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AP English Literature & Composition was genuinely the most amazing course that I have ever taken. Though it takes a lot of work to get a good grade and ultimately a positive experience. The focused discussions and amount of intellectual conversation that happens is a great motivator to not only do your work, but do it well. This course is not just another course, but a class that teaches you how to think and has made a huge difference in how I think about the world.
The thing about good literature is that not only is there something for everyone, but that it ultimately reflects a way of thinking and a worldview that is captured as the author writes. This was very apparent as we went through the year studying different types of literature, from prose to plays to poetry. Though we are taught about the fundamentals of English and the more technical side of things, the class was ultimately more about understanding and the ability to effectively analyze literature. For every story that we read, there was deeper meaning to be understood, and a lot of importance was put on thinking critically about these carefully constructed stories that made allusions to real life. My favorite lesson all year was actually the longest assignment, a 10-page paper comparing and contrasting the elements of 2 short stories. It was so valuable to sit down and work through the elements of these great pieces of literature, picking apart themes, symbols, and how these things were to be interpreted by the reader. Coming out of that course, I definitely have experienced a shift in mindset and the way I think.
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This course was definitely challenging at times, but is ultimately so worth it. It is fun, engaging, and you really do get out what you put in. Homework is assigned almost every night, and can be very time consuming, but staying on top of it and not procrastinating is the key. The more time you spend reading, rereading, and answering the questions, the more you can participate meaningfully in class discussion and actually get something from the class. The workload in this class is also very top heavy. Time management is key, but the bulk of the actual writing work happens toward the beginning of the year. Setting good habits about doing the work can be the difference between having an amazing experience and a terrible one. If you really put your heart into this class, it really will be a course you will remember and continue to think about for a very long time.