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AP Preparation English Literature And Composition

  • AP & SAT Prep


AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

Please Note: This is a preparation course only. A credit will not be issued by Blyth Academy Online. Students wishing to earn an Advanced Placement credit must write the official AP exam that is administered by the College Board.

Course Overview

The AP English Literature and Composition online course aligns with an introductory post-secondary 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.

Thinking About Literature

Essential Question: Why do we study literature?

In this unit, students will be provided with the foundations for the course, by preparing them with the analytical tools to explore various texts.

Close Reading

Essential Question: How does annotation help us to understand poetry more deeply?

In this unit, students will learn what close reading, or explication of text is. Students will analyze the elements of style to figure out how a writer’s stylistic choices convey their work’s message. Students will also learn about special consideration for reading poetry closely. This unit will also cover annotation.

Home, Identity & Culture

Essential Question: What is exploratory writing?

In this unit, students will discuss several strategies to help them become more active readers, students will also be provided with opportunities to practice annotation. Students will learn about graphic organizers, which are another approach to close reading. Students will closely analyze a poem themselves.

Conformity & Rebellion

Essential Question: How does close reading develop our analytical skills?

In this unit, students will explore how the themes of conformity and rebellion are represented in a broad range of literary works.

Independent Study Unit

Essential Question: How can the use of literary devices help us convey our understanding of an author's overall theme/message?

In this unit, students will explore a work to demonstrate their understanding of the big ideas and enduring understandings.


This project is one of the final evaluations for this course and will challenge students to use knowledge acquired throughout the course.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook
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