more details are released, I will post them. For details on other AP Tests, go to the College Board Exam Schedule website.


The "AP Literature and Composition Skills" chart for this course can be found in the course syllabus (see link below). We have covered all the course skill objectives through our study of the novels, prose passages, and poetry up to this point, so you have the basics of what you need. Any further time we have will allow us to add to your novel repertoire, focus on improving specific skills that could still benefit from growth, provide final review so that everything is fresh in your mind, and participate in additional practice to help you feel more confident as you approach the test.

Mrs. Railsback and I want to provide some guidance and resources to help you keep your skills sharp. As AP students, it is in your best interest to use this time at home to prepare for the upcoming AP Exam.  The following activities will provide preparation and practice of  the knowledge and skills gained this year.

Activities for week of 5/11
YOU MADE IT! AP EXAM IS ON WEDNESDAY!!  YOU ARE ALL AWESOME AND WILL ROCK THIS ESSAY!!! This week, take some time to ease off the "cramming" and simply review using the resources below.  
1. If you have time before Wednesday, watch the AP English Literature: Final Lesson - Exam Tips and Best Wishes video.
2. You should be receiving your test ticket in an email sometime today.  If you do not receive the email, log into your MyAP account--we have been told they can also be found there.
3. If you have not completed the preparatory steps listed above, please take care of that before Wednesday. Please email me if you have any questions or issues.  I'll do my best to assist.
4. Be at your computer at 1:30pm on Wednesday to get set up and be ready to go at 2:00. I will be at my computer and available to you from 1:30 to 2:30 in case you have any questions. Remember that you are permitted to use notes, power points, graphic organizers, etc. during the test. I have included a link to the Prose Essay Power Point and the Essay Planning Graphic Organizer here for you to print out if you'd like to use it during your planning time.

One last quick thing--we were told that your essays will be shared with us by the end of May.  If that turns out to be the case, and the essay you write shows increased mastery, I will update your overall course grade to reflect that growth.


Activities for week of 5/4
*Remember to complete the necessary pre-exam steps that were outlined in last week's email by Monday!
1. Watch the AP English Literature Deconstructing the Prompt video.
2. Either plan out or write an essay in response to question 2 (the prose analysis) of this released free response essay test.  Feel free to email your essay to me if you'd like feedback. 
3. Read through the sample responses and scoring guidelines to identify potential areas of strength and weakness in your essay.

Activities for week of 4/27


1. Watch the AP English Literature: Writing Effective Thesis Statements
 video.
2. Either plan out or write an essay in response to question 2 (the prose analysis) of this released free response essay test. Feel free to email your essay to me if you'd like feedback.
3. The 2018 sample essay responses were scored using the new rubric.  The rubric scoring guidelines are referred to in the scoring commentary. Please read through the samples and commentary to identify potential areas of strength and weakness in your own essay.


Activities for week of 4/20

1. Watch the AP English Literature: Writing Claims and Providing Concrete Evidence
video.
2. Either plan out or write an essay in response to question 2 (the prose analysis) of this released free response essay test. Feel free to email your essay to me if you'd like feedback.
3. The 2018 sample essay responses were scored using the new rubric.  The rubric scoring guidelines are referred to in the scoring commentary. Please read through the samples and commentary to identify potential areas of strength and weakness in your own essay.



Activities for week of 4/13

1. Review prose analysis , writing an introduction, and prose essay power points from earlier in the year.
2. Either plan out or write an essay in response to question 2 (the prose analysis) of this released free response essay test.
3. Read through sample scored essays for this prompt to compare to your paper and note areas of strength and weakness.


Additional Help

The College Board has been and is continuing to offer free review classes  through YouTube. The initial class is live and then is available on-demand after that. Taking advantage of these courses would be a huge help in reviewing and sharpening your analysis and writing skills. Here are links to some of the courses that have been posted that will help to prepare you for your prose analysis essay:

AP English Literature: Prose Review - Characterization
AP English Literature: Prose Review - Setting
AP English Literature: Prose Review - Structure (Plot)
AP English Literature: Prose Review - POV/ Narrator
AP English Literature: Prose Review - Contrasts and Figurative Language

AP English Literature: Prose Review - Exploring Contrasts Between Characters

Upcoming video classes:
AP English Literature: Prose Review - Unpacking Symbolism
AP English Literature: Setting
AP English Literature: Prose - Narration
AP English Literature: Writing Claims and Providing Concrete Evidence
AP English Literature: Deconstructing Prompts
AP English Literature: Writing Effective Thesis Statements


Please remember that I am available to you if you need help or have any questions or concerns.  Do not hesitate to email me.


