The English Department believes that by helping our students become more analytical readers, more articulate communicators, and critical thinkers, we are helping them become citizens who can work collectively to build a more democratic and just society. We believe that through reading, discussion, and writing, our students will develop their own voices as writers and see the value in sharing their own stories and opinions.
Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Literature: Grade 12
AP English Literature is a course that focuses mainly on American and British Literature with an emphasis on close reading, historical movements and periods, and AP Test Practice. The class follows the arc of development of Western Literature, politics, religious, and philosophical thinking from the axial age (600 – 800 BCE) to contemporary times and includes study of world mythology, poetry, prose, and drama. Course objectives combine the learning of analytical and critical skills with writing about literature using the tools of analysis and criticism. Students will discover precisely how authors use imagery, figures of speech, symbols, tone, diction, style, theme and structure to convey the meaning of their work. Students will be challenged to write persuasive essays and papers of various lengths as they wrestle with literary interpretation in preparation for the AP exam in May.