Prerequisites: Freshman English and teacher’s approval

Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

Credit: 10 Credits

An AP English course in Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. The pieces chosen invite and reward rereading. Reading in an AP course is both wide and deep. This reading necessarily builds upon the reading done in previous English courses.