AP Literature and Composition (Honors)

  • Course Number(s): L453211, L543212
    Length: 2 Semester (4 Credits)
    Prerequisits: English 10 Pre-AP; teacher recommendation
    Grade: 11-12

    In this rigorous course, students perform close reading of selected texts, through which they deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students read works from several genres and periods from the 16th to the 20th century, representing a variety of cultures, but focusing primarily on British and American writers. In writing assignments, students learn to explain clearly, cogently, and even elegantly what they understand about literary works and why they interpret a text the way they do. Students focus on the critical analysis of literature and write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Students develop and organize ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive written language and are attentive to the elements of style. In their writing, students learn to use extensive vocabulary, demonstrate effective use of rhetoric and tone, and maintain a consistent voice. Note: Summer reading is required.