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AP Literature

Course Description:            
The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to teach students the beginnings of college-level writing through the interpretation and rhetorical evaluation of a wide range of literary works and genres.  On a daily basis, students will be asked to read critically, think clearly, and write concisely.  By the end of the course, students will be able to use a well-developed voice in their writing through varied sentence structure and tone in order to analyze the effectiveness of the author’s style and use of literary devices; which includes, but is not limited to diction, syntax, figurative language, and mechanics.  Through the study of literature, students will use the authors studied in this course as appropriate models for their own development as a writer.
            In addition, students will be exposed to the art literature.  They will compare the different works’ structure, style, language, imagery, symbolism, and tone and analyze how this affects the work as a whole.  Students will be constantly asking why decisions were made by the author in order to understand that each and every word or punctuation has a purpose and should be analyzed as such.  By the end of the course, students will be able to look at literature as a carefully organized piece of art, rather than randomly selected words.
            The instructor will work closely with students throughout the writing process which includes, but is not limited to: writing to understand, writing to explain, and writing to evaluate.  The instructor will provide frequent and consistent feedback as students are provided opportunities to revise their work.  Feedback will be focused on the structure of the essay, its paragraphs and its sentences.  In addition, feedback will assist students in the art of being an effective evaluator of a piece of literature, which includes an ample understanding of literary devices and an unfaltering ability to question why something was or was not used.  The overall goal of feedback from the instructor is to assist with the student’s development of their writing toward a sophisticated style and guide their criticism of literature toward an in-depth analysis.

​See the College Board website for a more detailed description of the course, answers to frequently asked questions, and helpful resources.