AP® English Literature and Composition A

Course Description

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college - level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

Advanced Placement (AP ® ) courses are equivalent to college - level courses. We highly recommend that you read the College Board’s AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description before beginning this course.

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Course Organization

This semester course consists of:

  • 5 Units with 2 – 5 Lessons per Unit
  • 15 Graded Assignments
  • 1 final exam (taken in-person)

You must take and pass each semester’s final exam to receive credit for the course. In the spring, you may take the AP® English Language and Composition exam offered by the CollegeBoard, but it is not required to receive credit for the course from UT High School.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: 30 Multiple-choice questions, one essay
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, printed dictionary

Semester Topics

  • College Board exam requirements, close reading techniques, genre differentiation/purpose
  • Exploring Identity and Culture through Literature
  • Exploring Conformity and Rebellion through Literature
  • Exploring Courage and Heroism through Literature
  • Understanding and Developing the Free-Response Essay for Poetry and Prose