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									AP English Literature and Composition                               The Lesson, Toni Cade Bambar
                                                                    The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
                     Course Description
The goals of this course are to                                                                 Poetry:
                                                                    The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
        help students grow in their knowledge and love of          Rape, Adrienne Rich
         literature and their regard for the people who create it   An Irishman Foresees his Death, William Butler Yeats
        teach students to read actively and deliberately, write    1(a‖ and [Buffalo Bill’s], E.E. Cummings
         persuasively and analytically, and discuss works with      London, William Blake
         precision, sensitivity, energy, and imagination            Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day / Dover Beach,
        encourage students to write creatively and develop a       Matthew Arnold
         deep and abiding resonance with some literary texts        The Dover Bitch: A Criticism of Life, Anthony Hetcht
        provide students with a strong knowledge of                The Lamb / The Tyger / The Garden of Love, William Blake
         traditional vocabulary of literary study and elements      To the Virgins / to Make Much of Time, Robert Herrick
         of style                                                   When I was one-and-twenty / To an Athlete Dying Young,
        strengthen students’ speaking and listening skills         A.E. Housman
         through collaborative learning, cooperative groups,        To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell
         role-playing, simulations, synthesis, seminars, and        When I consider how my light is spent, John Milton
         multi-media presentations                                  Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley
        enable students to analyze the way in which clarity of     Crossing Brooklyn Ferry / The world is too much with us,
         meaning is affected by the patterns of organization,       Walt Whitman
         irony, tone, mood, the author’s style, the ―sound‖ of      We Real Cool, Gwendolyn Brooks
         language, imagery, personification, figures of speech,     The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
         and other techniques used by the author.                   Do not go gentle into that night, Dylan Thomas
                                                                    Death of a Toad,‖ Richard Wilbur’
        present students with the philosophical, political,
         religious, ethical, and social influences of the
         historical period that shaped the characters, plots and,                               Plays:
                                                                    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
         settings or the work.
                                                                    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
        prepare students to handle the rigors of a university
                                                                    A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
         course and to pass the AP exam
                                                                    Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles
        provide students with several opportunities to
                                                                    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and The Tragedy of Othello by
         demonstrate mastery of 12th grade California English-
                                                                    William Shakespeare
         Language Arts Standards: Reading, Writing,
                                                                    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
         Listening, and Speaking (
                     Required Text:                                 Beloved by Tony Morrison
DiYanni, Robert. Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and           Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Drama. 5th Edition. McGraw Hill ISBN # 0-07-242617-9
               Recommended Materials:                               An AP English Literature and Composition course engages
Any AP Literature and Composition Preparation Guide                 students in the careful reading and critical analysis of
                                                                    imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected
In the AP Literature and Composition course, the student
                                                                    texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers
should consider obtaining a personal copy of the various
                                                                    use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their
novels, plays, epics, poems, and short fiction use in the course.
                                                                    readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure,
                                                                    style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the
                       Short Stories:                               use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
Astronomer’s Wife, Kate Boyle
Shiloh, Bobby Ann Mason
                                                                    Reading in this course is both wide and deep. This reading
Araby, James Joyce
                                                                    necessarily builds upon the reading done in previous English
The Rocking House Winner, D.H. Lawrence
                                                                    courses. Students will read works from several genres and
Good Country People / A Good Man Is Hard To Find.
                                                                    periods—from sixteenth to the twenty-first century—but,
Flannery O’Connor
                                                                    more importantly, they get to know a few works well. They
Eleven, Sandra Cisneros
                                                                    read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Gabriel Garcia
                                                                    work’s complexity, to absorb its richness and meaning, and to
                                                                    analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. In
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
                                                                    addition to considering a work’s artistry, students reflect on
Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne
                                                                    the social and historical values it reflects and embodies.
Metamorphosis, Franz KafkaI Stand Here Ironing, Tillie
                                                                    Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context
                                                                    provides a foundation for interpretation, whatever critical
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, Katherine Anne Porter
                                                                    perspectives are brought to bear on the literary works studied.
