AP Literature and Composition: World Literature is an academically rigorous course and will cover a survey of Western and world literature from ancient to modern times. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and reading and writing of an analytical nature such as required by the AP Literature and Composition test which may be taken senior year. The Course follows the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. Students will engage in a variety of writing styles for the purposes of understanding, explaining, and writing about literature. In order to improve their writing about literature, students will be given instruction in using vocabulary effectively and appropriately; using a variety of sentence structures, including subordination and coordination; planning logical organization and coherence; including a balance of generalization and specific details; and effectively using rhetoric, including controlling, tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through diction and sentence structure. On formal writing assignments, students always have the option of revising the composition for a better grade after receiving feedback from the instructor; in some instances revision will be mandatory.
Students who take the Advanced Placement test in May will be required to pay the test fee. A summer reading/writing project is required.
Prerequisites: All students will have passed American Literature or Honors American Literature ; most students will have also received credit for British Literature or Honors British Literature; some students will have received credit for Contemporary Literature, Multicultural Literature, Film and Literature, or Humanities rather than British Literature.
II. Course Content
Contemporary American Literature (Summer Project)
Heller – Catch-22 (summer reading/writing project is a reading journal)
Timed AP Writing on Catch-22 using choice of 4 past prompts (Students
are given instruction and feedback on logical organization and developing a balance of generalization and detail)
Formal literary essay on Catch-22 After reading excerpts from Story and Structure, students write a critical analysis of Catch-22, focusing on character, setting theme, structure, or tone.; feedback on sentence structure, diction, organization, illustrative detail, and tone is given in individual writing conferences and students are required to revise the essay.
Written interpretation of passage from the text of Catch-22 . Instruction
Is focused on vocabulary, tone, voice, and diction.
Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
Vocabulary study: Instruction and practice in developing a wide-ranging
vocabulary through analysis of combinations of Greek and Latin root words. Throughout the course, the teacher will provide instruction and feedback to help the students to develop a wide-ranging vocabulary and employ it effectively in their writing
Hesiod – genealogy of the deities and creation of man from Theogony
(from Classical Mythology)
Homer – excerpts from the Iliad and the Odyssey
Writing assignment: explanation of methods of persuasion used on
Achilles to get him to return Hector’s body to Priam Instruction and feedback
in the form of group discussion is focused on logical organization, coherence,
Sophocles – Oedipus the King and Antigone
Observation of textual details: interpretation of Helen poems from
Socrates – summary of philosophy from Before and After Socrates
Plato – “Levels of Reality and the Allegory of the Cave” from The
Republic and “The Death of Socrates” from the Phaedra
Aristotle - “Natural Slaves and Natural Masters” and selection from
Virgil – Books I and II of the Aeneid
Research paper – Any topic related to world literature or the humanities. Must
use MLA documentation. Instruction is given in documentation. Students are
instructed on parallel structure in a pre-writing outline to develop logical organization
and coherence. Students are given instruction and feedback on effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, establishing an maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through diction and sentence structure. The students have the option of revising the research paper after individual conferences.
Review of major literary periods of British and Western Literature
Shakespeare – Hamlet
Reading response for Hamlet is a creative project which may involve
expected to do their own work without the help of other students or print or
electronic sources. Plagiarized work will receive no credit, and the student
will be referred to the Academic Integrity Committee.
Students are expected to come prepared to class with textbooks, notebooks, and writing
utensils every day.
VII. Personal Statement
It is assumed that students voluntarily signed up for AP Literature and Composition and are, therefore, self- motivated, enthusiastic, and disciplined. The teacher has had AP training and experience and is prepared to help all students succeed and grow as lovers of literature and citizens of the world.
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