Advanced Placement English Literature Syllabus



-Short Fiction 1

Topics may include:

  • Interpreting the role of character in fiction
  • Identifying and interpreting setting
  • Understanding how a story’s structure affects interpretations
  • Understanding and interpreting a narrator’s perspective
  • Reading texts literally and figuratively
  • The basics of literary analysis

-Poetry 1

Topics may include:

  • Identifying characters in poetry
  • Understanding and interpreting meaning in poetic structure
  • Analyzing word choice to find meaning
  • Identifying techniques like contrast, simile, metaphor, and alliteration

-Longer Fiction or Drama 1

Topics may include:

  • Interpreting character description and perspective
  • Character evolution throughout a narrative
  • Conflict and plot development
  • Interpreting symbolism
  • Identifying evidence and supporting literary arguments

-Short Fiction 2

Topics may include:

  • Protagonists, antagonists, character relationships, and conflict
  • Character interactions with setting and its significance
  • Archetypes in literature
  • Types of narration like stream of consciousness
  • Narrative distance, tone, and perspective

-Poetry 2

Topics may include:

  • Traits of closed and open structures in poetry
  • Use of techniques like imagery and hyperbole
  • Types of comparisons in poetry including personification and allusion
  • Identifying and interpreting extended metaphors

-Longer Fiction or Drama 2

Topics may include:

  • Interpreting foil characters
  • Understanding and interpreting character motives
  • Understanding nonlinear narrative structures like flashbacks and foreshadowing
  • The effect of narrative tone and bias on reading
  • Characters as symbols, metaphors, and archetypes
  • Developing literary arguments within a broader context of works

-Short Fiction 3

Topics may include:

  • Sudden and more gradual change in characters
  • Epiphany as a driver of plot
  • Relationships between characters and groups
  • Character interactions with settings
  • The significance of the pacing of a narrative
  • Setting as a symbol
  • Interpreting texts in their historical and societal contexts

-Poetry 3

Topics may include:

  • Looking at punctuation and structural patterns
  • Interpreting juxtaposition, paradox, and irony
  • How ambiguity can allow for various interpretations
  • Identifying symbols, conceits, and allusions
  • Learning proper attribution and citation in literary analysis

-Longer Fiction or Drama 3

Topics may include:

  • Looking at a character’s response to the resolution of a narrative
  • Suspense, resolution, and plot development
  • Narrative inconsistencies and contrasting perspectives

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