AP® English Literature and Composition

Advanced Placement®

AP English Literature and Composition immerses students in novels, plays, poems, and short stories from various periods. Students will read and write daily, using a variety of multimedia and interactive activities, interpretive writing assignments, and class discussions to assess and improve their skills and knowledge. The course places special emphasis on reading comprehension, structural and critical analysis of written works, literary vocabulary, and recognizing and understanding literary devices. The equivalent of an introductory college-level survey class, this course prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in creative writing, communications, journalism, literature, and composition.

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Course Materials

Semesters 1 and 2: Required

  • The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 5th ed. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter et al, eds. (W.W. Norton, 2005).
    ISBN-10: 0393979202 / ISBN-13: 9780393979206
    Acceptable alternate: 4th ed. (1996). ISBN-10: 0393968200
  • Short Fiction: An Anthology, 1st ed. (Bedford/St. Martins, 2009).
    ISBN-10: 0312576374
    NOTE: This custom anthology is available only from Apex Learning or MBS Direct.
    Acceptable alternates:
    The Story and Its Writer, 7th ed. Ann Charters, ed. (Bedford / St. Martins, 2007). ISBN-10: 0312442718
    The Story and Its Writer, 6th ed. Ann Charters, ed. (Bedford / St. Martins, 2002). ISBN-10: 0312397313
    The Story and Its Writer, 5th ed. Ann Charters, ed. (Bedford / St. Martins, 1998). ISBN-10: 0312171641

Semester 1: Required

  • Hedda Gabler. Henrik Ibsen (Dover, 1990).
    ISBN-10: 0486264696 / ISBN-13: 9780486264691
    Other editions acceptable
  • A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams (Signet, 1947).
    ISBN-10: 0451167783 / ISBN-13: 9780451167781
    Other editions acceptable
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston (Harper, 2006).
    ISBN-10: 0060838671 / ISBN-13: 9780060838676
    Other editions acceptable
  • Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine, eds. (Washington Square Press, 1993). ISBN-10: 0743482778 / ISBN-13: 9780743482776
    Other editions acceptable

Semester 2: Required

  • The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribner, 1995).
    ISBN-10: 0743273567 / ISBN-13: 9780743273565
    Other editions acceptable
  • Annie John. Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985).
    ISBN-10: 0374525102 / ISBN-13: 9780374525101
    Other editions acceptable
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. Michael Mason, ed. (Penguin, 2006).
    ISBN-10: 0141441143 / ISBN-13: 9780141441146
    Other editions acceptable
Prerequisites
At least a B-grade in most recent English course
Length
Two semesters