English Literature and Composition (Honors)

English Literature and Composition (Honors) combines the exploration of British literature and contemporary North American literature in preparation for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. Students focus on the intricacies of the text and evaluating the multi-layered possibilities of the words on a page in conjunction with the development of critical reading skills. Works by Foster, Shelley, Hurston, Huxley, Shakespeare, Wilson, and Austen, provide the foundation for extensive close reading, analytical writing, and further development of both grammar and vocabulary skills. English Literature and Composition (Honors), the equivalent of a college literature course, will require students to exercise the independence, responsibility, and intellectual proficiency that college-level work demands and the continual necessity to be critical readers in all facets of life.

Honors students have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of college-level reading comprehension and writing on the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. As with other AP courses, additional assignments should be expected over school breaks and vacations.

Prerequisite: Recommendation from current English teacher and approval by the Humanities  Department Chair