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Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
2012-13 Syllabus/Brandt

INTRODUCTION:
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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Reading –
* To improve the student’s reading ability for comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation * To improve the student’s vocabulary
* To furnish the student with ideas for discussion and writing * To improve the student’s thinking skills through critical reading and analysis * To introduce the student to the genres of fiction, drama, poetry * To make the student a better reader of his native language through the analysis of how that language is used in a variety of forms * To enable the student to read complex tests with understanding and appreciation

Writing –
* To review and refine for the student writing as a process that includes invention, drafting, revising, and editing * To provide the student the opportunity to master the art of writing about fiction, drama, and poetry * To emphasize writing about literature

* To improve the student’s thinking skills by writing critical essays about literature * To expect the student to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity in order to communicate effectively with mature readers * To introduce the student to a variety of writing techniques, including informal responses, imitation exercises, journal keeping, in-class responses, and longer, formal papers * To allow the student to refine his/her own style of writing * To review, as needed, problems in mechanics, usage, and grammar

The AP Examination –
* To prepare the student for the AP Examination by familiarizing them with the test’s format * To improve the student’s test-taking skills through timed drills of multiple choice and essay questions * To deal with effective test-taking strategies

* To instill confidence in the student which should ensure the student’s achieving AP credit or advanced standing

TEXTS:
Meyer, Michael. The Bedford Introduction to Literature. 7th Edition. Boston: Bedford Books. 2005. Supplementary: Handouts on writing and composition.
Supplementary: Selected novels and plays

ASSIGNMENTS:
FIRST QUARTER
(Aug. 27-Oct. 26)

I. Summer reading activities, discussion and assessments
a. The Handmaid’s Tale
b. The Poisonwood Bible
c. The Taming of the Shrew

II. The Writing Process
A. Handouts on writing a successful college essay
B. Writing about/from Literature

COLLEGE ESSAY – formal, personal
First draft due: _______________
Final, revised draft due: ______________

III. The Elements of Poetry
Introductory handouts and reading
A. “Reading poetry”
B. “Suggestions for Approaching Poetry”
C. “Writing about Poetry”
D. Focus – Word choice, word order, and tone;
denotation and connotation; ambiguity, persona
“Bored” – Atwood
“We Real Cool” – Brooks
“she being Brand” – Cummings
“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” – Herrick
“To His Coy Mistress” – Marvell
E. Focus – Imagery
“To Autumn” – Keats
“Meeting at Night”and “Parting at Morning” – R. Browning
“Dover Beach” – Arnold
“Dulce et Decorum Est” - Owen

IV. Major Literary Works
Reading: Willa Cather
My Ántonia
Topics for discussion: cultural context, style, structure

V. The Elements of Drama
Introductory readings and handouts...
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