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Intro to AP English Literature (Summer I)

From: $75.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 10th – 12th

Summer Session I (Week of May 16 – Week of June 27)

Live Class: Thursday, 4 PM EST

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

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Course Description

Introduction to AP English Literature

  • This is a short, intensive introduction to the basic elements of literature (characterization, dialogue, conflict, narrative perspective, tone, figurative language, the basic elements of drama, and the elements and structure of poetry).
  • Students will read and analyze a full-length Shakespeare play, two classic short stories, and a selection of poetry.
  • I will provide many important concept and vocabulary handouts that are important to the study of AP Literature.
  • Students will complete several short literary analysis essays in this course. We will examine the basics of literary analysis in depth, addressing:
    • Prose Analysis Essay and Poetry/Drama Analysis Essay structure.
    • Choosing, formatting, and defending appropriate examples.
    • Making connections between literary devices and theme.
    • Analyzing rather than summarizing: the clear method to take your essays from “mediocre” to “SUPERB!”
    •  I provide detailed critiques in the following areas: structure and organization; diction and syntax; appropriateness of example; depth of analysis.
  • While this is not a full-length AP Prep course, it is an excellent introduction to many of the most important aspects of literature. This course is ideal for the student who would like a review of basic literary elements, support for an upcoming course, or is unsure whether or not a year-long literature course is for them.

Time Commitment: Approximately 6-8 hours a week.

Communication: Both parents and students will receive access to the course website at the beginning of our course. The course website will be updated with homework, handouts, discussion questions, resources and other materials on a weekly basis. In addition, I will send weekly update emails to both students and parents. I will provide detailed critiques of student work. Clear, regular communication is a very important element of this course. Each week of the intensive will involve an optional live discussion on Thursdays at 4PM-4:50PM EST. It will be recorded for students who are not able to attend live discussions; all discussion is optional. Flexibility is our goal!

Technical requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing capabilities and high-speed internet. They must be able to open and read both Microsoft Word files and PDFs. Microphone and/or headset are suggested, but not required.

Reviews

  1. Debra Bell

    “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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Required Texts

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (any print or online edition)
“Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (short story; I will provide online link)
“Wagner’s Matinee” by Willa Cather (short story; I will provide online link)
Classic and modern poems for which I will provide links; no additional purchase necessary.

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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