Syllabus 2019-20 (Word/PDF)
Literature Course Description
Summer Reading Assignment
2019 Essay Questions
2019 Essay Scoring Guidelines
Open-Ended Prompts (1970-2019)
6-Point General Scoring Rubrics
Essay Scoring Rubrics
Units of Study
Glossary of Terms
Taboo Words and Conventions
Literary Periods: Attributes
Close Reading Worksheet
Major Works Data Sheet
Senior Board: ESHS Counseling
class goals and expectations, reading, or writing an essay, the
following questions will guide our thinking toward work that is
challenging, purposeful, and enriching.
Why read old literature?
What does effective writing look like?
To what extent can we learn about ourselves by studying
An effective AP course prepares students not only to pass
the AP exam in May, it also prepares
students to read and write at a college level and to think
critically and creatively in a variety of
Literature offers timeless insights into the human
conditions; as we study literature, we study
Writing is a craft that meets the intellectual, creative,
and analytical needs of writers and readers.
This course prepares
students for the AP English Literature and Composition exam.
At the same time, students experience the environment of a
college class through individual study, class discussions, and
writing assignments that focus on analysis, literary
appreciation, and critical thinking. Moreover, the
curriculum and grading system are consistent with the College
Board AP course description and scoring guides. In terms
of rigor and workload, this course is comparable to college- or
university-level classes. To that end, students scoring a
3 or above on the exam receive college credit at most colleges
and universities throughout the United States.
AP English Literature
and Composition is something of a paradox. It is indeed
rigorous, but it also enjoyable. The literature is enormously
engaging, the work satisfying, and the class environment
vibrant. Students will be challenged, but it is fair to say that
if students engage in the work, they will emerge from the course
with college credit and skills. More importantly students will
garner timeless insights about themselves, the human condition,
and the world.