ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND
Available to Grade 12
Concentrating on British and other world literature, students in this course learn how to think critically, view perceptually, read analytically, and write and speak clearly. They develop the ability to evaluate texts by analyzing background, structure, technique, and theme. The class will serve as an introduction to some current college-level language arts theory. As well as honing their skills in the writing process, students will practice on-demand writing to assist them in test-taking. Close-reading practices will also focus many of the class activities; students will learn how rhetorical devices such as diction, syntax, point of view, imagery, and organization combine to create tone in a text. Students will incorporate these elements in their own writing, using them consciously in a variety of modes, including personal essays which may be used in college applications. Participants will also complete a scholarly senior thesis independently and are expected to take the AP Literature and Composition examination. Students must type or word process all final drafts. This course requires a summer project.
Prerequisite: Because of the rigorous nature of the honors-level requirements, students must have been enrolled in AP Language and Composition or Honors American Experience with an honors petition through the English department. Students may petition the English Department heads for approval to enroll in this honors level course. Approval will be limited to candidates with high reading comprehension, strong analytical skills, and above average writing skills limited to candidates with high reading comprehension, strong analytical skills, and above average writing skills.