AP Literature

AP Literature 12 
Daily Lessons

Class Web Pages
Advanced Placement English
Literature and Composition

This is an accelerated course for advanced students in English. The purpose of the class is to provide gifted students with a chance of studying English at a challenging rate and possibly earning college credit upon completion of the course next spring. Because this is an accelerated course, you will be doing a large amount of reading as well as a large amount of writing.

1. You will be writing an average of two compositions a week. Many of the assignments will be based on a reading assignment. You will also keep an OBSERVATION NOTEBOOK for the year. Each week you will be given a question, statement, or assignment to respond to. Make your response a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages. Many times you will be given sample AP essay questions where you will be asked to analyze literary techniques used in a prose or poetry passage. As we inch closer to your AP test in May second semester, you will be given more of these practice essay questions. These ten point responses can be hand-written or typed. You will be given a two-pocket folder to use. One pocket will have your current assignment, while the other pocket will be an accumulation of all other observations.

2. You also will be required to keep a three-ring binder for just this class in which you will keep the numerous handouts you will receive this year. (Note: Because I supplement the AP classes with outside sources, the handouts will be plentiful!) Many times I may ask you to refer back to a handout; hence, the notebook.

3. All compositions or observations should be typed, double-spaced or written in pen on only one side of the paper. Your heading for each assignment will appear in the upper-left hand corner as follows:
Daily in-class work may be done on both sides of the paper in pencil, though ink is preferred.

4. We will be studying primarily British literature, with some World literature thrown in, in conjunction with your composition assignments. The intent will be to expose you to as many British and world authors as possible and to practice interpretative literature skills. We will be looking at all time periods and many different genres including poetry.

5. The school grading policy is followed. Grades will be based on glasswork, homework, tests, quizzes, and projects. This is a weighted course; therefore, the amount of work is heavier than the regular English 12 classes.

6. There will be a final similar to an AP exam at the end of the first semester. There will not be a final exam second semester. You will be taking the Literature and Composition test in May. This test requires a broad reading background, on-the-spot interpretative skills, as well as drawing upon reading experience from a large body of prose and poetry passages.

7. After the AP exam, class will continue as usual until the senior’s last day of school.

8. In order to obtain college credit for this course, you MUST achieve at a college level. Your writing skills and vocabulary should be at the same level of a successful college freshman. Your end goal is to receive a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. 

9. Even though this is a difficult test, with hard work and sincere dedication on your part to improve your skills, you should be successful. The advanced skills your learn in this class should help you with your other high school course as well as college courses you will take in the future. Over the years I’ve had a large number of returning students who’ve shared how easy they found their freshman English courses in college after successfully completing the AP course in high school. 

Additional notes: I have found over the years that students who are truly serious about doing well on the AP test in May ALWAYS DO THE ASSIGNED HOMEWORK! The purpose of the work we do in class as well as the homework assignments is to give you practice in honing your skills to do well not only in class, but also on the AP test in May. I have found that most students who receive 4’s and 5’s on the AP test are ones who spent time on their English assignments; who took the class seriously and realized that they must invest personal time to achieve high goals.

Class Assignments
AP Literature 12 Lesson Plans

Quarter 4

Mon: Begin AP poetry review.  Lesson 1.
Tues: Lesson 2.  HW: HO 5.
Wed: Lesson 4-in class essay.
Th: Lesson 4-peer grade essays from Wed.  Lesson 3.  HW: read "Ode on a Grecian Urn."
Fri: sample mc test; discussion quesions over "Ode.

Mon: no class
Tues: Continue with AP poetry review. Lessons 8 & 9.
Wed: Lessons 11 & 12.
Th: Lesson 18.
Fri: counselor visit.

Mon: begin AP prose review.  Lessons 18 & 21.
Tues: Lessons 23 & 24.
Wed: Lesson 25.
Th: Lessons 29, 30, 31.  HW: read "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."
Fri: Good Friday/no school

Mon: Easter Monday/no school
Tues: continue with prose review.  Discuss "Granny Weatherall." Critical review assn.
Wed: Lessons 32, 33.
Th: Discuss Lesson 32 HO 36; Lesson 35 HO 60.
Fri: Lesson 12 HO 28.

Mon: AP prose test.
Tues: begin novel review.  Lesson 21 HO 36,37,38.
Wed: senior retreat/no class
Th: Lessons 23, 33.  Open-ended questionnaire.
Fri: Lesson 16.

Mon: continue with AP test review
Tues: AP test review
Wed: final review
Th: AP Literature test at St. Patrick of Merna 7:45-12:00

 The link to the Elements of British Literature, sixth course is my.hrw.com or go.hrw.com/gopages