Dear Students: I'm glad you have decided to take on the challenge of the College Board's AP Program! Advanced Placement Literature is a literary analysis/writing class that helps students to read and write at the college level. We read many genres of literature in a deliberate, investigative manner. Each six weeks you and 2-3 of your friends in the class will get to choose a novel or play "of literary merit" to read and study together; students find these "book club" groups make the class and novel reading more fun. Colleges and scholarship applications want to see the presitigious "AP" designation on your high school transcripts; so taking AP English Literature and other AP classes at McNary HS helps you with college admissions and college scholarships. By the first week of May each school year, students in AP Literature class will be trained and prepared to take the Advanced Placement Literature & Composition exam. Students who score a "3," "4," or "5" on the AP exam earn high-status college credit, credit recogized by the top Ivy League, private, and public colleges and universities. AP exam credits are more widely accepted at prestigious, private colleges than are community college credits. If you earn a "3" or higher on 3 or more AP exams, you will earn the title of "AP Scholar" on your high school transcripts.
5 Poems: Analyze using ART WARS (Type Analysis) (Homework)
DUE DATE: February 23, 2014
Day One: Working with a partner in class, choose any poem of 15 lines or more from the Sound and Sense or Diyanni book. Perform "ART WARS" on the poem, specifically and accurately detailing: 1. About/Theme, 2. Repeated Ideas, 3. Tone, 4. Word Choice/Interesting words, 5. Alliteration or other significant literary elements (explain the use/meaning behind the element) , 6. Rhyme and Rhythm and how they effect meaning, and the 7. Structure of the poem. How does the structure affect the meaning?
Homework due Friday, Feb. 17: choose four more challenging poems from the Diyanni text book; analyze the same elements listed above (ART WARS). Typing up your ART WAR analysis for each poem would be excellent. You should have 5 poems analyzed (ART WARS) for this assignment (the poem you analyazed in class with a partner, plus four more you did for homework.
AP Essay Practice (Homework)
DUE DATE: October 17
In class, we will have 40 minutes to write a literary analysis essay for the short story "Birthday Party," which appeared on the 2005 AP Lit. test. We will discuss scored, sample essays. Write a second draft of your "Birthday Party" essay as homework. You will score both of your essays using the 1-9 AP scoring.
"A Rose for Emily" Analysis (Homework)
DUE DATE: April 4, 2014
Read "A Rose For Emily," pp. 56-62 in the Diyanni book. Write 11/2-2 pages analyzing Faulkner's writing style in this story: discuss stylistic elements such as word choice (diction), imagery, syntax (sentence structure), tone, point of view, figurative language, symbolism, organization, etc. Use direct quotes in your analysis.
In-class AP Essay
May 2 - May 1, 2014
In class, you will have 40 minutes to write an AP prompt literary analysis essay for the poem "Blackberry Picking," by Seamus Heaney. We will discuss the poem and read several scored essays. You will score your own essay based on the sample essay.