English 10: Please check your Outlook email for all announcements and important files.  You may also find helpful templates and prompts under "files".  There is also a calendar of skills we covered this year.

Optional Activities for the week of 6/1: All resources can be found under my files on this page.
Please refer to the document in "files" titled "Living History."


Optional Activities for the week of 5/25: All resources can be found under my files on this page.

1. Unit 13 Vocabulary: Jay-Z- Read the article and complete exercises 1-5.
2. Theme review- use the link below to watch a review video about theme and identifying theme in literature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qME64SkxM
3. Finish reading your  independent reading novel if you have not finished already.  Complete the final reading log #5 for your novel as a whole. 

Optional Activities for the week of 5/18: All resources can be found under my files on this page.

1. Unit 12 Vocabulary: Hip Hop's Firsts- Read the article and complete exercises 1-5.
2. Figurative language review- review slides 19-28 (figurative language devices) of the Intro. to Rhetoric Power Point
3. Complete Independent Reading Log #4 Figurative Language for the next 30 pages of your independent reading book. 

Optional Activities for the week of 5/11: All resources can be found under my files on this page.

1. Unit 11 Vocabulary: Tupac- Read the article and complete exercises 1-5.
2. Symbolism and Allegory review- review the Power Point
3. Complete Independent Reading Log #3 Symbolism for the next 30 pages of your independent reading book. 

Optional Activities for the week of 5/4: All resources can be found under my files on this page.

1. Unit 10 Vocabulary: East Coast West Coast- Read the article and complete exercises 1-5.
2. Diction and Tone Review: Refer to the file Night chapter 2 annotation- Diction and Tone- we completed this activity in class while studying Night and have practiced how specific word choice (diction) helps and author achieve the tone of the passage.  Review the example provided.
3. Complete Independent Reading Log #2 Diction and Tone for the 2nd and 3rd chapters or next 30 pages of your independent reading book. 


Optional Activities for the week of 4/27: All resources can be found under my files on this page.

1. Unit 9 Vocabulary: Dr. Dre- Read the article and complete exercises 1-5.  
2. Characterization Power Point/Review: Review the power point on direct and indirect characterization.  
3. Complete a reading log for the first chapter of your independent reading novel.

 Most of you have chosen an independent reading book.  Try to take advantage of these weeks to read, read, read. If you've never listened to a book before, Audible and Amazon have opened many books for free to listen to.  Try something new! Beginning the week of 4/27, new optional assignments for the 4th quarter will be posted related to your choice of novel. 

Review Instruction for week of 4/20:
After outlining your essay and writing your introductory and concluding paragraphs, put it all together and write the full essay.  Be mindful of using transition phrases to lead into a new paragraph and new concrete details.  Be mindful of pronoun usage- there should no 2nd person "you" in the essay.  Only use first person if you are giving a personal example.  All other pronouns should be 3rd person. 

In addition, read and respond to 1 of the non-fiction articles included in the link below.  If you want to share any of your thoughts with me, feel free to discuss via email with  me :).  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/learning/over-1000-writing-prompts-for-students.html

Review Instruction for week of 4/13: Under files, refer to the Persuasive essay prompt.  Write an introductory and concluding paragraph for your essay and begin to outline your concrete details for a 5 paragraph essay (6 concrete details total, 2 per body paragraph).  Refer to the introductory and concluding paragraph templates located under files.  

In addition, read and respond to 1 of the non-fiction articles included in the link below.  If you want to share any of your thoughts with me, feel free to discuss via email with  me :).  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/learning/over-1000-writing-prompts-for-students.html

 Some of you have not submitted either a personal memoir or research power point.  Please submit those in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in rewriting either, please do so using the feedback that was provided on the rubric.  The original assignment with rubrics can be found in the files section of this page. 

  If you have any questions or concerns at all, please know you can contact me via email.  


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