AP English Literature and Composition

“AP English Literature and Composition is an introductory college-level literary analysis course. It focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences” (College Board: AP Central).

This course will require students to exercise the independence, responsibility, and intellectual proficiency that college-level work demands. It is designed to prepare students for the demands of a college literature course and the continual necessity to be critical readers in all facets of life. AP 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