AP English Literature and Composition – 12*

AP English Literature and Composition – 12*

AP English Literature and Composition – 12*

Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: A or B in English 11/AP English and Composition and Application Required
Two Semesters (FY)

The College Board, instead of publishing set curriculum, offers the following suggesting for key elements in an advanced Placement English course in Literature and composition: The course should include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading in an AP course should be both wide and deep. Students should read works from several genres and periods – from the sixteenth to the twentieth century- but, more importantly, they should get to know a few works well. They should read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context should provide a foundation; however, critical perspectives are also brought to bear on the literary works studied. Writing is also an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course. It should focus on the critical analysis of literature and should include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The goal of writing should be to increase students’ ability to explain clearly, cogently, even elegantly, what they understand about literary works and why they interpret them as they do. This is a college level class and materials will reflect that.

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