"AP English Literature and Composition"
AP English Literature and Composition Dr. S. Renée Summers Course Description AP Literature and Composition focuses primarily on the literary analysis of British literature and related English scholarship. It requires students to work independently at home, to participate fully in class, and to accept responsibility for their work. Teacher’s Goals for Students 1. You will persist in cultivating your appreciation and understanding of novels, poetry, plays, and short stories so that they will continue to inform your conclusions about the human condition. 2. I want you to feel confident with your ability to read and digest almost any writing you encounter. 3. You can assert clearly and defend thoroughly any argument you can logically frame and validly put to paper (or cyberspace). 4. Through thorough reading, discussion, and writing, you discover and confront issues and questions that are genuinely important to you, and in so doing, grow in maturity and intellect. 5. You will take and pass the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. Course Objectives 1. To develop the ability to interpret and analyze a literary work with fluency, insight, and evidence. 2. To learn and to identify literary terms for novels, plays, poems, and essays and relate them to meaning in writing or oral presentation. 3. To recognize and relate to meaning the four kinds of literary evidence: direct quotations, paraphrases, summarized actions and events, and the opinions of competent critics. 4. To sharpen writing skills in expository, analytical, and persuasive essays. 5. To improve oral communication through recitation, discussion, and presentations. Materials Elements of Literature, 6th Course Perrine’s Literature Writing About Literature The Riverside Guide to Writing and Writing about Literature Supplementary novels and plays listed on the summer reading list. Course of Study Fall Semester College Resumes, Cover Letter, and College Application Essays Tess/Awakening Fundamentals of Poetry/Representative 20th century poetry Anglo-Saxon poetry and Beowulf The Middle Ages and Canterbury Tales Hamlet Spring Semester The Renaissance and Metaphysical Poets Milton’s Paradise Lost Research Paper: Choice of 1984, The Kite Runner, Grapes of Wrath, or Invisible Man The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century Gulliver’s Travels The Nineteenth Century The Twentieth Century Course Plan By studying different literary genres students will: read to learn that they can explore multiple meanings in a literary work. prepare college resumes and related college application essays. explicate, in class discussion and in writing, selected literary works. prepare oral presentations that relate history to the literary period. write documented expository, analytical, persuasive and/or evaluative essays. write timed in-class essays to assess their writing skills under pressure and to prepare for the AP exam. write an analysis research paper. develop and practice procedures for answering objective and subjective test items such as those appearing on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam. keep response journals and reading record cards. imitate writing styles and techniques through creative writing. be tested over literary terms and applications. identify literary terms and analyze how they relate to meaning. Please keep this syllabus in the front of your notebook. A unit syllabus will be provided at the appropriate time.