12th AP Literature and Composition Syllabus

 12th Grade AP Literature and Composition Syllabus and Grading Policy

Instructor: Mrs. Delilah Darden


Course Description: This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

Course Goals: This course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. This reading will be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing about those books in the company of one’s fellow students.

Materials: Three-ring binder with dividers, pencil, pen, highlighters, sticky-notes.

Class Activities

6 Major Works with Major Work Data Sheets

  1. Heart of Darkness
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest
  3. Shakespearian Drama
  4. A Tale of Two Cities
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  6. Death of a Salesman

8 Practice Multiple Choice Tests

32 Poetry Responses

40 Poetry Discovery Activities

9 In Class Poetry Essays

6 Out of Class Process Papers

  1. College Essay
  2. College Essay
  3. Compare/Contrast Lit to Lit
  4. Compare/Contrast Lit to Movie
  5. Annotated Bibliography
  6. Shakespearian Character Analysis

Short Story Unit with a Focus on Theme and the Levels of Questioning

Grammar Topics As Needed

  1. Subject/Verb Agreement
  2. Direct Objects/Antecedents
  3. Pronouns
  4. Kinds of Sentences
  5. Types of Sentences
  6. Clause/Phrase

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Homework: Budget 20-25 minutes a night for reading and homework activites


Grading Policy

In Class On-Demand Writing          15%

Poetry Activities                                20%

Process Papers                                   15%

Mult. Choice Practice                       15%

Major Works                                     20%

Class Participation                            15%


In Class On-Demand Writing will be AP scored on a scale of 1-9

9 = 100%                           4 = 78%

8 = 95%                             3 = 70%

7 = 92%                             2 = 60%

6 = 88%                             1 = 50%

5 = 84% 

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