AP English Literature & Composition is designed to provide students with learning opportunities similar to those found in a college literature classroom. Through close reading of literary texts, students will come to understand how authors use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.
The course will focus on literary analysis from multiple genres, periods, and cultures. Our literary analysis will look through the lenses of style and structure, rhetorical strategies, diction, figurative language, imagery, selection of detail, language, and syntax. Exploration into poetry will compliment the longer works studied. Poetic forms from ballads and sonnets, to schools of poetry from metaphysical to modern poetry will be included.
Writing well about literature of recognized literary merit is an integral aspect of this course and emphasis will be placed on assignments that focus on developing critical writing skills.
It is expected that the students take the AP English Literature & Composition Exam in May. Students will need to check their respective colleges to see what credits are offered for the test and/or course.
Quality and depth of insightful interpretation based on inclusion of illustrative detail and explanatory focus.
Revise and edit essays for re-submission
Use of AP Scoring Guide in analysis in written work
Applebee, Arthur, et al. The Language of Literature: American Literature. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2004.
Applebee, Arthur, et al. The Language of Literature: British Literature. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2004.
Applebee, Arthur, et al. The Language of Literature: World Literature. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2004.
Longknife, Ann, Ph.D. and K.D. Sullivan. The Art of Styling Sentences. 4th ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Services, Inc., 2002.
Units list major works and activities. Within each unit short stories and poems for further close reading will be presented. In anticipation for the May exam, ample preparation time will be devoted to the task of “practicing.”
Within each unit we will build upon the skills and objectives outlined above. Our units will be centered on a common theme or topic. As readers we must ask ourselves, “What thought-provoking questions will guide us in our inquiry and point to the larger concerns of the unit?” Essays are listed with a broad topic; specific guidelines will be shared at that time. Different styles of essays will be emphasized: comparison, critical analysis, persuasive, and reflective. Grammar, sentence structure, mechanics, tone, voice, significant interpretation, and supporting details will be required of all essays –formal and timed. Essays will be evaluated using the AP Scoring Guide and teacher-student conferences. Students are encouraged to re-submit essays for further evaluation.