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AP English Literature

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Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Literature Exam by extensive reading and analysis of texts from the sixteenth century to the present. By immersion into literature, poetry, and stage plays, students will learn to understand and appreciate the richness of the English language and the amazing possibility of the expression of human experience through language and creative writing. Through independent as well as in-class reading, discussion, and the occasional film, students will experience a variety of genres and styles. We will learn to recognize and identify structural, thematic, and stylistic characteristics of these texts. Interaction within the class will encourage critical thinking and analysis while writing assignments will help students learn to convey their understanding and opinions on a text in clear and organized manner.

Course Workload

This course will require a considerable amount of reading as well as timed writing assignments. Long readings will be presented on a suggested schedule and students will have the opportunity to pace their reading with respect to other demands in their personal schedules. Writing and grammatical assignments will supplement readings for the sake of improving students’ writing skills.

The course is designed to sharpen students’ creative thinking and writing skills through the following requirements:

  • Reading a variety of types of poetry and prose from the sixteenth century to today
  • Independent time management for assignments which extend over several weeks
  • Learning the identify and understand the purpose of various literary techniques
  • Discussion with other students about the meaning and composition of a text
  • Exploring the structure, meaning, rhetorical strategies, and interpretive levels of poetry and prose
  • Analysing the perspective of an author through historical circumstance and his or her presentation of an event in a fictional text
  • Learning to prepare to write by composing organized essay plans
  • Writing formal and grammatically correct analyses of literary texts

Students should expect to do 3 hours per week in addition to the class.

Course Outlook

This course will require a considerable amount of independent reading. In class we will discuss these readings in whole or part, depending on the nature of the text and the intention of the lesson. There will be lectures interspersed throughout the course to provide foundational teaching on how and what to analyse in different texts. In general, however, this class will be largely interactive as the students will be highly encouraged to participate in discussion. The goal of the course is to prepare for the AP exam, as well as to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the beauty of expression through language.

This AP is approved by the College Board.

Start On August 29, 2024
Duration 30 weeks
Level AP
Prerequisites No
Day & Time THURSDAYS @
UK 4:00 PM
EST 11:00 AM
Price £560.00

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