Weclome to AP Literature and Composition!
Students enrolled in this course should realize that it is not simply an advanced version of the English 12 course offered at this school. AP English students will find that both the work and expectations of this class are comparable to those of a freshman-level college English literature and/or composition class. Students will engage in careful reading and analysis of literature and examine major literary forms, themes, and styles. Readings will include a wide variety of literature from the 16th through the 21st century, and students will engage in more extensive examination of selected works. Students will analyze textual detail in order to draw inferences and to interpret the work’s meaning and value. Writing, a key component of the course, will take a variety of forms including exposition, analysis, critical inquiry, and argument. Students will have frequent opportunities for writing and rewriting formal, extended analyses as well as for informal, exploratory writing activities that enable students to discover what they think through the process of writing about their reading (i.e., annotation, free-writing, reading journals, and response/reaction papers.) In addition, creative writing opportunities will be utilized to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of style and literary artistry. Throughout the year, students will receive guidance to improve their skills in analysis and composition including rhetoric, logical organization, audience awareness, diction, grammar and syntax. Students will also learn to balance general statement in writing with specific evidence. They will be coached to revise and refine their own writing styles. Student writing will be scored according to the same rubric provided for this course by the College Board. Class time will also be devoted to test-taking strategies, and students will participate in several practice tests and timed-writing assignments.
- First Quarter: Introduction to Literary Analysis
- Second Quarter: Critical Approaches to Literature
- Third Quarter: Argument and Interpretation
- Fourth Quarter: Rsearch and Case Study