• Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

    Course Syllabus

    Course Description

    The major purpose of Advanced Placement English is to prepare senior students for the rigorous reading, writing, and testing routines required in college level classes. The course will assist students by preparing them to take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given nationally each May.

    The course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements in the AP English Literature and Composition Course Description.

    The readings assigned will build upon the reading done in previous English courses with an emphasis on taking time to understand a work’s complexity and to analyze how meaning is embodied in literary form. Students will reflect upon the social and historical values within a text to provide a firm basis for interpretation. Students will study British and American literature from works written from the sixteenth century to contemporary times.

    Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Writing assignments will involve writing response and reaction papers, reflecting with free-writing, and keeping a reading journal. Students will write to explain and evaluate a literary work by using analysis, interpretation, and argument. As the year progresses, students will improve their writing by making careful observations of textual detail, establishing connections among their observations, and drawing inferences leading to an interpretive conclusion about a piece of writing’s meaning and value. Students will work to develop stylistic maturity by developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language.

    Students will practice AP exam like situations throughout the year, and they will exercise writing effectively under time restraints. They will be graded on their analyses of passages or poems in which they discuss how particular literary elements or features contribute to meaning, and students will develop answers for “open” questions in which they are asked to select a literary work and discuss its relevant features in relation to the question provided.


    Jago, Carol. Literature and Composition Reading, Writing, Thinking. Bedford St. Martin's , 2011.

    Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writers 7th edition. Bedford St. Martin's, 2012. 

     Abbott, Lynda, et al, editors. Adventures in English Literature, Athena Edition. Austin: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1996.

    Perrine, Laurence, and Thomas R. Arp. Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, Sixth Edition. New York: Harcourt Brace

    College Publishers, 1993.

    Most of the objective tests are taken from AP Literature and Composition examination preparatory booklets published by D & S Marketing Systems, Barron’s Educational Series, The Princeton Review/Random House, Cliffs AP/Wiley Publishing, and ARCO.

    Teacher-generated handouts and worksheets are distributed to students throughout the year as well as handouts and worksheets published by The Center of Learning. Students are expected to compile these handouts in a binder and refer to them during classroom discussions/collaborative learning activities.


    Students need a two inch three-ring binder with dividers for each unit. Students are required to bring wide-rule loose leaf paper and a blue or black ink pen to class daily along with the appropriate textbook.

    Grading System

    In-class writings will be graded according to the guidelines of the evaluation rubric.

    Objective tests will be assigned for each unit of study.

    Quizzes and daily assignments will be graded on total points.