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    NameAmy Burke
    Subject: English 1, AP English
    Classroom/Bldg.: 600 Bistocchi Hall
    Phone Ext 426
    Email: aburke@ucvts.org
    Google Classroom Codes
       Freshmen:  tdpujy
       Seniors:      n07gvq

    For Students Considering AP Literature and Composition:

    AP English Literature and Composition is

    • a senior English elective course, meaning that if you choose to take it, you want to first make sure you aren’t taking on too heavy a course load. AP Lit is time consuming.
    • a demanding, challenging, intensive reading and writing course taught at the college level in prose, dramatic literature, and poetry.
    • skills-based, involving intense concentration on enhancing analytical and critical writing and critical analysis, including literary critical theory.
    • a college-level course; most or ALL reading is done outside of class.


    AP Literature and Composition is not

    • a content-based course. It is not an introduction to poetry analysis or critical reading of drama and prose.  It assesses  how well writing expresses analytical understanding based on textual support, not paraphrase, summary, or opinion.
    • a course to learn basic technical and stylistic writing skills. As a college-level literature course, the time constraints and course requirements do not permit basic or remedial instruction in these skills.


    AP Literature and Composition

    • requires a strong background in grammar, transition, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. Writing must be clear and precise. 
    • requires intense, annotated close reading, not merely skimming the novel, play or poems before class begins.
    • expects that “reading” means intense, annotated close reading, not merely skimming the novel, play or poems before class begins.
    • as a college level course, deals sometimes with mature subject matter; some works of literature deal with mature topics.





    Special Announcement for Parents and Guardians about Back to School Night

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    This is to make you aware that I will not be attending Back to School Night next Tuesday, September 25.

    The Freshmen are a fine group of young people, and I am looking forward to working with them this year.

    If you need to get in touch with me for any reason, I am available by phone or email.

    Sincerely yours,
    Amy Burke
    908-889-8288 x426



    Greetings Youngsters! 

    First, a reminder to read your summer books carefully--
    • Freshmen should read The Hobbit and one other book (your choice) off the list.   If you read The Count of Monte Cristo, read the abridged version.
    • Seniors enrolled in AP should read Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie, and Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.
    Reading the Sparknotes, Bookrags, Shmoop, Cliff's Notes or any other notes alone will not help much with the tests, nor will watching the movies.  
    You are welcome to do both in addition to reading the assigned books.
    Regarding supplies, I ask that everyone keep a three-ring binder which will be devoted exclusively to English and that you maintain an adequate supply of loose leaf paper.* 
    All hand-written assignments must be completed on loose leaf paper, in blue or black ink, so please plan accordingly.   Assignments submitted on paper torn from a spiral notebook 
    will not be accepted.  
    You will need to cover all of your books.  A brown paper bag will suffice, but if you prefer book socks, get one for every subject.
    Wishing you a happy summer
    Ms. Burke
    *I understand that my colleagues are probably demanding that you keep a separate binder for their classes as well.  While this may seem like a lot of binders, 
    this approach has proved successful over time. 
     Your binder will be for English and only English. 
     A binder that holds papers from all subject areas will be an overstuffed 
    mess by about November.