Field of Study
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. AP English Literature and Composition is designed to challenge the student’s ability to think critically, to analyze and evaluate literature and its literary devices, and to write analytical essays effectively.
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is designed to challenge the student’s ability to think critically, to analyze and evaluate literature and to write effective analytical essays. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of literature to deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and entertainment. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, theme, as well as the author’s use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. The course draws from a diverse selection of literature from various genres, eras, topics, themes, and authors from an array of backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. In addition, information concerning cultural, historical, philosophical, and psychological influences is addressed. The genres include the epic, drama, novel, novella, short stories, and a focus on poetry. Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition aims to refine and improve the student’s writing style, voice, grammar, mechanics, organization, and expression. Students will analyze literature both independently and collaboratively with classmates using an array of synchronous and asynchronous resources. In addition, each student will prepare a research paper focused on literary criticism using the current MLA standards and the use of electronic sources. Projects and other assignments incorporate multimedia to enhance the student’s modern literacy skills, including the multimodalities of textual, visual, auditory, verbal, and participatory communication methods. The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course prepares students for the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam.
Students will analyze literature both independently and collaboratively with classmates using an array of synchronous and asynchronous resources. As outlined in the College Board’s Course Description of AP English Literature and Composition, AP Literature students should be prepared to work on course activities and reading outside of class, on average 8-10 hours a week. Communication and participation in assigned course activities is required.
The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course prepares students for the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam.
- Successful completion of English 9, English 10 and English 11 or AP English Language and Composition.
- Students must demonstrate the ability to work independently and be self-motivated. An interest in writing and a mastery of the skills learned in previous English courses is essential.
- Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.
Course Texts and Materials
- All texts are presented in the course as e-texts for student access. However, hard copies are recommended for lengthy texts: Shakespeare’s Othello, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Students may choose either Seamus Haney’s Beowulf or Burton Raffel’s translation of Beowulf (either edition can be determined by student preference). Students will also be required to select one novel or play from a list of provided works, chosen for their literary merit each semester. These books can be found at a school or local library.