AP English Literature and Composition, Syllabus 2017-2018
Instructor: Heidi Udall, Room 246

Email: hnudall@mpsaz.orgPhone: 480-472-8107



I am excited to be your teacher! I love English with a passion and am addicted to teaching. I will prepare myself thoroughly and will be highly motivated to teach you each day. I’m excited to know you.

English skills are like athletic or musical skills; they take consistent and focused practice to strengthen. Like athletes and musicians, some people more naturally acquire the talent--but with practice everyone can become proficient. I will give you daily opportunities to strengthen your English skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking; however, your consistent, diligent practice will determine how much growth you earn during the year. Be prepared to commit to a minimum of five hours of coursework per week outside the classroom. This will often involve long-term reading and writing assignments, so effective time management is crucial. My job is to teach and coach you. Your job is to practice and perform. Together, we’ll make a great team.  Please meet with me on an individual basis or email me if you ever have questions or concerns.


My goals for this class are:

  • Prepare you to pass the AP English Literature exam

  • Expose you to the great art form called literature

  • Provide a forum to discuss and analyze the “meaning of life”

  • Support you in your preparation for the next step--life after high school

What are your goals for this class?

As a culmination of the course, you will take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given on May 9, 2018. Please budget accordingly as the exam costs $94.  


  • Blue/black pens, one colored pen (for editing), and pencils

  • Highlighters--3 different colors

  • Lined composition book

  • Plenty of notebook paper

  • MPS issued device

  • Novels throughout the year--see list below

  • A designated binder with divider packet: STUDENTS WILL KEEP EVERYTHING TO PREP FOR AP EXAM.


Attendance: Be at school. Be on time. Be present. Be prepared.

Cell Phones:

  • Use of cellphones in the English classroom is strictly prohibited unless the Teacher has given specific permission for an academic use. Cell phones must be turned off (or set to silent mode) and put away during the entirety of class.

  • Some English classrooms may require students to place their devices into a cell phone holder during the class period.

  • Violations will result in cell phones being confiscated and held until the end of the school day. It is the student’s’ responsibility to arrange pick-up of their devices after school. The instructor is not responsible for damage or loss of these devices.


  • Plagiarism means taking someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own. This includes paraphrasing, so even if you put it in your own words, it is still considered plagiarizing. To avoid this, always give credit to the author of the words or ideas you are utilizing.

  • Students caught plagiarizing will receive a ‘0’ grade on the assignment. 

Grading: Grades in an English class primarily reflect a student’s proficiency on adopted state standards. However, if a student consistently has missing or late work, the grade will be affected.

  • A= 90 -100% (mastery or highly proficient)

  • B= 80 - 89% (proficient)

  • C= 70 - 79% (proficient or partially proficient)

  • D= 60 - 69% (minimally proficient)

  • F= 59% and below (not proficient or not enough evidence to determine proficiency)

Semester grades will be fully cumulative. Each assignment will fall into one of the following standards-based categories and will be weighted according to the following scale:

  • Speaking and Listening = 15%

  • Language = 15%

  • Reading = 20%

  • Writing PROCESS = 20%

  • Summative Assessments (including final exams and final essays) = 30%

Finals: All English students will be required to take an academic final each semester. All English teachers will administer the grade-level approved final for each semester on district designated finals days for both fall and spring semesters. Early finals will not be given, so please plan vacations accordingly.

Late work: Students will be expected to turn in work on time on assigned day. Students will be rewarded for completing assignments on time.

Late work, make-up work, missing work, and revised work will be accepted under the following conditions:

  • ALL late work must be accompanied by a department or PLC generated “pink” cover sheet stapled to the top left corner. There are two separate cover sheets--one for late work, make-up work, missing work and a separate one for revised work.

  • With an excused absence, you have one week to complete any missed work.

  • If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed by asking your peers, your teacher, and/or checking Canvas.  

  • Late work submitted for any other reason than an excused absence will be docked.

Lion Time:

  • Lion Time has been designated for academic growth and will be used in the English classroom for reteaching, retesting, tutoring, practicing, and independent reading time.

  • Students will not be allowed to watch movies or TV shows (Netflix), youtube videos, or participate in unsanctioned non-academic activities during Lion Time.



Novels, drama, and anthologized material (subject to change): purchase a copy of the * novels. If expense is an issue, please contact me immediately.

Digital copies will not be accepted since annotation is required.

  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

  • Inferno, Dante

  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare

  • *Lord of the Flies, William Golding

  • *The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

  • *The Road, Cormac McCarthy

  • Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

  • *A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

  • Short fiction and essays – as selected

  • Poetry – as selected

  • Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Roberts & Jacobs (Publisher: Prentice Hall)

  • *How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster (summer reading)

  • *Independently chosen novels to read from a provided list


Semester 1:

1st quarter: Introduction to AP Literature, Poetry, & Close Reading (9 weeks)

  • Diagnostics

  • Summer Reading review

  • Close Reading & Annotation

  • Literary Terms & Allusions (Biblical & Greek)

  • The Things I Carried, Inferno

  • College Essay workshop

  • “Name,” and “Where I Am From” Feather Circles

2nd quarter: Introduction to Multiple Choice, Timed Writes, & Prose (10 weeks)

  • The Road, Lord of the Flies

  • Timed Writing practice

  • Literary Terms & Allusions (Biblical & Greek)

  • POW: Poem of the week

  • Multiple Choice Immersion Unit (2 weeks)

  • Sonnet & “To Be” Feather Circles

Semester 2: 16 weeks until the AP exam

3rd quarter: Continuation of Multiple Choice, Timed Write, & Open Response (9 weeks)

  • Oedipus Rex, Hamlet

  • Multiple Choice Mondays

  • Timed Writing practice

  • Voices Lessons

  • “The Things I Carried,” “Theme for English B” Feather Circles

4th quarter: Review and Refine Skills (8 weeks)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • AP Test Prep & Major Works Review Unit  (2 weeks)

  • Timed Writing practice

  • Voices Lessons

  • Full AP Exam practice

After the Test: 2 weeks

  • “Things I’ve Learned” Feather circle

  • Senior Project: How Will You Measure Your Life?

  • Yearbooks & Graduation speeches




Please complete a Google Form linked here acknowledging your understanding of these classroom policies for AP English Literature taught by Heidi Udall at Red Mountain High School. By submitting the Google Form, you also grant your student permission to read, watch, and discuss the outlined novels and plays listed in this syllabus.


Please complete a Google Form linked here acknowledging your understanding of these classroom policies for AP English Literature taught by Heidi Udall at Red Mountain High School.