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Always Do the Reading
Lots of Writing
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The common response is because AP courses look better and impressive on your college applications because it shows that you pushed yourself above the limit and challenged yourself with a college-paced lesson. Not only does it look good, you learn a lot more as opposed to regular English lessons and professors tend to go more in depth over each lesson. It helps a lot especially for writing personal statements that may impress your future institution.
In AP Literature, I learned a lot about poems, figurative language, literature, and different styles in writing. When learning about poems, the professor will introduce the alumni to formats such as Shakespearean Sonnets or Italian Sonnets and basic vocabulary needed to grasp a better understanding of the information. It will be highly likely that you will be assigned some poems from different periods and tasked into outlining and annotating the poem for class discourse. Figurative language is mostly studied with poems as well because of the excessive use found in the majority of the poems. You will also be tasked in reading infamous works of literature such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. After you have completed reading the works of literature, you will be expected to compose a five-paragraph essay in which you identify the meaning of the work as a whole, use of figurative language, and successful incorporation of quotes from the work to support your response. Some styles that you will study about include the Gothic Era, Romanticism, Metaphysical, etc.
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If you are considering joining AP Literature, it is highly important that you always complete reading the works assigned thoroughly and that you complete your work on time. Keep in mind that you will be expected to know the material well enough to score a 3 or higher on the AP Exam and that your composition skills are excellent for convincing essays.