Literature and Composition
Prerequisites for Seniors:
Last 3 years of English with an A average
9th, 10th, or 11th Grade English teacher
Application and interview
Advanced Placement Language and Composition highly recommended (beginning in 2003-04)
NOTE: This coursecannotbe substituted for Literature/Composition III, but it
MAY substitute for Literature/Composition IV.
This college-level course provides an intensive study of representative works found in British and World literature. The conventions of different genres, literary movements, and historical periods will be discussed.
Tools of critical analysis will be developed in order to effectively examine the breadth and depth of literary pieces and make connections through intellectual thought and creativity.
Students will reflect on their readings through extensive discussions. Further, students will produce written responses while employing structures appropriate to various aims and modes.
Writing assignments will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.
The course demands active reading involving the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature.
Special Note on Both Courses:
These are college-level courses; as such, you must commit independent time and effort to reading, thinking, and completing assignments. Lack of preparation for class will significantly affect your performance and your grade and may result in reassignment from the AP course.
Selection and Application process:
Prior to acceptance into the program, prospective candidates must complete the application process, including all of the following: Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior English teacher recommendation and/or an A average throughout those years of English.
2. One-page typed essay about why you want to take this AP course.
3. Brief, informal interview with AP English Teacher
4. Commitment to and successful completion of summer assignments, including at least 3 class meetings over the summer to discuss and review your progress.
Fee required: approximately $78.00 for the AP test at the end of the course
Other costs: Students purchase a copy of the AP Test Review book in order to review and practice for the test. Cost is usually under $10.