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.
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