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.