• Note:  Extra Credit is a privilege and not a requirement.  If for ANY REASON you use extra credit for the sole purpose of NOT completing ANY assignments, I will take the extra credit option away for the entire school year.  The intent in this English class is for you to enjoy the English Literature opportunities that are available for entertainment purposes across the greater Houston area. 

    Only one offering counts once per nine week grading period.  You must visit or see the event within the nine week grading period.  Make sure you keep proof (copy of receipt-there are some exceptions to the receipt rule), photo, etc. that you attended any event.

    NEW!!!! Effective February 2014 - any event you attend from this point forward you must type a 150+ essay critiquing the performance seen.  No exceptions will be given.  If you do not complete this requirement, along with proof of attendance, you will not receive any credit whatsoever. Word Count must be provided at the end of your typed essay.  EC Form to Complete

    If nothing is playing in the Houston area that pertains to this list http://mseffie.com/AP/APtitles.html but is playing or being performed in the area you are visiting, you can still receive extra credit as long as you follow the criteria that is listed on the Excel sheet attached below.  Remember! The play or performance must be listed on the web link listed above. 

    • If you go out of town and attend any type of British literary performance that has literary merit (meaning it has been on the AP Literature exam), complete the form provided above and you will receive extra credit; however, the same criteria applies when submitting proof of attendance and a typed essay.

    FYI . . . This above bullet item is one item students do not read instructions on and most will not receive extra credit as a result.

    TEK Requirements:      
    (2)  Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:
    (A)  compare and contrast works of literature that express a universal theme;  
    (B)  compare and contrast the similarities and differences in classical plays with their modern day novel, play, or film versions; and  
    (C)  relate the characters, setting, and theme of a literary work to the historical, social, and economic ideas of its time.  
    (12)  Reading/Media Literacy. Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts. Students are expected to:
    (A)  evaluate how messages presented in media reflect social and cultural views in ways different from traditional texts;  
    (B)  evaluate the interactions of different techniques (e.g., layout, pictures, typeface in print media, images, text, sound in electronic journalism) used in multi-layered media;  
    (C)  evaluate how one issue or event is represented across various media to understand the notions of bias, audience, and purpose; and  
    (D)  evaluate changes in formality and tone across various media for different audiences and purposes.  


     Activities that are occurring in the Houston area.