AP English Literature and Composition

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This 24-week course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to the introductory year of college literature course work. Although this course fulfills the requirement for a fourth year of high school English, its contents are dictated not at the local or state level but are guided by the regulations of the National College Board. Thus, a statement of purpose that issues from that body follows:

An Advanced Placement English course in Literature and Composition should engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

Writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course and exam. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository,
analytical, and argumentative essays.

Course Goals: Students will . . .

develop an intellect capable of articulating abstract concepts in relation to the reading and writing assigned.
understand the use of literary devices essential to the articulation of ideas.
use a wide-ranging vocabulary with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness.
read with understanding and appreciation for stylistic elements used in a variety of genre and authors.
analyze the linguistic and rhetorical choices of an author.
analyze and employ syntax, figurative language, diction, and tone.
identify and apply appropriate literary terminology to readings and writings.
show how diction, syntax, and paragraph structure are essential tools to develop author’s purpose.

The BIG Questions:
What is the human condition and how do various literary genres help us define, experience, challenge, and celebrate the universal qualities in mankind?

How can we negotiate challenging literary texts—with comprehension—for life?

About me . . .

I have been an educator since 1987at Daviess County High School and have taught a wide variety of language arts classes, including mythology, all levels and grades of English, word power, analytical reading and our school's newspaper. I am a National Board Certified teacher (2007), with a MA in English from Western Kentucky University and a BA in English from Sam Houston State University.

Out of school, I enjoy running, traveling, reading, playing my guitar, and spending time with my family.

Contact me.

The best way to contact me is through email: sally.martin@daviess.kyschools.us . I will respond within 24 hours, barring any emergency. You may also reach me by phone: 270-852-7300.