• What is the best way to contact Mrs. Coleman?

    Please e-mail me at ramona.coleman@allenisd.org. Please note that I may read and respond to any e-mails received after 4:00pm during the next school day.

    What is the philosophy of an AP English IV course?

    AP English Literature is a curriculum grounded in analysis and enjoyment of imaginative literature through written and verbal discourse.  Students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to create meaning and pleasure for their readers.  In addition to reading and thinking critically, students will explore and continue to improve their own style of writing through analytical, explanatory, reflective, and creative pieces.


    How does an AP class affect GPA?

    A student's grade point average receives an extra point for being in an Advanced Academics class -- an A becomes a 5.0 instead of a 4.0, a B 4.0 instead of 3.0, etc.; therefore, a student's GPA is not quite as threatened as it might seem if a student is making a lower grade than they might in an on-level English course.  (In addition, the GPA is calculated only on the core classes.)

    College admissions committees certainly look to see if the student takes more challenging courses, and as a result, students may find that an on-level English class does not meet their needs for the future.


    What are the most common reasons that a student might fail in AP English IV?

    The most common reasons for students failing this class are:

    Ø  not coming prepared to work

    Ø  not turning in work

    Ø  not doing homework, including the required reading

    Ø  not making up work after an absence

    Ø  not coming in for help

    Ø  and a lack of desire to improve or work hard.


    When is Mrs. Coleman available for tutorials?

    My tutorial schedule is listed in Canvas.  In addition, I may be available by appointment.  If I am unavailable, students may work with other members of the AP English 4 team.


    How do you approach the grading of writing assignments?

    Grading essays is of course somewhat subjective, and since a good essay is the cumulative effect of many different components, it is often difficult to communicate just what an 'A' paper is.

    The teacher must first examine whether or not the final product meets the assignment guidelines. Does the student respond to all portions of the prompt? Has the student attempted to implement strategies we have worked on in class? Is the paper documented correctly, if required?

    Next, the teacher assesses the quality of the response utilizing a previously established rubric. The rubric varies depending upon the assignment itself; we may employ a general rubric for all writing assignments, or we may create one specifically for that assignment and to reflect those particular expectations. We will share the grading rubric with the students before they write the assignment. We assess writing assignments with an AP-style scale, or a grade of 1-9. Sometimes the teacher will grade for specific expectations and ignore other issues. Student will be held accountable for all skills taught in previous grades.

    What's the point of assigning work that is not  graded?

    Just because an official grade is not taken on an assignment does not mean that the student will not benefit from the practice. Dedicated musicians, actors, and athletes spend plenty of time practicing and drilling individually, without the direct supervision of an instructor or coach. The skills that students improve upon during these times are then applied in a larger context, like group rehearsals. Likewise, in a classroom setting, students often practice a particular skill a few times before it we assess for a grade.

    What if a student misses your class due to an extracurricular activity?

    Since students have knowledge of school-related absences in advance, we do hold them responsible for any work missed. We expect students to turn in any work that is due on or before the day they miss. Likewise, they should make arrangements to take quizzes and tests prior to the absence.

    Finally, since we schedule daily work, quizzes, and tests in advance, students will still be required to turn in any assignments or take any quizzes or tests due on the date of the student’s return. If your student has questions about the work assigned during his/her absence, s/he should check the teacher’s online calendar and get in contact with her BEFORE returning to class.

    Ø  Here are some examples of common situations: A student is going to miss the last period of the day for a game, and there is a paper due for that period. The student is still expected to drop by that class and turn in the paper.

    Ø  Another example: A student missed the previous class because of a game, and upon his/her return, a quiz is being given over a reading assignment. That student should be aware of what was missed and is expected to take the quiz.