Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
Grades 11, 12
The overall description of this intensive course is defined by the College Board. Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a college-level course that engages students in careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts that include short fiction, novels, drama, and poetry, 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. Students enhance their critical thinking and analytical writing skills by completing a variety of essays as well as a formal MLA documented literary criticism research paper that is a requirement for graduation.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of AP English Language and Composition and a commitment to the careful reading and critical analysis of literature.
Required summer reading: All students taking AP Literature must complete the summer reading assignment before the first day of school. The assignment can be found on the Collegiate Academy website.