AP® ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
True communication -- one small human voice finding its way to another’s quiet, beating heart -- takes effort on the part of both the reader and the speaker/writer. Students enrolled in AP® English Literature and Composition have the opportunity to practice a graceful swan dive into what it means to listen as well as what it means to speak with their own authentic voices. They consider fiction, drama, poetry, and short stories from the 1600s to the present, intent on discovering how each work portrays some facet of the universal human condition. Further, they examine the way each writer chooses and then employs the artistic tools at his or her disposal -- including genre, structure, imagery, symbolism, and rhetorical devices -- in order to support a very individual worldview. In other words, we look closely at the interplay between content (the story a writer wants to tell or the moment he or she wants to capture) and form (the way the story or moment is offered to the reader). Students’ successes are largely dependent upon creating dynamic and meaningful connections with their teacher and classmates, making personal connections to the material, composing individual learning goals, gaining the confidence to be both curious and creative, and are willing to take intellectual risks. Students are expected to be engaged in the course materials and to be creators of class content. Students gain the necessary reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills for success on the AP® exam in May. Equally important, they have amassed incontrovertible proof that every choice we make -- whether we are artist or architects, engineers or chefs or dog walkers -- has an effect on someone else.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of high school English
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