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AP English Literature and Composition
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This advanced literature 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. The course is composed of challenging reading and writing assignments which vary in depth and complexity, focusing on intensive reading and discussion of the literature and introducing secondary critical essays for discussion and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on thoughtful and cogent analysis of the readings using a variety of theoretical frameworks and devices. The course is intended to provide students with an academic experience parallel to that of a college level literature course.The writing component focuses on expository, analytical and argumentative writing about the literature through both discussion and essay format. Students are expected to be active readers as they analyze and interpret textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw logical inferences leading toward an interpretive conclusion.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 culminates with the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam in early May.

Prerequisites: We recommend strong grades in English 9, English 10, and English 11 and a willingness to tackle challenging works and to become an independent learner.

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Semester 1
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Unit 00: Introduction
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  • Course Introduction
  • AP Exam Introduction
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Unit 01: Antigone (2 weeks)
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  • Antigone Background
  • Antigone The Tragic Hero
  • Antigone The Beginning
  • Antigone The Middle
  • Antigone The End
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Unit 02: Hamlet (4 weeks)
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  • Hamlet Background
  • Hamlet Act 1 and 2
  • Hamlet Act 3
  • Hamlet Act 4
  • Hamlet Act 5
  • Hamlet Characters and Themes
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Unit 03: House of Mirth (4 weeks)
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  • House of Mirth Background
  • House of Mirth Book 1 First Half (Ch 1-8)
  • House of Mirth Book 1 Second Half (Ch 9-15)
  • House of Mirth Book 2 First Half (Ch 1-7)
  • House of Mirth Book 2 Second Half (Ch 8-14)
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Unit 04: A Tale of Two Cities (3 weeks)
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  • A Tale of Two Cities Background
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 1 (Ch 1-6)
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 2 (Ch 1-6)
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 2 (Ch 7-15)
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 2 (Ch 16-24)
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 3 (Ch 1-7)
  • A Tale of Two Cities Book 3 (Ch 8-15)
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Unit 05: Poetry (2 weeks)
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  • Poetry: Longfellow and Bryant
  • Poetry: Holmes and Whittier
  • Poetry: Eliot
  • Poetry: Auden
  • Poetry: Angelou and Giovanni
  • Poetry Multiple Choice Practice
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Unit 06: AP Exam Questions (1 week)
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  • AP Exam: Question 1 Poetry
  • AP Exam: Question 2 Prose
  • AP Exam: Question 3 Free Response
  • AP Exam: Multiple Choice
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Semester 2
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Unit 07: Dracula (3 weeks)
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  • Dracula Background
  • Dracula Ch 1-9
  • Dracula Ch 10-16
  • Dracula Ch 17-20
  • Dracula Ch 21-26
  • AP Skills Review: Poetry Analysis
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Unit 08: Pride and Prejudice (3-4 weeks)
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  • Pride and Prejudice Background
  • Pride and Prejudice Ch 1-11
  • Pride and Prejudice Ch 12-23
  • Pride and Prejudice Ch 24-35
  • Pride and Prejudice Ch 36-47
  • Pride and Prejudice Ch 48-61
  • Literary Terms Review
  • AP Skills Review: Prose Analysis
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Unit 09: The Importance of Being Earnest (2 weeks)
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  • Earnest Background
  • Earnest Act 1
  • Earnest Act 2
  • Earnest Act 3
  • AP Skills Review: Free Response Question
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Unit 10: This Side of Paradise (3 weeks)
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  • The Side of Paradise Background
  • The Side of Paradise Book 1 Ch 1-4 and Interlude
  • The Side of Paradise Book 2 Ch 1-3
  • The Side of Paradise Book 2 Ch 4-5
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Unit 11: Dubliners (2 weeks)
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  • Joyce Background
  • Dubliners Childhood Adolescence
  • Dubliners Maturity Public Life
  • AP Skills Review: Multiple Choice Strategies
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Unit 12: Short Stories (2 weeks)
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  • Gilman Yellow Wallpaper
  • Chopin Hour
  • O'Connor Good Man
  • Faulkner Rose for Emily
  • Updike A&P
  • AP Skills Review: Short Story Wrap Up
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Unit 13: Modern Novel (2 weeks)
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  • Character Analysis
  • Theme Analysis
  • Plot Analysis
  • Final Project