AP English Literature & Composition

The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s style, structure, and themes as well as such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, and tone. Students must be recommended by their grade 11 English teacher for enrollment in this course.

Writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The AP Exam is given in May as the culminating assessment for the program. All students enrolled in the course are required to take this exam. Students who earn a grade of 3 or higher are eligible for college credit at most colleges and universities in the United States. Additional time may be required beyond the regular school day. Students will prepare, plan, and write a Senior Capstone Paper.

Additional Course Requirement: Students enrolled in AP Literature and Composition will complete online lessons and assignments both during academic and technical weeks. At times, they also attend some required meetings after school and monthly Saturday classes.

Prerequisites: Students must have earned a grade of B+ or better in Honors English 11 or a grade of C or better in AP English Language and Composition. In addition, a strong record of attendance and a teacher recommendation is required. Current 1st term grades and 2nd term progress reports also considered. Students must also complete all assignments over the summer.

Teacher: Mrs. Erin Silveira

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