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Laurel Eury Naughton 2010-2011
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
Course Description
Students in an AP course in English Literature and Composition engage in the careful, deliberate reading of literary works. Through such study, they will sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer’s craft. They will also develop critical standards for the independent appreciation of any literary work, and increase their sensitivity to literature as shared experience. To achieve these goals, students study the individual work, its language, characters, action, and theme. They consider its structure, meaning, and value, and its relationship to contemporary experience as well as to the context in which it was written.
AP students in English Literature and Composition are involved in the study and practice of writing as well as in the study of literature. They learn to use the modes of discourse and to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through speaking, listening, and reading, but chiefly through the experience of their own writing, they become more aware of the resources of language, such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, tone, connotation, and syntax.
Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include essays in exposition and argument. Although much of the writing in the course will be about literature, speaking and writing about different kinds of subjects should further develop their sense of how style, subject, and audience are related. Occasionally, assignments in personal narrative and the writing of stories, poems, or plays may be appropriate. The desired goals are the honest and effective use of language and the organization of ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive way.
Readings in translation may be included, but because the course stresses close attention to an author’s own language and style, most of the assigned reading will be in texts originally written in English. By the end of the AP course, students will have studied works from both the American and English traditions and from various periods from the sixteenth century on. They read works of recognized literary merit that are likely to be taught in an introductory college literature course, works that are worthy of scrutiny because of their richness of thought and language that challenges the reader.
The Exam

The AP exam in English Literature and Composition, which is three hours long, consists of two sections:

Section I: 60 minutes long; contains 50-60 multiple-choice questions that test your reading of selected passages, both prose and poetry; counts for 45% of total score

Section II: 120 minutes long; contains 3 free response questions that measure ability to read and interpret literature and to use other forms of discourse effectively; counts for 55% of total score. Typically, one question will focus on analysis of a poem, one a prose passage, and one a longer work such as a novel or a play.

Scores: Scores are reported on a five-point scale as follows:

5=extremely well qualified

4=well qualified


2=possibly qualified

1=no recommendation

Scores are reported the first or second week of July.
Most schools in North Carolina give credit for a score of a 3 or better on the English exam. However, some schools, such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Davidson, Wake Forest, NCSU, and Duke, will only give credit for a score of 4, or in some cases a 5.
That being said, I care about scores, but I care about you more. We’ll be studying literature together in hopes of becoming better thinkers, better problem-solvers, and better people. We’ll be making connections between (1) the text and other texts, (2) the text and ourselves, and (3) the text and the world around us. We’ll center our studies on the historical and social context of the works.
Novels and plays to be studied this year:

You’ll be responsible for acquiring and reading the following works. The library is always a great (FREE) resource, as well as Edward McKay and other used book stores. I am not providing ISBN numbers because the edition/publication is not important to our study, so feel free to purchase/borrow any edition necessary. Please do not wait until the work is assigned! You may begin acquiring/reading now. These are in order of our study.

Quarter 1: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (I have a class set of these if you’d like to borrow one, but you may NOT write in it!); Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock

Quarter 2: William Shakespeare’s Othello; Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (I have a class set of these if you’d like to borrow one, but you may NOT write in it!)

Quarter 3: Albert Camus’s The Stranger; William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

Quarter 4: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (I have a set of these if you’d like to borrow one, but you may NOT write in it!); TBA
If time permits at the end of the year, we’ll also be studying Canterbury Tales, and Beowulf. Please do not purchase these works until further notice.
In addition to reading the above full-length works, the class will be reading multitudinous essays, excerpts, and poems. You’ll also be responsible for selecting, reading, and analyzing a parallel novel each quarter. The list of possibilities can be found further along in the syllabus.
General Policies:

  • Pre-approved late work will be accepted for up to three days after your return to school with a penalty of twenty points off per day. Most assignments will NOT be accepted late. Ask; do not assume. Some assignments you may email to me as an attachment. In other words, even if you’re absent, you can still get your assignment in on time.

  • If you are absent, YOU are responsible for obtaining make-up assignments. Find a class buddy and exchange phone numbers today!

  • Essays and other writings will not be accepted when written in pencil. You may only use blue ink, black ink, or type them.

  • Tardies are unacceptable. They disrupt our flow! Please enter the classroom as quietly and as politely as possible. Hand me your note and unobtrusively jump into whatever it is that we’re doing. The school policy for tardies is as follows:

    • 1st and 2nd unexcused tardies – Verbal warnings

    • 3rd unexcused tardy – 30 minute detention with the teacher

    • 4th – 30 minute detention with teacher AND phone call home

    • 5th – student referred to administrator AND 2 hours additional detention

    • 6th – Referred to administrator AND 2 days ISS

    • 7th – Parent conference with administrator and consequences unknown

*Failure to serve any detention will result in OSS; *3 unexcused tardies = 1 absence

Hall Passes: You are allowed three emergency passes per semester (NOT per quarter). This includes any bathroom/water/whatever passes. Use them wisely!

Grading: I utilize a seven-point scale. A=93-100; B=85-92%; C=77-84% Any score below that is unacceptable. We’ll confer so that you will be able to improve. Make up work must be completed within two days of your return to class. Homework is not accepted late except in the event of an absence.

Progress Reports: Progress reports for this class are available via Parent Assist.

Grade Distribution

Response Notebooks/Tests 50%

Out of Class Assignments 25%

Class Participation/Daily Work 25%

Work is expected on its due date.

Required Supplies: Loose-leaf paper; blue or black pens; #2 pencils; a binder or folder in which to keep handouts and notes; a composition book to be left in the classroom at all times;

If your last name begins with A-L, please bring one box of tissue paper/Kleenex;

If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring one bottle of hand sanitizer

Recommended Supplies: varying colors of highlighters; post-it notes (tiny, small, medium, and lined large) of varying colors; a flash drive/thumb drive; magic markers, colored pencils, and sharpies

A Not-so-friendly Warning: This is not a class for someone who does not actually READ the texts. If you have been getting by (or plan to try getting by with) only reading Sparknotes, Wikipedia, or Pink Monkey, et cetera, FORGET IT! I promise you that you may scrape by my assignments (or even do well on them), but you will not fool College Board. This class is what you make it, not how you fake it.

Office Hours: PLEASE feel free to contact me either via email (I check it at least twice a day) or in person to schedule extra help or academic advice. I, also, am a student, so I’m not here after school every single day. I am available on Thursdays from 3:10 to 4:00, but if you’re planning on stopping by, please mention this to me so that I can be here to greet you! If you are unable to meet me during my office hours, we can still make arrangements. Just ask!

Have I mentioned that I am very much looking forward to working with you? Well, I am! PLEASE never hesitate to ask me any questions or email me with any concerns that you may have. I am always happy to help in any way possible. This is going to be a fantastic year!


Laurel Eury Naughton

The following syllabus is intended to be a guide. We will cover the material listed, but dates will be given as the year progresses. Note that the first three weeks of school are fleshed out? There’s already a change! I’ll explain as we go over the assignments.
AP Literature & Composition Syllabus

1st Quarter/Hunger & Helplessness: Mischief, Mayhem, & Magic Realism

Week 1

Class Activities:



  1. Summer assignments

  2. Review letter/syllabus

  3. Surprise! AP writing test (Petry) 

Homework: Email me a “Hi!” note with the answers to the questions in Appendix A (at the end of this syllabus) so that I can be certain that your email addresses are not blocked. Ask me tomorrow if I received it. Be sure to put YOUR NAME and class period in the subject line! Please use an email address that you frequently check. (You may copy and paste the questions into the email OR attach the answers as a Word document.)

Macbeth (Due 9/7)


  1. Getting to know you/class introductions

Discuss sample writing test responses

Form groups for presentations on summer reading

Readings from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Macbeth (9/7)


  1. Discuss HTRLLP

  2. Handout on symbolism, imagery, & style

  3. Panels prepare for presentations (see rubric)

Macbeth (9/7)

Finalize preparations for panel discussion

Week 2

  1. Class Activities:



Panel Presentations

Class discussion & written wrap-up

Macbeth (9/7)


  1. “Follow the Symbol” (Frankenstein) activity

  1. Create a “Classic Card”

  1. Macbeth (9/7)


Lecture: Rhetorical Triangle

“The Man at the Well”

Discuss theme, symbolism, imagery & style (Man’s responsibility to Man)

Handout of quotes & meanings

Macbeth (9/7)


  1. Read “Hills like White Elephants”

Collaborative visual presentations

Handout on guidelines for Socratic Seminars

Macbeth (9/7)


Socratic Seminar: “Hills like White Elephants”

Macbeth (9/7)

Week 3

Class Activities:



No school

Macbeth (9/7)


Macbeth test

Lecture: Shakespeare & the Renaissance

“Text in Context” activity

Brighton Rock due 10/4


Lecture: Macbeth

Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4

Week 4

Class Activities:




Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4


Macbeth/Review by creating stems & item alternatives

Brighton Rock due 10/4


Macbeth AP-Style Essay Test

Brighton Rock due 10/4

Week 5

Class Activities:



“The Yellow Wallpaper”

“The Story of an Hour”

Brighton Rock due 10/4


College Admission Essay

Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4

Week 6

Class Activities:



Excerpt from “The Prelude”

Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4



Brighton Rock due 10/4

Week 7

Class Activities:



Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20

Week 8

Class Activities:



Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock/Review by creating stems &item alternatives

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Brighton Rock AP-Style Essay Test

Parallel Novel due 10/20

Week 9

Class Activities:



“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Parallel Novel due 10/20



“What I Said”

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 94

Parallel Novel due 10/20


Parallel Novel Assessment





Wk 10

Class Activities:



Review w/class stems & item alternatives


Quarter Testing/Multiple choice portion


Testing: Essays/Symbolism


Review and Reflection


No school

Covetousness and Vengeance: The Green-Eyed Monster Attacks

2nd Quarter

Excerpt from The Life of Samuel Johnson

“A Modest Proposal”


Bradstreet’s “The Author to Her Book”

Cisneros’ “Eleven”


“The Cask of Amontillado”

Donne’s “The Broken Heart”

Wuthering Heights


Assorted poetry by Plath

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29

AP-Style Comprehensive Exam

Esoteric Vindication: Death and a Journey

3rd Quarter

“Richard Cory”

“Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”

“Death Be Not Proud”

“A Good Man is Hard to Find”

The Stranger

Excerpt from Jewett’s “A White Heron”

“Young Goodman Brown”

“Janet Waking”

“Dog’s Death”

“Death of a Toad”

As I Lay Dying


Excerpt from Strachey’s essay on Florence Nightingale

“Death of a Ball Turret Gunner”

“To an Athlete Dying Young”

“The Last Night that She Lived”

Assorted poetry by Donne, Frost, Keats, Yeats, and Dickinson

AP-Style Comprehensive Exam Pieces

Paradoxes and Puzzles: the Duality of Man, Time and Place

4th Quarter


A Room with a View

Excerpts from The Things They Carried

“The House of Asterion”

“The Whore’s Child”


“What It’s Like to be a Black Girl (for those of you who aren’t)”

“London, 1802”
Compare/contrast Homer’s “The Shield of Achilles”/Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts”/Williams’ “Landscape w/ Fall of Icarus”

Excerpt from Kogawa’s Obason

Assorted poetry by Frost and Dickinson

TBA: The Importance of Being Earnest, Canterbury Tales, Beowulf

Parallel Reading Possibilities

(Reminder: Ask me before beginning to read. Your choice may not work for the particular quarter. Everything must be pre-approved!)

Anderson, Sherman - Winesburg, Ohio

Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain

Capote, Truman - In Cold Blood

Cather, Willa - My Antonia

Chopin, Kate - The Awakening

Cooper, James F. - The Last of the Mohicans

Conroy, Pat - The Prince of Tides

Delillo, Don – White Noise

Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy

---. Sister Carrie

Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man

Faulkner, William - Absalom, Absalom

---. The Sound and the Fury *

Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby

---. This Side of Paradise

Gaines, Ernest – A Lesson Before Dying

Goethe, Johann - Faust

Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The House of the Seven Gables

Heller, Joseph - Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms

---. For Whom the Bell Tolls

---. The Old Man and the Sea

---. The Sun Also Rises

Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God

Irving, John - The World According to Garp

Kesey, Ken - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior

Malamud, Bernard - The Natural

Morrison, Toni - Beloved

---. The Bluest Eye

---. Song of Solomon

Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar

Rand, Ayn – Anthem

---. The Fountainhead

Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye

Sinclair, Upton - The Jungle

Steinbeck, John - East of Eden

---. The Grapes of Wrath

Styron, William - Sophie's Choice

Vonnegut, Kurt - Breakfast of Champions

---. Cat's Cradle

---. Slaughterhouse-Five

Walker, Alice - The Color Purple

---. The Temple of My Familiar

Warren, Robert P. - All the King's Men

West, Nathaniel - The Day of the Locust

Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence

---. Ethan Frome

Wolfe, Thomas - Look Homeward, Angel

Wolfe, Tom - The Bonfire of the Vanities

---. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Wright, Richard - Native Son

Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart

Aeschylus - The Oresteia

---. Prometheus Bound

Alighieri, Dante - Inferno (Mandlebaum trans. pref.)