Gimpel the Fool, Isaac Bashevis Singer
                         Active Reading:                                     A logical organization, enhanced by specific
Reading actively includes understanding the writer’s purpose,                 techniques of coherence such as repetition,
audience, logic, and themes. Highlighting and annotating help                 transitions, and emphasis;
the reader toward understanding what is read.                                A balance of generalization with specific illustrative
Highlighting involves marking the text with symbols                           detail; and;
(underline, number, etc.) whenever the reader comes across a                 An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling
particularly useful or interesting section. Annotating involves               tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving
carrying on a conversation with the text by using marginal                    emphasis through parallelism and antithesis.
notes. The reader might do this by asking questions and
looking for parallels among the reading, other readings, and         The writing required in an AP English Literature and
the reader’s personal experiences. Questions which arise             Composition course is thus more than a mere adjunct to the
during active reading are then answered through a more               study of literature. The writing that students produce in the
careful analysis.                                                    course reinforces their reading. Since reading and writing
                                                                     stimulate and support one another, they are taught together in
                            Writing                                  order to underscore both their reading. Since reading and
―Don’t tear up the page and start over again when you write a        writing stimulate and support one another, they are taught
bad line-try to write your way out of it. Make mistakes and          together in order to underscore both their common and their
plunge on…Writing is a means of discovery, always.‖                  distinctive elements (AP English Course Description 2006).
–Garrison Keillor
                                                                                               The “9” Essay
―Inspiration usually comes during work, rather that before           The essay is a well-organized essay that answers the question
it.‖–Madeleine L’ Engle                                              incisively. The writer develops a valid thesis through the use
―I’ve always thought best when I wrote.‖ -Toni Morrison              of specific and relevant references to the text. Insight into the
                                                                     literature is clearly expressed using language appropriate to
―Writing is a political instrument.‖ – James Baldwin                 literary criticism. The writer demonstrates command of the
                                                                     elements of composition and analytical writing.
―I write to find out what I’m thinking. I write to find out who I
am. I write to understand things.‖ – Julia Alvarez                   We will work every day on invigorating your writing style.
                                                                     You will participate in writing workshops that will focus on
―To engage in imitation is to begen to understand what               improving your voice, style, diction, syntax, and structure. We
originality means.‖ –Nicholas Delblanco                              will work on improving your ability to balance observations
                                                                     and generalizations with concrete details and insightful
―The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it      commentary. We will work on eliminating weak verbs,
right the first time-unlike, say, brain surgery.‖ –Robert            wordiness, deadwood, clichés, qualifiers, synonyms,
Cormier                                                              preposition overloading, and nominalization. We will
                                                                     implement the writing process to help you write logically,
Writing is an integral part of course and exam. Writing              emphatically, concisely, coherently, and beautifully. In order
assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and         to improve your writing, the process requires several revisions
include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.            to each piece of formal writing. Peer editing and teacher
Although critical analysis makes up the bulk of students             feedback will be a major part of the process. Peer editing
writing for the course, well-constructed creative writing            helps students recognize common mistakes and ways to
assignments may help students see from the inside how                encourage careful analysis. Teacher feedback further guides
literature is written. Such experiences sharpen their                students toward mastery of the aforementioned writing
understanding of what writers have accomplished and deepen           techniques.
their appreciation of literary artistry. The goal of both types of
writing assignments is to increase students’ ability to explain      For each formal writing assignment, you will be given a
clearly, cogently, even elegantly, what they understand about        specific grading rubric. We will go over the rubrics as a class
literary works and why they interpret them as they do.               prior to beginning each assignment and again prior to
                                                                     submitting a paper for a grade. Remember to consult your
To that end, writing instruction includes attention to               rubrics throughout the entire writing process.
developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and
persuasive language. It includes study of the elements of style.                                 Portfolio
And it attends to matters of precision and correctness as            You will produce a final writing portfolio that includes
necessary. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on              creative writing, persuasive pieces, pastiches, parodies,
helping students develop stylistic maturity, which, for AP           original poetry, reflections, interpretative essays, explications,
English, is characterized by the following:                          expository essays, meta-cognitive journals, evaluations, on-
                                                                     demand writing, style analyses, literary analyses, formal
        A wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative              analyses, and research papers.
