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AP English Literature and Composition

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AP Course, English Language Arts, Literature and Media, Writing and Composition

Literature of Virtue and the Virtue of Literature is the subtitle of this course, which thoroughly prepares students for the challenging AP® Literature and Composition exam by studying the ethical, moral, spiritual, and intellectual themes of great works in the western literary canon from an AP-preparatory approach and a biblical worldview. Great literature reflects a great truth: we are all made of dust and story and the breath of God. Every life lived this side of heaven tells its own tale, caught as we are between sin on one side and redemption on the other. The characters in these great works are like us, or at least aspects of us. Virtue and vice, truth and lie, entangle them in the battle for heart and soul that beings everyone before God before the real story ends. In this course we will consider great literature and literary characters in light of twelve major virtues that define a life set apart in Christian faith. We will see these characters move toward virtue and away from virtue, and learn about our own character through all of them. Major works include: Antigone, Macbeth, Hamlet, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, The Great Gatsby, as well as short stories and poetry, and more. In addition to the required works, this course is customizable in that students have several opportunities to choose their own reading from a list of major works. Students should expect mature college-level pacing, analysis, discussion and writing with a focus on addressing fiction, drama, and poetry in deep and sophisticated ways. Students should expect to be challenged and matured, academically and personally.

Grade Levels*:
11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (85% or higher) of TPS Lit Survey and Composition (Honors)
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (85% or higher) of any two TPS English 4 (or higher) courses including at least one Lit and Comp course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (90% or higher) of any one TPS English 4 (or higher) Lit and Comp course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Mature Content: Please review the book list prior to enrolling. This content of this course is mature and no accommodation will be provided for students who are unprepared to analyze and discuss literature with objectionable concepts and characters.

Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived if the student has a schedule or time zone conflict. Please review the Flexible Scheduling information for details.

AP® Certified: Learn more about TPS AP courses and exam results. (AP® is a trademark owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this course.)

California A-G: This course has CA A-G approval.

“This course has been one of the most rewarding and helpful classes I have ever taken. I understand so much more about how to write well and about literature in general than I did before this class. The teacher introduced me to some of my current favorite authors and their works, and she genuinely cares about each of her students and about the literature we discussed.”

Meg B

“As an avid reader and writer, I was looking for a class that challenged me with analyzing literature and writing. AP Literature and Composition did just that, all while being fun and interesting. We read amazing books and the class took my writing to the next level. This class was definitely my favorite high school class ever and I highly recommend it to anyone interested.”

Alessandra G

“Why would I recommend AP Lit and Comp? Oh let me count the ways… Actually I think I’ll narrow it down to a couple main reasons: 1. Literature analysis – honestly I saw this class less as AP Test Prep and more like AP Book Club. We spent the entire year diving deep into difficult books. Of course we parsed through the literary devices, but we also dug into the authors’ motivations, and how even these snapshots of the depravity of man testify to the goodness and grace of God. 2. Writing analysis – being an AP class, we definitely did our fair share of writing. I appreciated the rigor of the practice quizzes and practice free-response questions we were given, as well as frequent opportunity to write longer analyses. The teacher’s loving feedback helped shape us into sophisticated writers ready to tackle the test!”

Alyssa K
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