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AP Literature & Composition: Read, Write, + Analyze Imaginative Lit (Semester 1)

Victoria Atkinson, M.A.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(123)
In this comprehensive, 12th grade, college-freshman-composition-equivalent 16-week course, students will learn how to analyze literature, write analytical essays, and be prepared to take the USA-based AP Literature Exam in May.

Class experience

US Grade 12
Students will learn how to become stronger critical thinkers and analytical writers, while also being prepared to take the USA-based AP Literature and Composition exam in May.
Here is a note that I have in my College Board-approved syllabus for AP Lit:


In an ongoing effort to recognize the widening cultural horizons of literary works written in English, the AP English Literature Development Committee will include diverse authors in the representative reading lists. Issues that might, from a specific cultural viewpoint, be considered controversial, including references to real-world cultural issues, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, races, dialects, gender or class, adult situations, are often represented artistically in works of literature. The Development Committee is committed to careful review of such potentially controversial material. Still, recognizing the universal value of literary art that probes difficult and harsh life experiences and so deepens understanding, the committee emphasizes that fair representation of issues and peoples may occasionally include controversial material.

Since AP students have chosen a program that directly involves them in college-level work, the AP English Literature and Composition Exam depends on a level of maturity consistent with the age of 12th-grade students (and beyond) who have engaged in thoughtful analysis of difficult literary texts. The best response to a controversial detail or idea in a literary work might well be a question about the larger meaning, purpose, or overall effect of the detail or idea in context. AP students should have the maturity, the skill, and the will to seek the larger meaning through thoughtful consideration of many different viewpoints. Such thoughtfulness is both fair and owed to the art and to the author.

You are never asked to adopt a specific viewpoint as your own, but only to consider the author’s viewpoint from a literary and historical perspective, and to consider the larger cultural reasons the author may have included such material in his/her work. Each selection was carefully made because it has appeared or is likely to appear on the AP Literature and Composition examination. Controversial selections have been included not to shock or offend the reader, but because such works have traditionally been viewed as having substantial literary merit.
Homework Offered
Students will be expected to read each week and will typically have multiple choice practice at least once a week. Since this is an introductory, freshman-level course, students can expect upwards of 30-50 pages of reading a week, especially with the longer works, although this will not always be the case. Lastly, students will complete 4 majors essays/projects in this course, so students will have homework assignments related to completing said essays/projects.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
To help students see their progress and growth through the course, I will give point-based grades (see breakdown of grade above) Additionally, I will assign one major essay/project per unit.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students will need notebook paper and a black ink pen to complete timed writings.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Since all the texts read in this course are those read in an introductory, freshman-level college course, they will at times include dark and/or disturbing images. They all have an important effect on the overall themes of the works though.

We will be using Google Classroom as an easy way for me to post assignments and for students to submit assignments in return. Students will need an email account to join this classroom. Additionally, a code to join this classroom will be posted in the Outschool classroom for students to join beforehand.
See the outline in the course description for a list of the texts we will read in this class.

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(123)
I am currently teaching at a local community college full-time from January through April 2024. I will be teaching some classes here on Outschool when the semester is over, but I won't know my availability until I get my... 
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weekly or $575 for 32 classes
2x per week, 16 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 16-18
2-8 learners per class

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