Course Level:             Advanced Placement

Credits:                       5

Grade Level:              12

Prerequisite:               English III Honors or Advanced Placement and Refer to Level Placement Policy

Course Code:             01-006-H

AP Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of a range of American, British and World literature. Through a close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of writers' use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone to develop a work's structure, style, and themes. They will also consider the social and historical context of the works.

Reading will be extensive and build upon the work done in previous English courses. Works read may include Waiting for Godot, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Things Fall Apart, Slaughterhouse-five and selections from Welcome to the Monkey House, Taming of the Shrew, The Scarlet Letter, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Ethan Frome, As I Lay Dying, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mrs. Dalloway, The Hours, Hamlet, Snow Falling on Cedars, and The Kiterunner. In addition, the class covers dozens of short stories and poems and prose excerpts from classic and contemporary novels.

Writing assignments will mostly focus on the critical analysis of literature and will include expository, analytical, and persuasive essays, often written under time constraints consistent with the AP exam and college courses. Assessments also include an MLA-formatted research paper, multimedia and collaborative projects, and Socratic Circles and Fishbowl discussions. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course take the AP exam.
Course Expectations published by the College Board. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com .

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