AP English Literature and Composition

This course immerses students in close reading and analysis of 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 centers on the focused interpretation of high-level texts, with assignments ranging from Discussion Board posts to full, five-paragraph essays. Through course discussions, students will have consistent interaction with the teacher and peers. During weekly live sessions (where applicable), students have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussion with the teacher about course concepts and gain additional feedback on coursework. 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. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: 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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Unit 1: Antigone

  • Antigone Background
  • Antigone The Tragic Hero
  • Antigone The Beginning
  • Antigone The Middle
  • Antigone The End

Unit 2: Hamlet

  • Hamlet Background
  • Hamlet Acts 1-5
  • Hamlet Characters and Themes

Unit 3: House of Mirth

  • House of Mirth Background
  • House of Mirth Book 1-2

Unit 4: A Tale of Two Cities

  • A Tale of Two Cities Background
  • A Tale of Two Cities Books 1-3

Unit 5: Poetry

  • Poetry: Longfellow and Bryant
  • Poetry: Holmes and Whittier
  • Poetry: Eliot
  • Poetry: Auden
  • Poetry: Angelou and Giovanni
  • Poetry Multiple Choice Practice

Unit 6: AP Exam Questions

  • AP Exam: Question 1 Poetry
  • AP Exam: Question 2 Prose
  • AP Exam: Question 3 Free Response
  • AP Exam: Multiple Choice


Unit 7: Dracula

  • Dracula Background
  • Dracula Chapters 1-26
  • AP Skills Review: Poetry Analysis

Unit 8: Pride and Prejudice

  • Pride and Prejudice Background
  • Pride and Prejudice Chapters 1-61
  • Literary Terms Review
  • AP Skills Review: Prose Analysis

Unit 9: The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Earnest Background
  • Earnest Acts 1-3
  • AP Skills Review: Free Response Question

Unit 10: This Side of Paradise

  • The Side of Paradise Background
  • The Side of Paradise Books 1-2

Unit 11: Dubliners

  • Dubliners Background
  • Dubliners Childhood Adolescence
  • Dubliners Maturity Public Life
  • AP Skills Review: Multiple Choice Strategies

Unit 12: Short Stories

  • Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Chopin The Story of an Hour
  • O'Connor A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • Faulkner Rose for Emily
  • Updike A&P
  • AP Skills Review: Short Story Wrap Up

Unit 13: Modern Novel

  • Character Analysis
  • Theme Analysis
  • Plot Analysis
  • Final Project

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