         accuracy and connotative resourcefulness;
        A variety of sentence structures, including                           Group Projects and Oral Presentations:
         appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate               Students will from groups to read and discuss the work
         constructions;                                              assigned. The group will be assigned an element(s) and/or a
character(s) to analyze along with a seminar topic to research.     Miller’s ―Tragedy and the Common Man‖
Each student will share their findings, insights, evidence, and
observations with the group. Each group will share their               Unit 1: Literary Criticism and Genres: New
information with the class Evaluation and assessment section              Criticism, Historical/Social/Feminist,
                      Performance Tasks:
                                                                       Archetypal/Mythic, and Other Approaches
        Group projects and seminars for each major work                                 6 weeks
        Timed essays based on past AP prompts
        Formal research papers                                     Reading (and Writing about) Literature (DiYanni, pp. 2-13)
        Oral presentations
        Personal essay                                             The Experience of Fiction, The Interpretation of Fiction, The
        Creative writing: Photo poem, autobiographical             Evaluation of Fiction, and The Act of Reading Fiction
         poem, CHS poem, pastiche, parody, personification,         (Diyanni pp.21-32)
         script, screenplay, and original poems and short
         stories.                                                   Types of Fiction (DiYanni, pp. 37-42)
        Multiple-choice exams
                                                                    Reading Poems: The Experience of Poetry, The Interpretation
        DE journals/annotations/graphic organizers/reading
                                                                    of Poetry, The Evaluation of Poetry, and The Act of Reading
         journals/discussion questions
                                                                    Poetry (DiYanni, pp. 670-681)
        Literary analyses
        Reading/responding/ analyzing novels, drama,               Types of Poetry (DiYanni, pp. 682-685)
         fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and film.
                                                                    Critical Theory: Approaches to the Analysis and Interpretation
                        Grading Scale                               of Literature (DiYanni, pp.2068-2111)
    90-100 %        A        In-class writings,             40%     Reading poetry is a ―recursive process.‖ In-class reading aloud
    80-89 %         B        discussions & activities               of poetry, reading actively/annotating, group discussion and
    70-79 %         C        Group projects, seminar        30%     analysis, and writing about a work of literature.
    60-69 %         D        topics &collaborative work
    <60 %           F        Out of class writing,          30%     Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Creating Meaningful
                             reading &other assign.                 Thesis Statements, Using implicit and explicit evidence
*Absences and tardiness      EC& enrichment activities       3%     Peer editing, rewriting, and revising
can affect your grade.
                                                                    Timed in-class writing: Compare/Contrast two works in the
           Extra Credit and Enrichment Activities                   same genre using all 3 critical approaches
        Plays-The theatre experience is a must to help one
         understand the drama genre. You will have many             Explanation of Critical Approaches to Literature Paper
         opportunities to attend the theatre and view plays of      Develop Rubric in class/share anchor papers
         literary merit for extra credit. You will write a review
         and complete a literary analysis for each. You will                Unit 2: Personal Essay for College
         also be able to attend the school’s productions also.
        Film-You also have opportunities to practice your
                                                                            Admission/Scholarship Application
         literary analysis skills by applying your knowledge to                      3 weeks in class
         film. You will be able to watch films and make
         thematic connections to the literature read in class.      Explanation of the Reflective Essay
         You will be able to watch the film version of the          Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Choosing a topic,
         work and discuss the treatment of specific scenes.         developing your voice, using anecdotes, narration strategies,
         You will also be able to use your literary analysis        dialogue and details, and writing emphatically and concisely.
         skills to learn how to read a film.
