Heros and Villains: AP Literature

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Heros and Villains: AP Literature

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AP Literature & Composition enables students to hone their ability to do college-level work. Students should expect challenging reading, which they will prepare in order to lead discussions; immersion in essay-writing and in oral exercises of essay development; poetry analysis; and grades which reflect motivation, tenacity, and performance.  Expect to read -- a lot.  Expect to write -- a lot.

Class includes significant portfolio writing of AP-type essays, which will be graded and reviewed for strengths and weaknesses, but will not be revised in the manner of previous NFS courses.  The course will also include an in-depth study of poetry & poetic techniques, with an emphasis on analyzing techniques authors use, and the ways in which such techniques alter the reader’s experience of each poem (text is Perrine’s Sound and Sense). 

Students will take a number of practice AP exams, including two full-length (three hour) practice exams as preparation for the real thing.

Readings for in-depth analysis include: epic poetry (Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight); plays (The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Ernest, Death of a Salesman); novels (Frankenstein, Grendel, The Heart of Darkness, Beloved, Slaughterhouse Five); and selected short stories & essays, including Joyce’s Dubliners & Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

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