AP English Literature and Composition Semester – 1

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AP English Literature and Composition Semester – 1

AP English Literature and Composition Semester 1

Participate in an AP upscale dining experience in the AP Literature and Composition course. Students act as food critics of exquisite literary cuisine. Menu items include reading, analyzing, writing, rewriting, and discussing creations by the master chefs, renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors’ narrative techniques, this dining experience equips students with recipes for success in college, in a career and the AP exam.

In Semester 1, students study allusions, identify authors and poetic terms, analyze poetry, analyze short story, study characteristics of romanticism and concepts of Bibliotherapy. Students also study composition, novel analysis and peer editing.



Required Materials:

For this course you will need to supply the following materials. You can purchase the books or borrow them from your local library; you can purchase the optional videos or rent them from a video on-demand service.

Module 1……………………………………..Beverages

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Excerpts from Faust by J.W. Von Goethe (translated by Anna Swanwick)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood
  • “The Myth of Prometheus”
  • “The Boarded Window” by Ambrose Bierce
  • “The Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Student choice of one of these novels for the research project:
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Student novel choice from Module 2
  • Module 1 novel

Module 2……………………………………..Appetizers

Student choice of novel from the list featured in Module 2

  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
  • “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman
  • “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates

Students will need to select one of the following novels to read for Module 2. The novels can be purchased or obtained from your local or school library:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Color Purple By Alice Walker
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Module 3……………………………………..Soups

  • Heart of Darkness by James Conrad
  • “Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson
  • “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
  • “Sailing to Byzantium” by William Butler Yeats
  • “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes
  • “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke
  • “The Hollow Men” by T. S. Eliot
  • “The Knight” from the “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
  • “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

Module 4……………………………………..Salads

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
  • “The Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne
  • “My Mistress’ Eyes” by William Shakespeare
  • “Shall I Compare Thee” by William Shakespeare
  • “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte
  • “A Haunted House” by Virginia Wolfe
  • “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry


Segment 1

  • Composition—analysis essay—comparison/ contrast or symbolism
  • Identification/ explanation of literary terms
  • Research—mythological and Biblical allusions
  • Identification of authors
  • Plagiarism
  • AP Exam expectations
  • Identification of poetic terms
  • Composition—AP – essay (diagnostic)
  • Heroism
  • Poetry Analysis—characterization
  • Comparison/ contrast—poetry and novel—imagery, alliteration
  • Poetry Analysis—theme, tone, mood, allusion, metaphor, allegory
  • Short Story Analysis—irony
  • Epic Poetry
  • Composition—resumes, analysis, comparison/ contrast, AP – essay, style emulation
  • Poetry Analysis—imagery, symbolism
  • Research Process
  • Short Story Analysis—diction, imagery, tone, mood, suspense
  • Short Story Analysis—plot, theme, setting, characterization, point of view
  • Characteristics of Romanticism
  • Concept of Bibliotherapy
  • Listening skills
  • Composition—college essay, analysis, letter to editor, AP – essay
  • Poetry Analysis—lyric poetry, odes, elegies, sonnets, iambic pentameter
  • Metaphysical poetry
  • Poetry Analysis—paradox, repetition, imagery, allusion
  • Short Story Analysis—comparison/ contrast, characterization, setting, theme, tone, mood, plot, point of view
  • Characteristics of Romanticism
  • Composition—AP – essay, literary analysis, creative writing, poetry rebuttal, persuasive letter writing, art connection
  • Novel analysis—theme, motif, setting, structure, social and psychological issues
  • Peer Editing


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