Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition

This course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. AP English literature & Composition involves in depth analysis of literature and an extensive study and practice of writing. Students examine individual work’s language, characters, plot and themes. They also consider each work’s structure, meaning, value, and relationship to contemporary and historical experience, and they scrutinize representative works from several genres and concentrate on reading and writing about challenging works of recognized literary merit (AP English Literature & Composition Curriculum Guide). Students will engage in an abundance of written assignments and activities with special focus on the timed in-class essay in preparation for the AP exam. Summer reading is required in preparation for this course.

Prerequisites: 95% in American Literature (taken at CCA) or 90% in American Literature Honors (taken at CCA). Teacher recommendation required. All interested students will be interviewed. Taking the AP exam is a requirement and the $90 exam fee must be paid by the end of September in order to remain in the class.

NOTE: This course also requires students to take the CollegeBoard AP English Lit & Comp Exam given at CCA in May. The $90 exam fee must be paid before the end of September. If the fee is not paid the student will be placed in an Honors English course of their choosing.