Type: Honors

Available to: grade 12 students, see placement requirements link on the English Department page

AP English provides an introductory college-level course to students ready for advanced literary analysis. The syllabus both acquaints students with some of the major texts in the Western tradition and exposes them to a rich sampling of literary genres. The course promotes critical thinking and lucid, persuasive, and forceful writing. This course emphasizes the analytical essay based on the concept of the “close reading.” A high degree of responsibility for class participation and independent learning is fostered by requiring students to lead discussions, to make presentations, and to complete a reading journal in a thoughtful and thorough manner. Students are prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in May and for successfully meeting the writing and thinking expectations of the most rigorous colleges. Last year’s syllabus included Song of Solomon, The UnAmericans, Gilead, Heart of Darkness, Seize the Day, Dubliners, Equus, Winesburg, Ohio, No Exit, Twelfth Night, and a rich sampling of poetry.