AP English Literature and Composition

An AP English Literature and Composition course immerses students in the careful reading and critical analysis of poetry, novels, stories, and plays.

In this year-long course, students read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.

In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values it reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation, and critical perspectives are brought to bear on the literary works studied.