Course Description

Both semesters of AP English Literature and Composition have been designed to challenge students to read and interpret a wide range of literary works. This course allows students to explore a variety of genres and literary periods and to write clearly about the literature that they encounter. By the end of the second semester, the student will be well prepared for the AP examination and will have acquired analytical skills that will be used throughout life. The first semester of this course focuses on the elements of fiction. The student will spend a considerable amount of time reading and analyzing a variety of short stories and novels. The student will evaluate how the elements of plot analysis, characterization, theme, point of view, symbolism, allegory, irony, and humor work together to create a story or novel that is worthy of literary acclaim. In addition to reading, the student will complete a wide variety of writing pieces in order to develop better writing skills in the following areas: narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:


Grade Level


Primary Textbook:
Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. Eleventh Edition. Arp,Thomas R. and Greg Johnson.Boston: Thompson Wadsworth, 2011.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Students are required to read this novel before the start of the course.

The textbook below is required to purchase for Semester B (Jan–May):

Cracking the AP English Literature & Composition Exam, 2017 Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1101919910
ISBN-10: 1101919914

Additional Novels:

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.

2 Semesters

Successful completion of ELA 11 and a teacher's recommendation

Technology Skills