12 AP English Literature and Composition
Happy Monday, Seniors! Please check Teams for important information re: our class. I am transitioning to that platform almost completely this week, okay? Keep working on Hamlet, join the video chat tomorrow (again, see Teams), and email me with questions. More than anything else, be safe & have a great day.
College Board is running a series of virtual lessons on topics relevant to AP courses. Watch English Lit & Comp lessons here.
For a full schedule of these lessons, click here.
College Board has posted the revised schedule and procedure for AP exams this spring. Students will have
the opportunity to take a 45-minute essay exam from any device. I feel very good about this plan, as I know
College Board worked hard to find a fair solution and sought teacher input along the way. I will continue to
provide learning experiences and links to resources that will help you develop your learning. For now, you
can read the official statement from College Board here. Please email me with any questions as well!
Your Assignment during COVID-19 Closure
How do they score AP exams?
What do the scoring rubrics look like? Previous Exam Essays to Consider Some Book Ideas during Coronavirus Closure
AP Terms to Review Tips for Writing Paragraphs . . . and more tips . . . and still more!!! And, yes, even more!!!
Want to improve as a writer? Read this little guide! Another awesome resource: On Writing.
Here's M.H. Abrams's classic Glossary of Literary Terms.
, Most colleges and universities require an introductory course in literature. AP English literature and composition prepares students for such work. Additionally, a score of 3 or higher on the AP English test frequently allows students to gain credit for introductory literature or comparable classes.
Accordingly, this class takes the form, as much as possible, of a college course with similar reading selections, writing assignments, and overall format. Discussions, assessments, and activities provide students with ample opportunities to wrestle with the big ideas of the subject in order to become more mature thinkers ready to succeed in college and beyond.
Terms and concepts at the heart of college literature courses are central to the work in AP English, including, among others, the following:
--Structure, style, and themes
--Social and historical values reflected and embodied in texts
--Figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone
We will work with these terms (and others related to them) in increasingly informed ways in order to build your knowledge, skills, and, ultimately, your understanding.
Reading List (subject to change as needed)
Fall: Allegory of the Cave, Trifles, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (see critical sources here!), short fiction, poetry, college essays, AP test prep, Oedipus Rex.
Spring: Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, The Apology, poetry, essays, film, AP test prep
If you have not done so already, you might want to set up a free account on AP Central to learn more about the course, its expectations, and to access many helpful resources that will prepare you for the test in May.
Finally, out of fairness for all students, please know that I expect you to meet deadlines in this class in order to have a chance at full credit. If for some reason you are going to miss class, please let me know well in advance so that we can arrange for assignments, due dates, etc. Senior year is busy, but if we communicate we will be able to keep you on track with your work.
Here is a list of books that have appeared on the Open Question (i.e. the third essay) since the early 1970s.
Nearly all of the texts we study can be accessed online. Here's an additional source in which you may find some of the texts we may use in class.
Excellent read here--an interview with Ralph Ellison in The Paris Review!
A pdf version of IM !!!
Independent Reading Ideas:
Heart of Darkness
House on Mango Street
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead