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AP English Literature (Second Semester)

From: $135.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 10th-12th

Live Class:  Every other Thursday 2 PM or 3 PM EST

(Students must apply and be accepted first.) AP LITERATURE APPLICATION (Word) AP LITERATURE APPLICATION (PDF)

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

 

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Course Description

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This class is intended for 10th, 11th and 12th graders who possess a love of story and energetic discussion. While this course is designed to prepare students to successfully take the Advanced Placement English Literature exam, the material is structured to encourage an ongoing love of writing and in-depth textual analysis. The ability to thoughtfully evaluate what we read is one of the best skills to develop in high school and beyond! I believe the best way to develop writing structure and style is through the study of storytelling and narrative. Humanity connects and communicates through stories, characters, and imaginative worlds. The pieces chosen for this course reflect a wide variety of tastes and themes; there is something here for a lover of any genre and style, from classic drama to biting satire, from gritty realism to nuanced explorations of interpersonal relationships. I have chosen classic works of fiction from a variety of time periods and backgrounds to help students explore a three-dimensional, vibrant scope of humanity.

My goals in AP English Literature are to:

  1. Guide students as they master a wide breadth of literary analysis concepts and elements that help us to interpret and enjoy the narratives we read.
  2. Help students pursue knowledge and creativity in an active manner.
  3. Create a community of rich discussion and exchange of ideas.

I work to achieve these goals through many activities, including but not limited to:

  • Hosting OPTIONAL live, interactive chats every other week via the WebEx conferencing program. If you are not able to attend live meetings, you may ALWAYS listen to the recordings.
  • Providing in-depth written feedback on every essay assignment. I provide regular instruction and feedback in areas such as depth of analysis, organization and structure, balance of generalization and specific detail, effective use of literary elements, correct syntax and grammar, and correct use of a wide-ranging vocabulary and diction.
  • Guiding students as they complete assignments that prepare them for each concept and section of the AP Exam, including fiction analysis, poetry analysis, drama analysis, free response, and multiple choice questions. Students who complete all of the preparation assignments I assign feel prepared and ready for success! Please read the student reviews below for detailed feedback from course participants.
  • Providing optional creative writing assignments to help students “get involved” and enjoy writing! I have a background in Creative Writing instruction; over the past three years, my students (including all course and tutoring students) have won ten Silver Keys and five Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
  • Moderating an interactive, week-long “Dinner Party” project each spring. This is a lively website forum discussion that involves students “interacting” as authors and characters we’ve encountered throughout the year – from Macbeth’s title character to Professor Henry Higgins from Pygmalion. Students interact “in character” and discuss many issues that involve analysis and creativity. This is an excellent way for students to practice their research skills and develop their ability to see from the point of view of a fictional character – or a classic writer. This is wonderful preparation for the AP Exam!
  • This class is designed to be rigorous and exciting, while still flexible.

Weekly assignments may include:

  • An optional live discussion (every other week) or recorded lecture.
  • Interactive discussion of course texts and concepts in our web forum.
  • Short essays and multiple choice quizzes in preparation for the AP exam in May. These assignments are designed to develop the specific skills your student needs!
  • Reading assignments ranging from approx. 30-100 pages.
  • Optional bonus assignments and an in-depth extra credit vocabulary prompt of the week.

Hours of study each week: 8-10 hours, depending on the week and the amount of bonus material the student chooses to cover. This includes required reading, extra credit, group discussion, short essays and multiple choice questions.

Citation and formatting: Students cite sources using MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting style in this course. I provide MLA resources with guidelines for in-text citation, quotation, Works Cited pages, etc.

 Second Semester Topics
  • Pygmalion (DRAMA)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (FICTION)
  • In-depth Poetry Intensive module
  • AP exam prep “boot camp”

Required Texts

AP LITERATURE — DebraBell.com

Required Texts:
Drama:
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (buy or rent any edition)
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (buy or rent any edition)

Fiction:
Persuasion by Jane Austen (buy or rent any edition)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (buy or rent any edition)
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (buy or rent any edition)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (buy or rent any edition)

Short Stories: “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane (available online; I will provide) “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (available online; I will provide) “Everything that Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor (available online; I will provide)

Poetry: Various poems by T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, W. B. Yeats, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, and others (all available online).

