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English: Literature Courses
NOTE: ​Students must complete 4 semester courses in English their junior and senior year, one of which must be a writing course. Each AP course is equivalent to one literature and one writing course.
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   AP English Literature and Composition
    This course is designed for student who has demonstrated a high aptitude and proficiency in the language arts and are interested in earning AP credit and/or College in High School through taking the English Literature and Composition Exam and completing the course with a B or higher. Students have an opportunity to study a wide variety of traditional and contemporary works including novels, plays, poetry and short stories, with emphasis on critical thinking, discussion and analytical writing skills. In order to receive weighted grading credit for the class, students must earn a B or better in the class (click ​here​ for AP policy).
NOTE: ​Each AP course is equivalent to one Literature and one Writing course
REQUIRED SUMMER READING: ​Tess of the D’Urbervilles​ by Hardy and ​How to Read Literature Like a Professor b​ y Thomas C. Foster. ​College credit (3 cr) is available for this course through Seton Hill University. Click h​ ere​ for more information on Dual Enrollment.
PREREQUISITE: Student must have all of the following:
● A final grade of a B or higher in English 10 Honors; A in English 10; B or higher in AP Language and Composition.
● Composite score of Proficient or Advanced on the Keystone Literature Exam. Or
● Teacher recommendation.
     COURSE #
 Classic Literature
    Students will explore, interpret, and critically analyze various representative works of classic literature. In addition to thoroughly analyzing the literary devices found in these pieces, students will develop their ability to respond personally to literature through discussion and writing, while refining their research skills and developing their ability to explore literature and its meaning. Students will study the foundational works in a variety of genres in both British and American literature. These works lead to a better understanding of important cultural, social and historic events and movements that influenced the development of modern ideals and literature. The universal themes of these works create an understanding of the personal responses of writers to the developments of their times, while providing a challenging forum to discuss and write about important issues that humanity consistently faces including identity/conformity, social class conflict, changing values, discrimination/persecution and exploration of humanity. Studies will cover works from a variety of genres and time periods from the earliest literature to 1950. ​College credit (3 cr) is available for this course through Seton Hill University. Click h​ ere​ for more information on Dual Enrollment.
   Contemporary Literature (1950-Present)
    In this engaging literature class that focuses on works from the latter part of the twentieth century to the present, students will analyze, interpret, evaluate, and compare literary concepts through writing and discussions. Also, students will learn to make personal connections to the literature that they read from various young adult works, world literature novels, and poetry. These contemporary pieces will focus on the origins of current societal issues that face society.
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