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AP Language and Composition

In accordance with the College Board’s AP description, this year long course enables “students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.” This course explores the complexities of writing in America with the goal of making students critical thinkers and readers of 'culture' in the broadest sense. Although the course includes a study of both the poetry and prose fiction of traditional English Literature courses, the course emphasizes readings in oratory, visual argument (including advertising), and non-fiction prose literature. As a composition course, this offering will require frequent expository, analytical, argumentative, and personal writing through which students will learn to express themselves convincingly in a variety of contexts. Students are required to register for and take the AP Exam in May.

AP Literature and Composition

In choosing Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, you elect to challenge yourself with substantial reading and writing, of the kind that will boost your facility with language and critical thinking.  As the College Board Course Description states, AP English Literature and Composition “is designed to help you engage in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, you can deepen your understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.”  Beyond the thrill of a provocative story, our essential question will be, “What makes this poem, novel, or play a moving work of art?”

In this course, you will come to understand the writer’s craft, and learn how to articulate the reasons for its effect upon you (or perhaps open the way for a more profound effect upon you). Reading sophisticated texts, writing your thoughts about what you read, and engaging in class discussions, are skill-building processes that also make for a lively learning community.

Advanced British Literature

This course offers a comprehensive survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 20th century, using a college level anthology and additional texts from the genres of drama and fiction. The writing component anticipates college level expectations in format, style, and support of an arguable thesis, using both primary and secondary sources. You will have the opportunity here, as in all of your classes, to develop as a person of faith, character, and responsibility, who is prepared as a lifelong learner.

ACADEMIC LEAGUE: Lunch meetings to begin in September for quizbowl play. AH 102.