AP* English Literature and Composition is designed to be a college or university level course, thus the "AP" designation on a transcript rather than "H" (Honors) or "CP" (College Prep). This course will provide you with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical undergraduate university English literature / humanities course. As a culmination of the course, you may take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given in the spring. A grade of 4 or 5 on this exam is considered equivalent to a 3.3 - 4.0 for comparable courses at the college or university level. A student who earns a grade of 3 or above on the exam will be granted college credit at most colleges and universities throughout the United States.
This College Board-approved course requires that students "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." In other words, students should understand that form follows function, that how authors write is inextricably linked to what they are writing about. The goal of AP English Literature and Composition is to encourage students to read, write, and discuss works critically and with energy and imagination. As students become familiar with the different literary approaches, they can develop and mold their own styles that reflect personal values and preferences.
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Mr. Youngs, National Board Certified Teacher, 2009 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist Fulbright Scholar, U of Ghana, MA in English Education from Steinhardt School, New York University/Oxford University Study Abroad Program, AB in Literature,Communication Arts Grove City College ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS
Texts tell us about ourselves and others (the human condition) across time and place?
Texts tell us about particular and universal aspects of culture that help us make meaning in our lives.
Studying the context of a text benefits our understanding of it.
Critical approaches affect explication, analysis, and interpretation of a text; texts can be interpreted in a variety of ways and different ways may yield varying interpretations but some interpretations are better supported by the text than others.
How does what we read influence how we read?
How do an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic, informational, or persuasive impact.
How can we respond to texts in critical and creative ways of writing, speaking, and representing?
SUMMARY LIST OF PERFORMANCE TASKS
Reading all assigned texts for understanding, appreciation, and criticism Critical and creative responses to literature: writing, speaking, representing (through composition,drama, visual art, media, and oral interpretation)
In-class timed essays on past AP prompts
Essays required of college-level writers including literary analysis papers and literary source research paper
Notes on everything: readings, viewings, discussions, presentations, grammar, word study
in concert with
Participation (ability to contribute to the course work in ways the benefit the class as well as yourself)
Progress (ability to meet or exceed individual, assigned goals)