Instructor: Jack Kaulfus
Class Description: English III AP explores modes of argument through both fiction and nonfiction. Students will read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of literary selections, deepening their awareness of rhetoric and syntax. Through close reading and frequent writing (both formal and informal), students will develop ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy. Equally important – while learning to analyze their own ideas, students will also be figuring out how their own individual writing processes work.
The most important part of this class involves developing a new framework of argument that incorporates multiple points of view. In class, we rely on discussion of issues that affect the way we choose to live, make decisions for our futures, and treat other people.
Student projects and homework assignments are designed to prepare them for the AP test in May. They will practice AP-specific writing and reading comprehension skills, learn AP-specific vocabulary, and practice AP-style multiple choice questions.
AP English III units include:
- Everyone Knows You Go Home: Austin author Natalia Sylvester’s evocative, lyrical novel about family, culture, relationships, and the importance of home
- American Transcendentalism: A literary movement during a most contentious social time in America
- Great Philosophical Questions: What is morality? Do I have free will? Is beauty objective?
- The 57 Bus: Dashka Slater’s exhaustively researched book about two teenagers brought together by a chance meeting and the cultural systems that impacted their lives
- Research and Current Events: Students choose from a variety of topics to research – Human rights, Education, Racial Justice, Gender Justice, Socioeconomics