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.
Introduction to Poetry--Selected poets and forms of poetryShakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkThe British Romantic Movement: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Quarter Two:American Romanticism/Western Existentialism: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac Mc CarthySelected PoetryThe Age of Realism: James Joyce's Dubliners
Modernism: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Postmodernism: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
AP Exam review