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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.

English 4

English 4 is a year-long course required of all senior students except those in AP English or British Literature Honors. This course is designed with two components: an intensive writing component in which students examine the fundamentals and finer points of the thesis-centered essay, and a literature survey component in which students investigate representative works of major British writers through the study of both fiction and non-fiction. 

 In the first semester, students will embark upon a sequence of writing tasks meant to cover a variety of expository approaches and forms. Students will be responsible for developing and independently researching their own essay topics. This program of instruction emphasizes the critical thinking needed for expository essaying, the key stages of the writing process from invention and research to finished product, and the common grammatical, stylistic, and technical elements of writing college level essays. The second semester is an integrated course in reading, writing, and critical thinking; students will continue to apply their critical thinking, research, and expository skills within the framework of a survey study of British works and authors ranging from the Anglo-Saxon Period of England to the present.





"There’s only one story...the one story is our story....We all know what the story is about
because it is our story,...

("There is Only One Story, Ken Sanes)


  • to foster a passion, curiosity, and commitment to learning;
  • to improve one’s ability to write, speak, read, and think critically, closely, and creatively;
  • to establish a thoughtful, respectful, and supportive community for discussion and discovery;
  • to expand one’s understanding of not just the assigned reading but of life more generally;
  • to achieve the difficult balance between being an intellectual and being an adult in progress!;big grin
  • to take risks, to ask questions, to fall down, to get up, to try again.  Keep calm and carry on!

 Please look at the helpful links below:


The Tongue Untied: A Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Style.






More Fun Sites to Challenge/Inspire/Inform you:

SAT Question of the Day

SAT Word of the Day

Quote of the Day

This Day in History

Museum of London

The Smithsonian

The Louvre


 Helpful Link for MLA Documentation/Grammar:

Diana Hacker's  Research and Documentation site:


UC Berkeley: A World of Primary Sources and More

Collected UC Sites:


**Don't forget to click on "See All UC Berkeley Web Sites " ( or similar) to be taken to more valuable material!


"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."


-E.L. Doctorow


"A classic is a book that never finished saying what it has to say."


-Italo Calvino