        Novels-You will have the opportunity to read a novel       Peer editing, rewriting, and revising
         from a selected list each quarter. You will complete a     Develop Rubric in class/share papers
         literary analysis and compare the themes and style of
         the novel to other works by that author or other                      Unit 3: The Greek Theatre/
         works in that genre.                                                  Aristotle’s view of Tragedy
        Others- TBA                                                     3 weeks outside of class / 2 weeks in class
            Summer Assignment: Modern Drama
                  Summer/2 weeks in class                           Oedipus the King and Antigone
Setting / Theme / Literary Terms / Biblical Allusions               The Greek Theatre: Sophocles in Context (Diyanni, pp.1217-
A Doll’s House                                                      1301)
A Raisin in the Sun                                                 Group project #1: Literary Analysis of Drama
Death of a Salesman                                                 Timed in-class AP Free Response Question
                                                                    Discuss AP Test Question 3 rubric and study sample essays
                                                                Explanation of the research paper
Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Writing about drama,          Invigorating Your Style Workshop: MLA format, attribution,
using academic verbs, embedding quotes, and writing about       documentation, using sources, quotations, citations,
character and theme                                             constructing a sound an argument, counterarguing, and
Peer editing, rewriting, and revising                           exposing fallacies.
     Unit 4: Style Analysis: Poetry and Prose
                  5 weeks in class                              Peer editing, rewriting, and revising

Elements of Fiction: Plot, Character, Setting, Point of View,     Unit 7: Theatre of the Absurd/Existentialism
Language and Style, Irony and Symbol (Diyanni, pp. 43-106)                      2 weeks in class
Writing about Fiction (DiYanni, pp. 107-124)
Elements of Poetry: Voice, Speaker, Tone, Diction, Imagery,     Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Figures of Speech, Symbolism, Allegory, Syntax, Sound,          (DiYanni, pp.1507-08)
Rhythm, Meter, Structure, and Theme (DiYanni, pp. 686-755)      Homework and discussion questions
Writing about Poetry (DiYanni, pp. 805-821)
                                                                             Unit 8: Metaphysical Poetry
Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Concrete detail,                                 2 weeks in class
commentary, chunking, the ideal paragraph, transitions, and     Conceits
tips for taking in-class essays.                                Poetry analysis and reflection
                                                                Practice multiple-choice selections
Peer editing, rewriting, and revising
Group project #2: Literary Analysis: Poetry
Timed in-class writing: Tone and Elements of Style                        Unit 9: Philosophy and Literature
Explanation of Interpretation Paper                                                4 weeks in class
Discuss rubrics for AP Test Questions 1 and 2. Study sample
essays.                                                         Crime and Punishment (outside of class)
                                                                ―Metamorphosis‖ (DiYanni, pp. 393)
   Unit 5: The Novel: Toni Morrison’s Beloved                   Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction (DiYanni, pp. 181-229).
    5 weeks outside of class/2 weeks in class
                                                                Group Project: Create your own philosophy
                                                                Timed in-class writing: prose analysis
Structural Approaches                                           Explanation of literary analysis paper: fiction
Point of View, Narration, and the Implied Author                Create rubric and share sample essay
Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Identifying key terms,        Invigorating Your Style Workshop: Writing a parody, creating
cueing the reader, meaning of the work as a whole, writing in   a pastiche, and using personification.
present tense, academic nouns
                                                                Peer editing, rewriting, and revising
Peer editing, rewriting, and revising

Group Project #3: Literary Analysis: Novel                            Unit 10: Comedy/Satire: Tartuffe and
Timed in-class writing: AP Free Response Questions                            “A Modest Proposal”
Explanation of Social/Historical Perspective Paper                  Elements of Satire and Ladder of Comedy
Create rubric/share samples essays                                               2 weeks in class
                    End of 1st Semester                         Explanation of the function of comedy/satire paper
                                                                Create rubric and share sample essays.
Portfolio with reflection and self-evaluation
Final Exam                                                      Invigorating Your Style Workshop: using humor, writing a
          Unit 6: The Elizabethan Theatre:                      Peer editing, rewriting, and revising
               Shakespeare in Context
                   5 weeks in class                                              Unit 11: Practice Exam
                                                                                     1 week in class
Hamlet Prince of Denmark (in class) and Othello (outside of
class)                                                          AP Exam in May
Critical Perspectives and Research on Elizabethan Worldview
(Diyanni, pp.1302-1505)                                               End of 2nd Semester / Remainder of year
(Diyanni, pp. 2031-2067)
Group Project #5: Research and Seminar (See topics)             Complete Senior Year Portfolio
Timed in-class writing: Issues in Hamlet/Othello                Course Evaluation Due
Final Project: Summary of Learning Due

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