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Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement

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Year long course 1.0 credit
AP credit available
English credit
Grade 12

Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement

General Description

Prerequisite: English 11 - AP Language & Composition is helpful but not required.

As stated in the official College Board course description, an AP English Literature and Composition course "engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature."  In this class students will read a variety of short story, poetry, and novel selections and learn to effectively analyze literature. We will do this through a variety of close reading, discussion, and writing experiences.  Ultimately we will be doing specific test prep for the AP exam that occurs in May, and then rounding out the year with a variety of self directed learning experiences.


  • Read, discuss, analyze, and write about a variety of short stories and poetry selections
  • Read, discuss, analyze, and write about several longer works of fiction such as:
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien,
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,
    • Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and
    • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.
    • Titles are examples, not set choices.

Theory of Action

As an English department, we are committed to ensuring that our students have authentic and rigorous experiences with multiple forms of texts and writing opportunities which will help them be successful inside and outside of the classroom.  It is our ongoing mission to create engaging learning environments that are intentionally planned to motivate students to become insightful thinkers and effective communicators.