Introductory Unit and Agenda
*using the Aufses, Jago, and Scanlon text
and the Meyers Anthology
Weeks 1&2: Introduction to the course
Introduction to the course: Thinking about literature. What makes an effective reader? How do we approach literature? Experience, Analysis and Extension
“The Sacred” by Stephen Dunn, “When my love swears that she is made of truth” by William Shakespeare, “Vegetarian Physics” by David Clewell, “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, “The Bagel” by David Ignatow, “Shawl” by Albert Goldbarth, “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins, “Learning to Read” by Franz Wright, “‘Out, Out – ,’” By Robert Frost, “Snow” by Julia Alvarez
Weeks 3& 4: Close Reading: Analyzing Poetry and Passages of Fiction
What is composition and language? How do we become close readers?
The Foundation – Elements of Style: Diction, Figurative Language, Imagery, Syntax, Rhyme, Meter, Form, Tone and Mood.
Explanation will be given of the nature of writing assignments in AP Literature as well as how to use annotation in close reading, and developing a thesis statement.
Timed in-class writing: critical analysis of poem (reader-response theory)
My Antonia by Willa Cather (excerpt), “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Housmann, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (excerpt), “Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art” John Keats, “Delight in Disorder” by Robert Herrick, “My Father’s Song” by Simon Ortiz, “Promises like Pie-Crust” by Christina Georgina Rossetti, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (excerpt), “Slam, Dunk, & Hook” by Yusef Komunyakaa, “The Beauty and Danger of Basketball” by Carlton Curtis, “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch, “One Game, Two Lives” by Talat Rubin, “Traveling through the Dark” by William Stafford
AP Literature is designed to help you accomplish the following: