AP Literature

King Lear

“Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.” ― William Shakespeare, King Lear

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for helping to provide the opportunity to see King Lear at the American Players Theatre. We had an amazing week in AP Literature. Our class spent two days with Mr. Lavold's Shakespeare class learning the outline and context of the play. On Wednesday, we had beautiful weather as we watched the modern interpretation of King Lear. On Friday, the actor who played the Duke of Albany, Cedric Mays, came and answered our questions about the production of King Lear, the life of an actor, and then taught us Comedy of Errors through the use of tableaus. Mr. Mays split the class into groups and had each group tell one scene of the play through still life pictures as each group member was frozen in motion, had frozen facial expressions, and frozen supporting props. Each group could create up to three pictures per scene. It was incredible to see how thoughtful, clever, and creative students were in their visual representation of the play.

September/October Calendar

Now that I have had the opportunity to start to get to know my students and classes better, I have created the October Calendar for AP Literature. Please refer to the Calendar Page on our classroom management site, linked above. Also, as we read each piece of literature, I will have a page filled with resources regarding that work for students on this site.


During the first weeks of school, I have started to set in place the background information needed to analyze literature at a college level. This class requires in-depth knowledge of literary devices and techniques and requires students to be able to not only identify devices and techniques within the works we read but also to be able to analyze the effect these devices and techniques have on the work as a whole. Therefore, with the basic background information in place, we are now ready to start our true literary adventure.


This week, we will begin reading Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, next week the play Antigone by Sophocles, and the rest of October we will be reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. In addition to reading, we will continue to study literary terms, vocabulary, and start the arduous task of preparing for essay writing on the AP Literature exam. The literary works that I have chosen for the class are based upon this list of cited works. Titles from Free Response Questions since 1971 . We will be reading literary works that are deemed universal in nature and represent the beauty and tragedy of the human experience.


As we read these literary works and analyze how each author uses appeals, literary devices, levels of diction, syntax, and imagery to bring the story they tell to life for the reader, please note that we are working with topics that range from betrayal, love, murder, envy, rape, suicide, war, social injustice, racial tension, family relationships, compassion and friendship. As a college level course, students will be at times writing reactions and engaged in class discussion. If at any point, you feel you would prefer to opt your son or daughter out of a particular text due to content, please feel free to contact me regarding an alternate text and assignment. All literary works that we are reading are taken from the list above and are approved by College Board.


I hope you have a wonderful week!