Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 2019-2020This course description has been adapted from "AP Central" on the College BoardIntroduction
- This course will engage 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 structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
- Intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit such as those by the authors found on the College Board website. (link above)
- The readings in this class will invite and reward rereading.
- The readings will be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing in the company of one's fellow students.
- Reading in this course will be both wide and deep. This reading necessarily builds upon and complements the reading done in previous English courses so that by the time students complete the course, they will have read works from several genres and periods -- from the 16th century to the 21st century. More importantly, they will have gotten to know a few works well.
- Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work's complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.
- Students will reflect on the social and historical values a work reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation, whatever critical perspectives are brought to bear on the literary works studied.
- Students in this course will read actively. The works taught in this course require careful, deliberative reading.
- Students will be involved in learning how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw from those connections a series of inferences leading to an interpretive conclusion about the meaning and value of a piece of writing.
- Writing assignments for this course will focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.
- Writing assignments will increase students' ability to explain clearly, cogently, even elegantly, what they understand about literary works and why they interpret them as they do.
- Writing instruction includes attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. It includes study of the elements of style. And it attends to matters of precision and correctness as necessary.
- Emphasis is placed on stylistic maturity; characterized as follows:
- a wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness
- a variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate constructions
- a logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques of coherence such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis
- a balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail
- an effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving emphasis through parallelism and antithesis.
Required Course Materials
- Come to class fully prepared every day; no excuses.
- Effective time management. Yes, you are a teenager. Yes, you have a job. Yes, you have other classes and other work. Yes, you are involved in many activities inside and outside of CASA. Yes, you chose to enroll in an Advanced Placement course and as such, are required to meet higher expectations. Learn to manage your time effectively. (Yes, I am being snarky and no, I will not coddle you).
- You will miss a significant amount of work on days you are absent. You are required to email me and check in for what you missed any day you are absent so that you can be caught up on what you missed when you return to class.
- While a textbook will be provided to you by CASA, you are required to purchase the necessary novels for this course. Why? Your reading will require significant annotation; this means writing in, highlighting in, and interacting with your book. As you cannot annotate in texts provided by the school, you must purchase your own. The list of required novels is provided below.
- Class time will be utilized for class discussion, writing assignments, skill development, and some minor test prep. Most reading will occur outside the classroom. Therefore, you should expect 1 hour of homework per night; 3-4 nights a week.
- While you will take the AP Literature Exam in May 2020, this is not a test prep course. It is the equivalent of an introductory, college-level literature course and will be taught as such. You will get out of this course exactly what you choose to put into it.
Class HandoutsRequired NovelsSummer
- Required novels (see below)
- 2-inch binder with six dividers (Major Literary Works, AP Practice, Writing Skills, Terms & Vocabulary, Poetry, Short Stories)
- Post-It Notes
- Notebook Paper
- External USB Thumb Drive
- The Awakening: Kate Chopin
- How To Read Literature Like a Professor: Thomas C. Foster
- Novel of your choosing (approved by Mrs. Ryder ahead of time)
- The Turn of the Screw: Henry James
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1999
- ISBN: 978-1853260698
- Reading: September
- Approximately $3.99 NEW on Amazon
- Catch-22: Joseph Heller
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 50th anniversary edition, 2011
- ISBN: 978-1451626650
- Reading November - December
- Approximately $11.98 NEW on Amazon
- Song of Solomon: Toni Morrison
- Publisher: Vintage, reprinted 2004
- ISBN: 978-1400033423
- Reading in December and over Christmas Break and using in class in January
- Approximately $6.90 NEW on Amazon
- The Heart of Darkness: Joseph Conrad (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
- Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins, 3rd edition, 2010
- ISBN: 978-0312457532
- Reading February - March
- Approximately $19.30 NEW on Amazon
- King Lear: William Shakespeare (Norton Critical Edition)
- Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, 1st edition, 2007
- ISBN: 978-0393926644
- Reading April - May
- Approximately $16.82 NEW on Amazon