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Advanced Placement Literature and Composition


Contact Info

Room Number – ENG3                                                          

Google Classroom Class Code 3y3cq5j

Planning Period – 2nd                                                                   

Remind Text @croney to 81010                                            

*Email- natalie.croney@bgreen.kyschools.us

Phone Number – (270) 746-2300 ext. 2374

*Email is the preferred contact method.

Course Overview

AP Literature and Composition is a course for students who have demonstrated competency in composition and literary analysis. Students will read complex texts from World Literature (the 1600s – postmodern). The texts require critical thinking and close reading and will always involve a writing component. The modes of the composition will vary, but the same depth of analysis is required. Students are prepared to and expected to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped to tackle writing in post-secondary institutions.


Be Present

I expect you to come to class on time, seated, sound-minded, and prepared to explore the texts assigned in depth. You need to be here because I have noticed a direct correlation between attendance and exam performance over the years. I can help you if you are here.

Be Prepared

Bring the materials that we are reading in class every day. Be a contributing member of the group and not a layperson because you are both student AND teacher.

 Be Polite

I ask that you extend the same level of respect that you expect. (If you have low self-esteem, pretend that it is high, and increase your respect expectancy quotient.)

We read adult literature; therefore, some of the content may be viewed as controversial. You are not expected to agree with your peers, the narrators, or the authors on every issue. You are not expected to change your world-view(s) for the sake of this class. You are expected to listen to each other, to participate in professional academic discourse, and to learn from other perspectives.

Units, Authors, & Works

Unit 1 – Coming of Age – First Quarter

  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét
  • “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Ann Porter
  • The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson
  • “A Story” by Li-Young Lee
  • Writing – College essay; analytical essays; vlog script; prose & poetry responses; etc.

Unit 2 – Self-Evident Truths – Second Quarter

  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  •  “The Century Quilt” by Mary Nelson Waniek
  • “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato
  • Writing – analytical essays; project analysis; prose and poetry responses; etc.

Unit 3 – Imagining the World – Third Quarter

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
  • “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dickinson
  • Writing – mock exam essays; analytical essays; prose and poetry responses; research compilation; etc.

Unit 4 – To Forgive or Not to Forgive – Fourth Quarter

  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Writing – AP exam; analytical essays; prose and poetry responses; creative and reflective pieces; etc.

We will review as many news articles, poems, works of art, short stories, and novel excerpts as possible and reasonable. Some material may be removed if time does not permit, but you will know about cuts well in advance. Because you will be purchasing Atonement by Ian McEwan, it will not be cut.


Class Reading & Independent Reading

Reading the text for completion alone is not satisfactory. You are to interact with texts in such a way that you are able to contribute to class discussions and activities in a real way. Reading guides will accompany all of the novels that you receive, and it is in your best interest to complete those. If you do not read, you will not pass a Did-You-Read-It Quiz (DYRIQ). A DYRIQ contains questions that serve as fuel for class discussions. If you come in late without an adequate excuse and miss the DYRIQ, you will not be time traveling to the past to retake it.

You will be responsible for at least 4 independent or semi-independent fiction a year. Each book that you choose will be a fiction book of literary merit, and the culminating activity will be an analytical essay that resembles an open question prompt on the AP Literature and Composition exam. If you need help finding books of literary merit, I have lists available in the classroom. Use a growth mindset when selecting your books.

Growth Mindset

Fixed Mindset

What applies to me?

How short is it?

What appeals to me?

How easy is it?

What will best prepare me?

How can I think less?



This course is designed to further develop your voice and effectiveness as a writer. Your papers will be scored on their ability to illustrate command of the English language and on the depth of analysis. See the back of this syllabus for your rubric. You will have writing workshops with me as well as participate in peer editing workshops.  

The majority of your essays will be written in class. Essays written in class are written in blue or black ink or are typed. The essays are expected to be completed in one class period. Essays written at home are expected to be in the following format:

  1. MLA style
  2. Times New Roman
  3. 12pt font
  4. Double spaced
  5. 1-inch margins
  6. Header (including last name and page number on the top right side)
  7. Grammatically correct and proofread  

AP Literature and Composition is designed to challenge and engage your independent mind, so remember the BGHS honor code. I am not interested in plagiarized material as it does not prove your ability to think independently nor does it prepare you for the AP exam, higher education, work, or honorable contributions to society. I follow the BGHS discipline policy concerning plagiarism. If you need an extension on any assignment let me know 48 hours in advance. Please do not abuse extensions. As for make-up exams, all tests and quizzes are made up before or after school, and you will schedule the time with me.

Speaking and Listening

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” Joseph Joubert

Much of the time spent in this course will be spent in discussion. The onus of discussion is on you. It is not a time for me to tell you what works mean or to indoctrinate you with what I believe in order for you to regurgitate that knowledge back to the reader of your exams. In true Trenforian style, I show you where to look; I don’t tell you what to see. Bring in knowledge from outside of the class that relates to what we are reading. Bring questions that were sparked the reading. Be a part of the discussion at some point.


flash drive / USB drive                                                loose leaf paper                       binder

blue or black pens                                           Highlighters                

Atonement by Ian McEwan by 2nd Quarter

You will be required to take the mock/practice AP Lit. & Comp. exam January 7, 2017; a fee of $10 per student will be collected at the beginning of the year to cover the cost of having the exams scored. The mock exam is on a Saturday because we value your other courses. Come and speak with me if you will not have the money by the due date. The money is due by August 26, 2017.

AP reviews will begin in March. A full schedule of dates and times will be made available to you closer to that time. It is in your best interest to attend AP reviews. During the 4th quarter, AP reviews will be held during the WIN period.




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