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Period 6: AP English Literature

Location: 125

Instructor: Natalie Astigarraga
Room: 125
Office Hours: 6:50 am – 7:15 am and 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm
Remind: Enter Number 81010 and Text @4d36cdb
Google Classroom: o56ufa

Course Description: Advanced Placement courses are structured to provide an in-depth look at course material. In AP English Literature and Composition we will examine various literary genres, styles, and techniques from the 16th to the 21st century. The exercises involved with each reading encourage you to engage, synthesize, and evaluate the material. Our goal is to expand your critical thinking, content knowledge, and confidence so as the May 6th test day nears, you feel fully prepared to take the AP exam and succeed.

The AP Exam: Yearly, the AP English Literature and Composition Development Committee, made up of high school and college English teachers, prepares a three-hour exam that gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the skills and abilities previously described. The AP English Literature and Composition Exam employs multiple-choice questions that test the student’s critical reading of selected passages. But the exam also requires writing as a direct measure of the student’s ability to read and interpret literature and to use other forms of discourse effectively. Although the skills tested in the exam remain essentially the same from year to year, each year’s exam is composed of new questions. College and AP English teachers using standardized procedures score the free-response questions. Ordinarily, the exam consists of 60 minutes for multiple-choice questions followed by 120 minutes for free-response questions. Performance on the free-response section of the exam counts for 55 percent of the total score; performance on the multiple-choice section, 45 percent.
(from the College Board: “English Literature and Composition Course Description”)

Required Texts: The course includes an intensive study of representative works such as those by authors cited in the AP English Course Description. By the time the student completes English Literature and Composition, he or she will have studied during high school literature from both British and American writers, as well as works written in several genres from the sixteenth century to contemporary times.
Preliminary list of novels, dramas, and anthologized material:
o Life of Pi by Yann Martel
o The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
o Oedipus the King by Sophocles
o Hamlet by William Shakespeare
o Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
o Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
o How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
o The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 10th, Ed. Michael Meyer

Performance Tasks:
• Timed essays based on past AP prompts
• Essay questions as required of college-level writers
• Reading/ responding to/ analyzing novels, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
• Imaginative writing including but not limited to: poetry and imitative structures
• Literary analysis papers – expository and persuasive
• Personal essays
• Graphic organizers, annotation methods, paragraph responses and questions

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