AP® English Literature & Composition

  • $700.00 / Full Year
  • $380.00 / Semester 1
  • $380.00 / Semester 2
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Course Overview

Our AP English Literature and Composition online course immerses students in novels, plays, poems, and short stories from various periods. Students will read and write daily, using a variety of multimedia and interactive activities, interpretive writing assignments, and class discussions to assess and improve their skills and knowledge. The course places special emphasis on reading comprehension, structural and critical analysis of written works, literary vocabulary, and recognizing and understanding literary devices. The equivalent of an introductory college-level survey class, this course prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in creative writing, communications, journalism, literature, and composition.

This course has been authorized by the College Board to use the AP designation.

Course Details

Grade Levels
High School

At least a B-grade in most recent English course

Course Length

Full Year: Full year courses are two semesters in length, 18 weeks maximum each.

Semester 1: 18 weeks, recommended summer pacing is 9 weeks.

Semester 2: 18 weeks, recommended summer pacing is 9 weeks.

Required Materials

Semesters 1 and 2: Required

  • The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 6th ed. Margaret Ferguson et al, eds. (W.W. Norton, 2018).
    ISBN-10: 0393679020 / ISBN-13: 97803936790210
    Acceptable alternate: 5th ed. (2005). ISBN 10: 0393979202
    Acceptable alternate: 4th ed. (1996). ISBN-10: 0393968200
  • The Story and Its Writer, 10th ed. Ann Charters (Bedford/St. Martins, 2018).
    ISBN-10: 1319105602 / ISBN-13: 9781319105600
    Acceptable alternate: 9th ed. (2014). ISBN-10: 1457665557
    Acceptable alternate: 8th ed. (2010). ISBN-10: 0312596231

Semester 1: Required

  • Hedda Gabler. Henrik Ibsen (Dover, 1990).
    ISBN-10: 0486264696 / ISBN-13: 9780486264691
    Other editions acceptable.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2004).
    ISBN-10: 0811216020 / ISBN-13: 9780811216029
    Other editions acceptable.
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston (Harper, 2006).
    ISBN-10: 0060838671 / ISBN-13: 9780060838676
    Other editions acceptable.
  • Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine, eds.
    (Washington Square Press, 1993).
    ISBN-10: 0743482778 / ISBN-13: 9780743482776
    Other editions acceptable

Semester 2: Required

  • The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribner, 1994).
    ISBN-10: 0743273567 / ISBN-13: 9780743273565
    Other editions acceptable.
    Ebook available online: https://www.openrightslibrary.com/the-great-gatsby-ebook/
  • Annie John. Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985).
    ISBN-10: 0374525102 / ISBN-13: 9780374525101
    Other editions acceptable.
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. Michael Mason, ed. (Penguin, 2006).
    ISBN-10: 0141441143 / ISBN-13: 9780141441146
    Other editions acceptable.

Course Units & Syllabus

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