AP® English Literature and Composition B

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.

Required Course Materials

You will need to purchase a textbook because the course involves reading text:

Literature & Composition:Reading, Writing, Thinking by Carol Jago, Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Dissin Aufses, 2011.

  • ISBM-13:  978-0-312-38806-51
  • ISBN-10:  0-312-38806-3

You will also need access to the following works:

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Lord of the Flies by William Goldsmith
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

Course Organization

This semester course consists of:

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

You must take and pass each semester’s final exam to receive credit for the course. After taking the semester B exam, 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

  • Exploring Suffering and the Human Condition
  • Exploring Life and Death:  The Dichotomy of the Human Experience
  • Exploring Peace and War through Literature
  • Understanding and Developing the Free-Response Essay for Poetry and Prose