Consider this your warning....
This class is a privilege. Difficult? Absolutely. Time consuming? Absolutely. Worth it? Yes, if you harbor ambition.
Last year, the AP Greats truly became a team. They will, I believe, be friends for a lifetime. They were different, but had a common goal....and truly inspired me with their accomplishments. Working hard was not optional, it was required, not only by me...but by the class as a whole. They depended on each other for support, and held each other to certain standards. With the greats, you didn't miss assignments. You came to class prepared. And, you completed your summer reading. Why? So we could get to coffee talk, so we could discover literary theory...so they could reach the height of literary genius. We didn't have time to be lazy.
This year, you all signed a contract. If you do not complete your summer reading, you are kicked out of my classroom. Summer reading is your ticket. I do this for a reason (you will find, I always have a reason...for everything).
My class is a college level course. I do not have time for trivial matters, such as chasing after you for assignment completion. I am far too busy filling your minds with literary brilliance. (I do hope you sensed the droll tone of that statement, and if you did not...you will.)
Yes, I prefer quality work, so I am lenient on deadlines. However, this is summer. You have no other courses. You should be on time. If you cannot handle summer work, you will not be able, nor should you be able, to take my class. This is a simple fact.
Seniors: I will give you the benefit of the doubt. You have never taken my course, so you are unaware of my personality...and most of you are doing well. Let me give you a hint; summer reading sets your tone for me. It signifies how hard you will work. It shows me what you are made of.
Juniors: You have no excuse, other than the fact that I babied you. Yes, I babied you...when you were FRESHMAN. No more. You impressed me with your brilliance that year, and I adored our class. But, each of you have a long way to go before you reach the heights of literary greatness, and I intend to help you get there...however, you have to put the work in. Also, I fought for you to take my course. You are juniors in a senior class. Do not disappoint me and nullify my efforts as well as my belief in you.
This class is worthwhile, it is a tremendous journey...and I know that each of you will benefit from it. Summer reading is not a suggestion. It is the first step. You will find that this "How to Read Lit" book will come in handy....and if you do not believe me, ask the greats. I will give you until the end of week 3 to catch up or communicate. Failure to do so will result in a phone call home. Then, I kick you out. Sorry...but you must be driven.
Those of you who are already reaching the Hulsey expectations, you know who you are, and do keep up the excellent work.
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