---. Paradiso (Mandlebaum trans. pref.)

---. Purgatorio (Mandlebaum trans. pref.)

Allende, Isabel - The House of the Spirits

Anonymous - Everyman

---. La Chanson de Roland

---. The Mabinogion

---. Poema de El Cid

Aristophanes - Lysistrata

Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale

Austen, Jane - Emma

---. Persuasion

---. Pride and Prejudice

---. Sense and Sensibility

Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot

Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre *

Bunyan, John - Pilgrim's Progress

Cervantes, Miguel de - Don Quixote de la Mancha

Cisneros, Sandra – The House on Mango Street

Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness

---. The Secret Sharer

---. Lord Jim

---. Nostromo

Defoe, Daniel - Moll Flanders

Dickens, Charles - Bleak House

---. David Copperfield

---. Hard Times

---. Martin Chuzzlewit

---. Nicholas Nickleby

Dinesen, Isak – Out of Africa

Dostoevsky, Fyodor -The Brothers Karamazov

---. Crime and Punishment

Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers (unabridged)

Eliot, George - Middlemarch

---. Silas Marner

Euripides - Alcestis

---. Electra

---. Medea

---. The Trojan Women

Fielding, Henry - The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary

Forster, E.M. - Howard's End

---. A Passage to India

---. Where Angels Fear to Tread

Fowles, John - The French Lieutenant's Woman

Fuentes, Carlos - A Change of Skin Terra Nostra

García Márquez, Gabriel - Love in the Time of Cholera

---. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gardner, John - Grendel *

Goethe, Johann - Faust (part 1)

Greene, Graham - The Heart of the Matter

---. The Power and the Glory

Hardy, Thomas - Jude the Obscure

---. The Mayor of Casterbridge

---. The Return of the Native

---. Tess of the d'Urbervilles

James, Henry – The American

Jonson, Ben - Volpone

Joyce, James - Dubliners

---. Ulysses

Kafka, Franz ---. The Trial

Lawrence, D.H. - Sons and Lovers

Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook

---The Fifth Child

---. The Grass is Singing

Malory, Sir Thomas - Le Morte D'Arthur

Marlowe, Christopher - Doctor Faustus

Milton, John - Paradise Lost

---. Paradise Regained

---. Samson Agonistes

More, Sir Thomas - Utopia

Moliére - . The Misanthrope

---. Tartuffe

Naipul, V.S. – A Bend in the River

Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago

Paton, Alan - Cry, the Beloved Country

Rabelais, François - Gargantua

Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac

Rushdie, Salman - Midnight's Children

Shakespeare - Henry IV (Part I or II)

---. Henry V

---. King Lear

---. Love's Labour's Lost

---. The Merchant of Venice

---. Richard II

---. Richard III

---. The Taming of the Shrew

---. The Tempest

---. Twelfth Night

Shaw, George B. - Man and Superman

---. Saint Joan

Singer, Isaac B. - Enemies, A Love Story

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander - Cancer Ward

---. The First Circle

---. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Sophocles - Electra

---. Oedipus Rex

Soyinka, Wole - Death and the King's Horseman

---. The Lion and the Jewel

Spenser, Edmund - The Faerie Queen

Sterne, Lawrence - Tristram Shandy

Stoppard, Tom - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tennyson, Alfred - Idylls of the King

Tolstoy, Leo - Anna Karenina

---. The Death of Ivan Ilyich

---. War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons

Vargas Llosa, Mario - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

---. The War of the End of the World

Virgil - The Aeneid (Fitzgerald trans.)

Voltaire - Candide

Woolf, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway

---. To the Lighthouse

Appendix A - Homework for Day One (Due by 11:59 P.M. on August 25th)

Reminder: Email the answers to me with your name in the subject line.

My name is

I like to be called
My email address is
My phone number is
Next summer, I plan to

After I graduate, I plan to

I have applied to

My major will probably be

But it might be

My interests outside of school (including sports teams, clubs, church groups, hobbies, etc.) include

My part time job is

Not including required reading for this class, I like to read (authors/titles/genres)

My greatest challenge this academic year will be


My family and pets include

I am taking AP Literature and Composition because

From Mrs. Naughton, I predict I will need (include seating preferences, read aloud preferences, health needs, or anything else you think I may need to know)

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