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Information about AP English Literature and Composition

Course Description

Honors Literature 12 is a full-year English course that involves the student in both the study and practice of writing and the study of literature. It emphasizes a concentration on three literary genres: poetry, drama and the novel. Students will read widely and reflect on their reading through extensive discussion and writing. Both the reading and writing should make them aware of the interaction between authorial purpose, audience needs, the subject itself, generic conventions and the resources of language: syntax, word choice, tone, etc.

Instructional Resources

  • 5 Steps to a 5--AP Literature and Composition
  • The Oedipus Cycle
  • Macbeth
  • King Lear
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Road
  • Various short stories and poems

Note: Book list is subject to change.

Classroom Expectations

Participation: students will be expected to share their insights, contribute their ideas through discussions and small group work, listen attentively, take notes, come to class and do their homework.

Plagiarism: Cheating of any kind--whether in homework assignments, essays, tests, quizzes or presentations--will be seen as a serious breach of trust. Students will receive an automatic zero on plagiarized work.

Lateness: Students should get to class on time.