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LAL613: AP Eng Li+ (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English Language Arts
COURSE TITLE: AP English Literature and Composition+
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content: This is a college level class that ultimately prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in May. In addition, it provides students with other skills associated with the most advanced classes in high school English, including research skills. When they have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to our world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and novels.

Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication. Learning activities include close reading, paraphrasing, discussions, essays, short answer exams, research papers, reflective journals, web quests, oral presentations, and others. The unit structure below identifies the main headings of the units only. Most units will include a combination of genres and activities. The structure to the class is not based upon a sequence of chronology, national origin, or genres. It is instead based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.

DoDEA English Languange Arts Standards

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of AP English Literature and Composition, students should be able to:

  • Learn a personal and collective process for making meaning of a literary work, connect this meaning to other pieces of literature, and recognize the commonality of the human experience as expressed through literature.
  • Apply the language and vocabulary of the discipline to explain their understanding and interpretation of a literary work.
  • Recognize the environmental and historical values manifested in a piece of literature.
  • Identify and explain the use of literary devices and elements in a piece of literature.
  • Actively participate in group discussions and critique writings about literature.
  • Apply the writing process to interpret, experience, and evaluate literary works leading to the development of “stylistic maturity.”

Course Outline (1st Semester)

The first semester uses classic literature and the modern novel as its two areas of literary emphasis. Major literary works used within units are identified in this schedule. The learning units will also include poetry and short stories for analysis throughout the year. The primary focus for the entire semester is learning the important reading, research, and thinking skills necessary to read complex literature. This includes rhetorical devices and literary terms used as tools for understanding.

  • Unit One: Introduction to the course - One week.
  • Unit Two: Observing, Thinking and Learning: an introduction to the analysis of literature - one week.
  • Unit Three: Oedipus the King; Persuasive essay - two weeks.
  • Unit Four: The Odyssey: Literature as Ethnology - two weeks.
  • Unit Five: Reading Skills and Literary Terms: Tools for Understanding - two weeks. Midterm: Included in two week period for the Reading Skills unit.
  • Unit Six: First Novel: Introduction to Literary Research - two weeks.
  • Unit Seven: Poetry Analysis - two weeks.
  • Unit Eight: Second Novel - Research Paper - four weeks Unit Nine: Exam Review - one week

Course Outline (2nd Semester)

Major literary works used within units are identified in this schedule. The learning units will also include other genres for analysis throughout the year. The primary focus of the second semester is literature of the British Isles, but the final project will be inclusive of all.

  • Unit One: Exam Review and Introduction to the Second Semester - one week.
  • Unit Two: Medieval Literature - two weeks.
  • Unit Three: Poetry Analysis: Romanticism - three weeks.
  • Unit Four Hamlet - four weeks.
  • Unit Five: Realism and the 20th Century: The Changing Focus of Literature - four weeks.
    • Works studied will include
      • Arms and the Man (Shaw)
      • Caesar and Cleopatra (Shaw)
      • The Importance of Being Ernest (Wilde)
      • Cyrano de Bergerac (Rostand)
  • Unit Six: Exam Review - One week (the exact timing of this unit depends upon the class start and end dates.
  • Unit Seven: Independent Thematic Study: the Individual in Society - three weeks. Students will select and explore a variety of works in all genres as they develop a theme. (See reading list.)

Essential Software:

Textbook and Additional Readings

  • Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 6th Ed.
  • ISBN Number (Student Edition) 9780073252117
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill

Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)