Poetic Literary Terms
Alliteration the repetition of the same sounds, usually initial consonants, in neighboring words.
Assonance the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words.
Ballad a form of narrative poetry that presents a s
A.P. Test Vocabulary
Admonish [ad-mon-ish] v. - to caution, advise, or counsel against something; 2.
to reprove or scold, esp. in a mild and good-willed manner: The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.
Ascetic [uh-set-ik] n. - a person who leads
Learning Targets for Analysis and
A.P. English Literature and Composition
1. I can define theme.
2. I can read a fictional text and discover the theme using textual clues.
3. I can develop ideas about characters from a text a
A Brief History of African-American Literature
A. Early predates independence of U.S.
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784): published Poems on a Variety of Subjects
in 1783. At the time, people couldnt believe that a slave and a woman
could write poetry, though
DETERMINING TONE USING THE "MADGLAD-SAD" APPROACH (4-22-05)
Use this list to help determine tone by first considering
whether the tone is positive or negative overall, then considering if
the author seems "mad, glad, or sad." Some of the words may fit in
MULTIPLE CHOICE STRATEGIES
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
You will have one hour to answer 52-55 questions.
The test will have four to five passages to analyze. Each passage will be followed by multiple
Dear AP English Literature and Composition student,
Welcome to AP! We cant wait to meet you in the fall. Spending time with AP students is our favorite
part of teaching, and we hope you find it worthwhile, fun, and financially advantageous. Also, we
Figures of Speech
Allusion an indirect or passing reference to an event, person, place or artistic work that the author assumes the reader will
understand. Grading papers is the albatross around Mrs. Aupperlees neck, which alludes to Coleridges The Rime o
Learning Targets for The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
I can understand how Johnsons life influenced the writing of the novel.
I can describe how Johnson influenced the Harlem Renaissance.
I can identify the characteristics of slave narratives and ho
Allegory a story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning. An allegory
may be conceived at a metaphor that is extended into a structured system.
Anecdote a brief narrative of an e
Practicing Theme Analysis Using Chekhovs The Bear
Directions: Using the DIDLS technique, your reading of the theme chapter from
Roberts, and pages 245-246 (up to the ringing bell) from The Bear, answer the
following prompt by writing an introductory parag
Quick Fixes for Improving Student Scores on the AP Essays
(Based on my Participation at the 2012 and 2013 AP Literature Readings)
1. Answer the whole prompt. If you do not, your essay will be automatically be a lower
half essay, as the rubric says.