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ENGLISH 401 AP Literature and Composition

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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a very difficult class, but with the right teacher, it just might be better. Summer assignments are particularly long, lots of essay writing, and a ton of reading helps prepare you the AP test in May.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course is seeing the improvement in writing and reading skills. After this course I was able to analyze every piece of literature quickly and being able to identify various literary terms.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise all students taking this class to prepare to read a lot. On the AP test you are going to need to refer to a list of books and by reading a bunch of books throughout the year, you are going to do better on the actual test.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ms De Bella
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research
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    Apr 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    After taking AP Language and Composition the year before this class added a new dimension to literature. We read a mix of American and British Lit as well as several different genres and eras of literature. We write an essay to two essays a week and do a short multiple choice practice every Monday which is meant to prepare us for the AP exam. We not only study the effects of literary elements on the piece but also the meaning of the work as a whole in society.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite book this year was Brave New World, my least favorite was As I Lay Dying. We also went through an extensive poetry unit which ended with a poetry anthology and our first semester final was another, longer, poetry collection. I really enjoyed putting the anthologies together because it gave me a chance to explore more genres of poetry and writers that aren't William Shakespeare or Robert Frost.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay on top of the reading, don't get discouraged if your essay grades become stagnant, let Mrs. Barber help you with your essays inside and outside of class - she is an excellent resource for college advice.

    • Fall 2015
    • Susan Barber
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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