AP/Advanced English Literature Part 2 is a continuation of the accelerated course meant to prepare students who plan to take the Advanced Placement exam. It also meets the Advanced Placement criteria required by the College Board. The course begins by introducing students to a wide range of British poets, starting with the metaphysical poets of the Renaissance and ending with contemporary British poets. Studies will focus on literary periods such as Gothic Romanticism, the Romantic Hero, the Victorian Age, War Poetry, and Post-Modernism. Students will continue to read challenging literary selections that span multiple genres from classical to modern times. Some examples of these works include Oedipus the King
and A Midsummer Night's Dream
. Students will review pieces of literature that follow a common theme, and they will also submit criticisms to demonstrate thorough comprehension. Some examples of these readings include Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House
and Ayn Rand's novella Anthem
. Students are expected to write extensively in this course and to apply prior writing knowledge to their responses. Some of the literary works used in this course involve mature themes.
It is recommended that students successfully complete AP/Advanced English Literature Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course. Successful completion of both Part 1 and Part 2 of this course is required for students to earn the AP designation.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Recognize the elements of Greek drama.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roots of the reader-response critical method, and identify the role that the reader plays in the events in a story.
- Identify how Shakespeare's use of language is unique and essential.
- Discuss the components of Shakespearean theater.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contexts in which a work is influenced.
- Evaluate when it is advantageous to utilize cultural studies in critical analysis.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify, define, and discuss key elements of comedy.
- Recognize why dialogue is important.
- Analyze characterization within a play.
- Recognize the components of Modern Theater.
- Review the social context of a story.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major themes of gender studies in critical analysis.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze how to read a play.
- Recognize the author’s purpose.
- Assess the impact of flashback on a reading.
- Construct an abstract, and analyze and evaluate a professional criticism.
- Demonstrate an understanding of motifs in literature.
- Recognize the impact of character foils in literature.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Review background information regarding an author in order to develop a better understanding of a literary work.
- Review the elements of fiction.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a piece of literature.
- Critique the use of symbols in a literary work.
- Formulate inferences when reading literature.
- Identify the importance of literary devices by analyzing the use of simile in a literary work.
- An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (textbook)