AP English Language

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

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.

Course Prerequisites


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.

Major Concepts

  • Develop accurate, perceptive reading skills through close study of text representing various literary genres.
  • Acquire a fluent, precise writing style through the preparation of questions and essays about the text.
  • Identify and understand the literary techniques of literature with particular attention on poetry as it affects and enhances the material.
  • Generate independent, thoughtful and analytical discourse during class discussions.
  • Do independent research.