Reference:  5 Steps to a 5 AP English Literature. 2014-2015 Edition by Estelle Rankin. ISBN-13: 978-0071840750

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, 4th edition (ISBN-13: 978-0205309023)
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (ISBN-13: 978-0060777050)
Scholarly articles, nonfiction pieces, and resources that I will provide.

Optional Summer Reading from our reference list:
Chapters 1-2 of Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Reviews

  1. Kathryn Gomes

    AP Literature was a fantastic class. I was very impressed by how organized it was and with Mrs. Serbicki’s engagement with her students. We were given clear handouts to make reviewing important ideas easier, as well as plenty of feedback on any written work we did. We could always send her an email to ask for extra help or clarification if we needed it, and this kind of accessibility is so important in an online class.

    If you take advantage of this wonderful class and Mrs. Serbicki’s teaching, you will be able to turn any fear of the AP exam into excitement- it’s a challenge you will have been well prepared to tackle. –I.C.

  2. Kathryn Gomes

    This class was impeccably organized and effectively prepared me for the exam. There were plenty of MCQ practice assignments that assisted in honing test-taking skills, as well as plenty of timed essay practice. I felt confident taking the exam because of this preparation. The coursework itself was interesting, and I especially liked that most assignments allowed for an element of creativity and flexibility.

    Mrs. Serbicki always made her expectations completely clear and answered questions promptly. Her support makes it easy to do your best in this class. I most appreciate her directness and attention to detail when grading assignments; I always knew exactly what to work on and what my strong suits were following her dedicated and methodical grading of my papers. Mrs. Serbicki’s organization, support, and succinctness in helping her students grow as writers not only make success in this class achievable, but also enjoyable. –J.W.

  3. Kathryn Gomes

    “Highly recommended! This course has been a very effective way to prepare for the AP exam. I, though I had never taken any AP class/test before, felt completely ready and able to give my best on exam day. The assigned reading was intriguing and diverse, introducing me to several genres I had never read before. Mrs. Serbicki’s insight and clear analysis of each work we read really helped me to fully comprehend not just the definition but the application and effect of each literary device we discussed. Her critiques on discussion responses and essays, while always remaining positive and uplifting, were very detailed and specific. She made it very clear what I was doing well and what I needed to work on which really helped me to improve my essay writing and analysis ability. Discussion questions were fun and thought-provoking, lectures were fascinating and extremely helpful, and the AP practice was thorough and well-done. We were eased into the world of writing 40 minute essays incrementally, but we were still pushed a little further each time. (Essays moved from untimed in the first semester, to 90, 70, and finally 40 minutes in the second semester.) There were plenty of MCQ (multiple choice questions) and vocabulary support and practice and there were also plenty of extra activities for those who wanted more practice in a particular area. I even got a couple of chances to delve into creative writing assignments, and the course as a whole, with its deep focus on literary devices and plot structure, has really helped me to improve my own skills as a writer.” – Student, 2015-2016

  4. Kathryn Gomes

    “I absolutely loved Mrs. Serbicki’s AP English Literature course. It was such an amazing class, and I enjoyed it so much. Mrs. Serbicki is always very helpful and willing to answer questions. This course prepared me extremely well for the AP exam. Mrs. Serbicki teaches everything you need to know to score well. I received my score last month, and got a 5. Everything I used to prepare for the exam was from this class. If you take this course, you will be prepared for the exam. On average, I spent about 1-1.5 hours a day on this class. The workload was not overwhelming and I enjoyed doing it. I loved the novels we read and Mrs. Serbicki is great at leading discussions about them.”
    – Student (full-year AP Literature PLUS Intro to AP Prep)

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Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

Classes:
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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