• Course Syllabus::  AP English Literature            
    Essential Question:  Why Study Literature?

    Big Idea:
    Through the study of fictional literature and poetry, we become more effective communicators and develop our consciousness. Literature helps us face some of life's greatest challenges: Who am I?  What do I stand for?  What do I want to become?  How am I to interact with others?  What can I contribute to the world?  Our study of composition hones our writing skills and clarifies our thinking.
    Literary Focus: The Hero in Literature

    An AP English Literature course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of fictional literature and poetry.  As they read, students will analyze a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as the figurative language, imagery, symbols, and tone that support those themes.  Additionally, we will identify and study literary archetypes, with special focus on the Hero in Literature: The Tragic, Romantic, Shakespearean, Modern, and Postmodern Heroes, as well as hybrids and novels in which the Hero is unwilling or absent altogether. Literary Movements and some basic principles of philosophy will be explored as they are relevant to the texts.

    The approach to reading is Formalist, and depth of study is emphasized over scope.

    The Research Paper (Post-AP exam) will center on Literary Theory.

    Poetry of various movements will be studied each quarter and selections will have thematic relevance to texts.

    Quarter One

    Introduction to Poetry--Selected poets and forms of poetry
    Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
    The British Romantic Movement:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Quarter Two:
    American Romanticism/Western Existentialism:  All the Pretty Horses by Cormac Mc Carthy
    Selected Poetry
    The Age of Realism:  James Joyce's Dubliners

    Quarter Three:

    Modernism:  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Postmodernism: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
    Selected Poetry

    Quarter Four:
    Research Paper
    Selected Poetry
    AP Exam review