According to The College Board, AP English Literature and Composition engages 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.
The description and expectations for this course will mirror the College Board’s description, but broaden to include the practice of those techniques about which we study during the course. This course, though an intensive study of literature, is also founded on a study of composition and how those elements of composition create the literature which we study. Students are expected to take risks and mature, critically and creatively, beyond where they are at the beginning of the course. This requires both an open mind and a ready voice for participation. Participation is compulsory – there is no such thing as a passive education. We will regularly confer and discuss progress in the course, including development of participation skills, growth of writing (both “formal” and “informal”), and evolution of thinking and logic skills.