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AP English Literature & Composition


AP English Literature & Composition


Christina Mantanona

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Course Overview

    AP English Literature and Composition is designed to provide you with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical undergraduate university English literature/Humanities course.  The course will examine several essential questions: How does literature help us understand ourselves and others? How has writing become a communication tool across the ages? How does literature reflect the human condition? How does literature express universal themes?  This course includes an intensive study of representative works of both British and American writers, as well as works written in several genres from the sixteenth century to contemporary times.  

     As this is a literature and composition course, you will be expected to use every assignment that involves writing to practice your best composition skills.  Composition assignments will include: statements, paragraphs, time writes, and formal essays (personal, expository and argumentative). No matter the kind of writing assigned, your best composition skills should be practiced.  

Course Objectives

  • To carefully read and critically analyze imaginative literature.
  • To understand the way writers use language to provide meaning and pleasure.

  • To consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

  • To study representative works from various genres and periods (from the sixteenth to the twentieth century) but to know a few works extremely well.

  • To understand a work’s complexity, to absorb richness of meaning, and to analyze how meaning is embodied in literary form.

  • To consider the social and historical values a work reflects and embodies.

  • To write focusing on critical analysis of literature including expository, analytical, and argumentative essays as well as creative writing to sharpen understanding of writers’ accomplishments and deepen appreciation of literary artistry.

  • To become aware of, through speaking, listening, reading, and chiefly writing, the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone.