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AP® Literature and Composition

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course is a demanding, college-level class that prepares students for the AP* English Language and Composition exam in May. While enrolled in the MTDA AP Literature and Composition course students will engage in close reading (active and thoughtful) of literary works in a rigorous, college-level curriculum. Through the deep study of works of literary merit, students will sharpen their awareness of language and how writers use language to create meaning. In addition, students will develop an independent appreciation of literary works while becoming sensitive to literature as shared experience. Students will discuss and write about the individual work (novels, plays, poems, essays) as well multiple sources. This course’s literary study will look at style and structure, diction, figurative language, imagery, selection of detail, language, tone and syntax. Writing well about literature is a key component of the course. In addition to essay writing, students will be expected to write clear, supported posts and responses in threaded discussion. For a more extensive course description visit:

AP courses have challenging time demands. Students taking AP courses should be able to dedicate significant time for reading and study each week. It is not recommended that students take this course a supplement to a regular core course, but in replacement of it.


Successful completion of English I, II, & III.  Student will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Required Materials:

You will also need to supply the following materials. You can borrow from your public library or rent from your local video store.

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Hollow Men” by T. S. Eliot
  • A novel from the list provided in Module 2
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet video (Versions available: Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, Laurence Olivier) **
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Importance of Being Earnest video **
  • Barron’s How to Prepare for the AP Advanced Placement Exam English Literature and Composition
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

You will also need to provide one of the following books for the module 9 Pot Luck Dinner Party assignments:

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • A House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Othello


Student Selected Novel List

Students will need to select one of the following novels to read for Module 2. The novels can be purchased or obtained from your local school library:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Color Purple By Alice Walker
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Willow Moran, Columbia Falls Public Schools,