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AP Literature and Composition

The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed with the goal of improving students’ abilities to discover, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate complex literary texts. Upon completion of this course a student should be proficient in discussing literature of varied themes, historical contexts, and genres whether it be in an on-demand, timed writing prompt, an in-depth, scrutinized, and revised essay, or in class discussion.

Students entering this course must have the initial expectation that they will read, consider, and write about literature extensively. We will write an essay every couple weeks (in analytical, argumentative, and expositional forms) and will read every day (novels, creative nonfiction, short stories, and poems). They must be ready to challenge and justify their understandings, attempt to see other viewpoints, and discuss in a mature, advanced, and lively manner.

As this course also has the goal of preparing all students to pass the AP English Literature and Composition exam, the course features practice for both free response and multiple choice portions of the test.


ABSENT or need materials

If you are ABSENT
, tend to lose work, or have a hard time keeping track of due dates, always check the assignments and the Quarter Folder to find materials for work done in class. If materials are not found in the online folder, you will need to see me immediately on the day that you return to class (do not interrupt the class instruction). Papers or handouts given can be found in the black bin in the back of the class (look for your class period).

    You are responsible for keeping up with the assignments on days that you are absent in a timely fashion. 

Helpful Links:
Literature Devices and Terms:


  • Literary Terms Packet http://www.gertzresslerhigh.org/ourpages/auto/2013/3/13/60886679/AP%20LITERARY%20TERMS.pdf