This course is designed to meet the standards for AP English Literature & Composition, as outlined in the most recent edition of the course description provided by The College Board.
AP Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. The course requires intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods in history, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. The course builds upon reading completed in earlier English courses so that students will have read works from several genres and periods — from the 16th to the 21st century. Careful attention is paid to both textual detail as well as historical context. All students will approach critical reading based on the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature.
Most works read throughout the course were originally written in English, although the goal is to engage students in reading and discussion from a diverse and wide-range of cultural, social, ethnic, gender, racial, and/or class perspectives. Since AP Literature and Composition offers 12th grade students an opportunity to engage with college-level reading, analysis, and discussion, students must have the maturity, skill, and will to seek the larger meaning of controversial issues raised throughout the course, which is both fair and owed to the art and the author.
Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays; however, creative writing assignments may help students see how literature is written. The goal of these writing assignments is for students to explain clearly, cogently, and elegantly what they understand about literary works and why they interpret them as they do.