Title Top: Registration
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.