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AP Literature & Composition: Read, Write, + Analyze Imaginative Lit (Semester 2)

In this comprehensive, senior-level, 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.
Victoria Atkinson, M.A.
105 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 4 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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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.
I have my Master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and I was trained and approved by the College Board to teach the works listed in the course description. I have also taken classes in psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology as part of my undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education.
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 3 majors essays/projects in this course, so students will have homework assignments related to completing said essays/projects.
Students will need to purchase Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston by Week 4. All other texts will be provided by PDF.
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To help students see their progress and growth through the course, I will give point-based grades. However, they will not be counted unless parents want to add the grades received to homeschool report cards. Additionally, I will assign one major essay/project per unit.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Their Eyes Were Watching God has some curse words, the use of the "n" word (the book was written by a Black woman in the 1930s), mild violence, and mild sexuality.

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.
We will use two scholarly, peer-reviewed journals to supplement our reading of Their Eyes Were Watching God to help us understand race and gender issues present in the novel, as well as in the 1930s. These are titled, "Mrs. Turner Cut in the Web of Internalized Racism: A Black Feminist Reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "The Logic of Expenditure in Their Eyes Were Watching God".


Victoria Atkinson, M.A.
Lives in the United States
Passionate, Relationship-Focused English & Social Studies Teacher
105 total reviews
186 completed classes

About Me

I am pregnant with baby #3 and am due in January 2023! 

I tentatively plan to go on maternity leave from January 18th through February 17th. Afterward, I will return to live teaching on an adjusted schedule to accommodate... 
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