AP Literature and Composition

Course Description: AP Literature and Composition is a demanding course that requires students to engage in the critical and close reading of literature. Students will not be focusing on what the author is saying; rather, analyzing how the author uses language to produce meaning. Over the course of the school year, students will explore a diversity of genres and literary time periods from the sixteenth century renaissance through the post-modern time period of today.Though reading is the crux of the curriculum, students will also be responsible for several writing assignments including analytical, expository, and literary criticism essays, as well as the AP free response questions including the style analysis essay, poetry essay, and novel response. The structure of the class is completely student-centered and based on the assigned readings and core texts. All AP Literature students are also required to complete the senior project.

Some of the texts students may read include (but are not limited to):
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

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