English 12 Advanced Placement
(Composition and Literature II)
Students in Advanced Composition and Literature II will experience a continuation of Composition and Literature I, the college-level, credit-bearing English course sequence offered through the SUNY ACE program. With a focus on introducing students to a more formal, analytical approach to our rich literary history, the course will survey specific periods of literary importance, ranging from the English Renaissance to the American post-modern period. Anchor selections, which may include Thomas C. Foster’s guide How to Read Literature Like a College Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, will expose students to the diverse nature of our writing traditions and provide them with the appropriate intellectual rigor. Throughout the year, students will also be exposed to a wide-range of literature, including poetry, prose, primary sources, secondary historical background readings, and literary criticisms. Students will engage in a variety of writing activities, including formal and informal essays, MLA research assignments, as well as WIKI and other technology-based projects. Students also prepare for the AP Literature and Composition exam in May through reading comprehension practice and timed in-class essay writing assignments. The course will culminate in the Advanced Placement exam and a final interdisciplinary MLA research paper. Course prerequisites apply.