AP English Language
Credit Hours: 1.0
Course Length: 2 Semesters
This course is designed to promote the love of literature and to engage students to become independent thinkers and skillful writers. By using major works from different literary periods, this year long course focuses on a variety of genres. This includes the short story, the novel, drama and poetry.
This course requires extensive reading assignments to promote close and analytical interpretation of the text. It also includes challenging writing assignments, generally 3-5 pages in length, to foster strong organizational skills with attention to form, style, and structure as well as content. Some research is included.
Finally, class discussion is a major component of this course. We are a community of learners and teachers and it is important that we “hear” one another’s voice. Everyone is expected to participate fully.
Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials
Students will be expected to acquire the following novels for this class: The Good Earth, The Kite Runner, The Secret Life of Bees, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Our Town, The Awakening, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Death of a Saleman. These books can be found at a local or school library or can be purchased through Amazon for a few dollars each.