The purpose of this course is to study and practice writing and to study literature. Students will read and analyze imaginative literature from various periods and disciplines while sharpening their understanding of how a work’s style, figurative language, theme, and other literary elements contribute to its meaning and cultural significance.
Students must take the Advanced Placement Exam in order to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students who do not take the AP® Exam will be awarded Honors level credit.
Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of character revelation by describing characterization through textual details, explaining the function of contrasting characters, and explaining character complexity.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of characters’ purpose by describing archetypes, explaining the role of the narrator, and analyzing the impact of characters in poetry and prose.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary devices by explaining techniques for conveying meaning in literary texts and analyzing the development of themes through symbols and motifs.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary interpretation by analyzing the impact of poetic techniques on the meaning conveyed through a poem and creating an evidence-based commentary to support an interpretation of a novel.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative technique by describing narrative elements within novels and narrative poems and analyzing their impact on meaning.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary argumentation by creating arguments on the meaning of works of drama and poetry, and integrating textual support exemplifying literary devices.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of verisimilitude in literature by analyzing depictions of nature through the use of sound devices and figurative language, explaining a writer’s portrait of the complexity of an experience, and describing an illuminating incident in a novel or play.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of tone in literature by explaining the forms and function of irony in a text and analyzing the impact of an author’s tone on meaning.
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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