Humanities

Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is designed to be a college-level course. This course will provide students with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical undergraduate university English literature course.  Students will explore representative works from the Western literary canon including (but not limited to): The Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, Heart of Darkness, Wide Sargasso Sea and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Students will explore a variety of genres, and they will analyze the works in a comparative fashion, exploring how authors choose to converse with the world and why.  Students will apply background knowledge about the authors and their eras to the texts to better understand the authors' original conversational intent, and students will compare this intent with the conversation readers have with the text today. Composition assignments for this course will include informal journal responses exploring a student’s close reading of a passage or a poem as well formal essays-- personal, expository and persuasive. As a culmination of the course, students are required to take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given in May.  A grade of 4 or 5 on this exam is considered equivalent to a 3.3-4.0 for comparable courses at the college or university level.  A student who earns a grade of 3 or above on the exam will be granted college credit at many colleges and universities.