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09/04/2019

Has anybody taken AP English Literature?

QUESTION
Has anybody taken AP English Literature?
What is is like?
Did you enjoy it?
Was it hard or easy?

ANSWER
This course is designated for motivated students with a command of standard English, an interest in exploring and analyzing challenging classical and contemporary literature, and a desire to analyze and interpret dominant literary genres and themes. The AP Literature Course is typically offered to high school seniors. It is frequently offered the year after students take the other AP English course, AP English Language and Composition. In some schools that do not offer AP English Language, the course is offered after students successfully complete eleventh grade honors/pre-AP English. Students learn and apply methods of literary analysis and write with a variety of purposes to increase precision in expression. Some criticism involves the fact that students are free to use supporting or contrasting examples from any works of literature they have read, which means the readers may not have read those books themselves. This has led to discussion over whether using examples from more obscure books is recommended, so that the reader will not have a bias (or dissenting opinion) upon reading the essay. Some instructors have even suggested that students may simply make up a book or event in order to support their thesis. Also, like most other AP exams, and other standardized exams, because the grading rubric is widely available, many instructors teach to the rubric so that students will develop a formulaic essay that will blatantly hit upon each of the rubric’s points, rather than encouraging free and involved analysis.