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This 12th grade level course immerses students in close reading and analysis of a challenging literary works from a range of genres -- novels, short stories, poems, plays, and nonfiction. Composed of challenging reading and writing assignments, the course focuses on intensive reading and discussion of the literature. Students will read at a fast pace and will be required to form independent opinions about the offered materials. Thoughtful analysis of the readings and multi-step writing assignments will be required. The writing component focuses on focused interpretation of high level texts, with assignments ranging from Discussion Board posts to full, five paragraph essays. Through course discussion boards, students will have consistent interaction with the teacher and with peers. During weekly live sessions, students will participate in presentations about course concepts and will be able to get additional feedback on writing assignments. AP Literature and Composition is a year-long course. For most students, the course concludes with the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam in early May.
Analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.
Apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing.
Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research and/or personal experience.
Write for a variety of purposes.
Produce expository, analytical and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations and clear transitions;
Demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings.
Demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources.
Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing and review;
Write thoughtfully about their own process of composition.
Engage in multiple revisions of their written work to make it suitable for a different audience.
Analyze graphics and other visual images as text
Evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.