Mrs. Bertels
    Mrs. Ann Bertels

    English I,  Pre-AP I, and AP Literature and Composition
    Plan Time: 1st Period (8:40 - 9:31)


    Class Schedule

    8:40 - 9:31 - Plan Time (First Period)

    9:36 - 10:27 - Pre-AP 1 (2nd Period)

    10:32 - 11:23 - AP Literature and Composition  (3rd Period)

    11:28 - 12:52 - Pre-AP I (4th Period and lunch)

    12:57 - 1:48 - Cav Prep (5th Period)

    1:53 - 2:44 - English I (6th Period)

    2:49 - 3:40 - English I (7th Period)



    Welcome back to school! I am looking forward to working with you this year. My goal is to help you create a solid foundation of language arts skills and develop at least an appreciation if not a love for the written word.  

  • Course Description for English I:


    English I is a whole year course meeting every day for one period. This course will span many genres of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and will use literary analysis as a springboard for composition, vocabulary, and grammar study.


    A variety of content will be covered.  This content includes short stories, novels, nonfiction articles, research papers, poetry, drama, vocabulary, grammar, and timed writings. Students will conduct close readings and discussions of a variety of titles, and they will increase their ability to use textual evidence to prove an argument. A complete curriculum can be found on the district website.

    There are six units of study.  Each unit has an assortment of formative assessments (written and verbal) and a summative assessment test in SchoolNet.  Students will take a midterm exam in December and a final exam in May.  


    Course Description for Pre - AP 1:

    Participation in this class should allow students to slow down and focus on the most essential and relevant concepts and skills. Students have frequent opportunities to engage deeply with texts, sources, and data as well as compelling higher-order questions and problems. We will work on developing and strengthening the important critical thinking skills students will need to employ in high school, college, and life.



    Course Description for AP Literature and Composition:


    The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.


    The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literature and writing curriculum.


    At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the AP Literature and Composition test. This test consists of a multiple choice section and an essay section. The essay section requires students to write three essays. One is about poetry, one is about short works, and one is about a longer work (drama, novel, or epic poem). Colleges often grant credit for introductory-level literature or writing classes to students who score a 3 or higher on this exam. The district will pay the exam fee for students again this year, so all students are highly encouraged to sign up for the test!


    English Department Grading Scale


    Grades are divided into Formative, Summative, and End of Semester categories.  The Summative category will have unit assessments (SchoolNet tests and final copies).  The End of Term category will include the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam. The Formative category will have all other grades (daily work, quiz scores, grammar scores, etc.). 


    Late and Absent Work


    I will follow the English Department's late policy. If you know in advance that you are going to be absent, then please notify me in advance and collect your work. Letting me know as you walk out the door does not count. All work is due at the beginning of the period. I will also follow the English Department’s policy on late work. Grading late work is almost always at the bottom of my priority list, so it may take me several days to get it assessed. 

    Extra Help

    If you get here between 8:10 and 8:40, you may be able to get a pass to see me. Ask your First Period teacher for that pass. 


    I am here after school until 4:00, but I can stay later by appointment.  Come talk with me to make those arrangements.  


    My conference time is during 1st  Period.


    I am teaching a class during Cav Time this year, so I will not be able to assist you then. 


    You can most easily contact me by email at ann.bertels@jcschools.us.


    Classroom Rules


    1. Be safe.


    2. Be kind.


    3. Be prepared.


    4. Be engaged.


    5. Be the best version of yourself.


    Classroom “Housekeeping” 


    Expect regular speaking and listening grades based on your contributions and attention to classroom discussions. Every student can earn all of these points.  It just takes effort and engagement.  These few points every week add up quickly!


    If you arrive after the bell rings, you are tardy. I follow the handbook tardy policy.


    Cheating, stealing, or plagiarizing material from a classmate or another source will result in an automatic zero. You will also earn a discipline referral.


    Most assignments will be assigned and turned in through Google Classroom.


    Class is not a spectator sport.  It requires you to be an active participant.  Remember, what you get out of class is directly linked to the effort you put into it.


    It would make me extremely happy if every student passed every term this year. We can make this a reality if we work together!


Last Modified on August 19, 2022