Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition


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AP English Literature and Composition is a two-semester, college-level course designed to foster deeper growth in the careful reading and critical analysis of works of literary merit. The course involves extensive study of how to form meaning and produce college-level writing about these texts. Each student is expected to take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam that is administered in May. Successful achievement on the AP Exam allows the student the potential to earn college credit.

AP English Literature and Composition includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literature of the Western world. Through close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students will consider a work’s structure, style, themes, and literary elements and how they contribute to the work’s significance. Summer reading prior to the course will be required.