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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I recommend this class primarily due to the level of leeway allowed by the Teacher. Mrs. Lehman, the AP literature teacher I have, has the policy of allowing students to edit and resubmit almost every essay you write in the year for points back. For students who enter the course with a good level of reading comprehension and writing skill, the teacher does a good job of making you feel accomplished. For those entering who are less confident with their English abilities, the class does have slightly harsher grading then previous teachers I've had, but Mrs.Lehman is very willing to help anyone who needs her.
This course includes the reading and analysis of several books, including Othello, Hamlet, The Tiger's Wife, Jane Eyre, etc. I would say the highlight was the unit on The Tiger's Wife, a wonderful piece of nonfiction which brags both an easier readability level then Shakespeare, yet possibly a more in depth and exploitative topics, such as on the idea of Medicine, Life, and the supernatural. Additionally, Mrs. Lehman has a special essay project which allows you to write on any class book of your choosing, with a topic also of your choosing, which allows for a lot of creative nonfiction writing on the students part.
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The primary pieces of advice I could give are relatively common for English courses. Always read the text for any passages or books assigned. Sometimes looking up spark notes rather then actually reading can be tempting, but if you truly find yourself lost I find the best method is to read on your own, and then look at brief summaries of what you just read online, chapter by chapter. if time permits, looking back to make sense of what you read and the summary is very helpful (this mostly applying to older text like Shakespeare).