AP Literature and Composition

Course Description:  This course is designed to prepare students for a college-level English course and the Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition Exam. Students read a variety of genres and practice developing their own essay topics that are focused, well-supported, and organized. In preparation for the AP exam, students also have opportunities to synthesize multiple sources into a coherent, unified, supported argument. Students learn to annotate poetry, approach multiple choice questions, and, more importantly, develop their own textual analysis of various works. Special emphasis is placed on group and independent analysis of setting, characterization, point of view, tone, style, figurative language, and the significance of individual elements in relation to each work as a whole. Supplemental materials and support are provided for students to prepare for the Advanced Placement Test in May.  

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • engage and expand upon literary analysis from World Literature and American Literature
  • analyze the impact of author choices on literature of a variety of genres
  • identify and utilize rhetorical devices in argument
  • provide evidence as support for the claim of an author
  • implement the writing process to write a literary analysis essay, a persuasive essay, and an extended definition
  • follow MLA format guidelines
  • participate in meaningful class discussions and learning community activities
  • actively listen and communicate with classmates

Course Materials:

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  3. 1984 by George Orwell
  4. The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  6. The Write Source Grade 12 published by Houghton Mifflin Company
  7. The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 10th Edition
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. one spiral notebook for notes
  10.  3-ring binder for handouts and other class materials
  11. loose leaf paper
  12. blue or black ink pens only
  13. fully-charged device that meets the requirements for the St. Benedict Preparatory School BYOD program
  14. regular use of teacher provided internet resources, including but not limited to PowerSchool and Edmodo