Advanced Placement: English: Literature and Composition





Brief Description of Course

AP Literature and Composition is a college course taught in a high school
setting in which we will read and analyze writing of literary merit from a
variety of genres and time periods. We will write frequently about the
author's use of language to provide meaning and pleasure. Our analyses will
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. Other types of writing will include creative, individual response,
and persuasive pieces.



Unit Information

Unit Name or Timeframe:
Semester 1:Unit 1: Genres

Content and/or Skills Taught:
In this unit students will learn the characteristics of various types of
literature and begin to explore how the structure of each helps create
meaning. Students will begin to construct an understanding of how authors
craft a work of literary merit and how an author's voice makes a work
unique. Students will practice using the techniques we observe to craft our
own writing as we respond to and analyze these works. We will begin an on-
going study of contextually based vocabulary.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
*Annotated Glossary Cards - complete a set of 30 (to be completed over the
course of the semester) in which students will define, provide an example
of, and analyze the use of specific literary terms.
*Read and analyze both structure and meaning of the following: Novel (Heart
of Darkness), Non-fiction ("On Compassion"), Short Story ("A Jury of Her
Peers"), Drama (Trifles), and Poetry (selections from Paradise Lost and
"Ode on a Grecian Urn").
*Learn to evaluate on demand writing using a scoring guide and anchor
papers.

Unit Name or Timeframe:
Semester 1: Unit 2: Personal Essay for College Admission/Scholarship
Application

Content and/or Skills Taught:
Students will compare and contrast expository writing with the fiction we
have read to identify qualities to use in our own writing. We will practice
techniques such as anecdote, dialogue, imagery, and use of varied sentence
structure and word choice to create a personal essay. Students will learn
and use revision techniques that include both teacher and peer feedback to
hone a final draft to use for college and scholarship applications.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
*Students will complete at least one personal essay for college admission.

Unit Name or Timeframe:
Semester 1: Unit 3: Tragedy

Content and/or Skills Taught:
Students will learn Aristotle's criteria for the classification of tragedy.
Students will continue to explore how structure helps create meaning, in
this case how tragedy follows a particular pattern. We will begin to
identify how cultural paradigm influences our definitions but also how
universal themes can transcend time and place. We will continue our on-
going study of contextually based vocabulary.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
*Read and analyze Oedipus Tyrannus, Medea, and Death of a Salesman.
*Students will write a formal, literary analysis paper for each of the
above works in a timed format.
*Students will choose one of the above papers to take through the entire
writing process to produce a polished final draft.

Unit Name or Timeframe:
Semester 1: Unit 4: Short Fiction

Content and/or Skills Taught:
Students will continue to hone their skills in literary analysis by
focusing on several pieces of short fiction and different aspects of the
form. Students will continue to practice strategies for successful writing
in a timed format. Students will identify learning strategies that help
them succeed individually, such as specific types of graphic organizers,
partnering, written or verbal reminders, review strategies, etc.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
*Read and analyze various pieces of short fiction by primarily American
authors (such as: Alice Walker, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, James
Thurber, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville) with emphasis on
characterization, point of view, theme, and tone.
*Complete one analysis paper that focusses on one of the above aspects in a
timed format.
*Complete one comparision/contrast (of two pieces of short fiction) paper
taken through the entire writing process to produce a polished final draft.

Unit Name or Timeframe:
Semester 1: Unit 5: Universal Themes: Man and the Universe

Content and/or Skills Taught:
Students will practice analysis skills by reading two major works, several
poems, and short selections to identify larger ideas. Students will
identify and emulate elements of the writer's craft, focusing particularly
on diction and syntax and their contribution toward the creation of tone
and mood. We will also place the works into the social and historical
context of their times as well as determining their applicability to the
modern world. We will continue our on-going study of contextually based
vocabulary.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
*Read and analyze Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Shakespeare's Othello OR
A Midsummer Night's Dream
*May complete a Word Analysis