Welcome to AP Lit!
The purpose of this class is ostensibly to help you pass the AP Exam in May; however, on a much more fundamental level, it is designed to hone your analytic skills and give you the experience of a college level English Literature and Composition class.
It is my goal to make your first two years in college easier by giving you a foundation in college level reading and writing. I will teach you how to decipher a prompt to understand what the task is before you. I will also show you techniques to help you disassemble literature into its rhetorical components to find the purpose of the author. Therefore, the focus becomes not merely summarizing texts, but striving to cultivate your insight and creativity to see what the texts say about being human.
We will read some great literature. Some of it will be famous; some of it will be infamous. All of it will challenge you and how you view the world.
Timed Writes 25%
Students are expected to behave like young adults and be responsible. Additionally, these are specific rules which apply to the class.
The course is divided into three units.
Unit 1, Poetry:
This initial unit teaches the methodology of close analysis of text. Students learn various poetic forms as well as rhetorical devices and tropes.
Philosophical Approach, Shift, Speaker, Schemes of Construction, Poetic forms (Ode, Ballad, Elegy, etc.), Purpose, Tone, Anaphora, Epistrophe, Antithesis, Chiasmus (Antimetoble), Ambiguity, Complexity, Mood, etc., and film techniques.
Three timed writes, one blog, Poetry Film, Personal Statement, Original Poetry
Unit 2, Drama:
This unit advances the Philosophical Approach but turns its attention to the stage. Students read, act, and engage in different forms of drama from classical tragedies, to comedies, to modern dramas.
Fourth wall, aside, soliloquy, monologue, types of tragic heroes, hamartia, catharsis, hubris, miasma, comedic ladder, pun, and wit.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Drama Film, two timed writes, Term Paper, Blog
Unit 3, Fiction:
The last unit deals with both short and long fiction. The students will continue to develop a Philosophical Approach to analyzing literature. Some of the fiction read wanders into the sub-genres of horror and dystopian fiction.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find"
"A Clean Well-Lighted Place"
"Where are you going? Where have you been?"
Two timed-writes, blog, Term Paper, Student designed film