Author: Caroline Renfro

To bring the world of Literature and Literary Criticism into the minds of young people through music, philosophy, religion and culture from their homes, their computers and back into the classroom to teach others what they have learned to share with others.

AP English Literature

Students in this college–level course read and carefully analyze both English and American literature written in a variety of time periods, from 16th Century through the contemporary period. This course will provide students with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical sophomore undergraduate English Literature class. At the culmination of the course, the students will take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given in May. Based on their scores, they may be granted advanced placement, college credit, or both at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Writing Assignments:

Throughout the year students will write, demonstrating an understanding and mastery of standard, written English. They should have a broad vocabulary which will indicates that they can use words appropriately to show denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness. AP Literature students write for a variety of reasons: 1) Students will write creatively to indicate knowledge of the organization, structure, and style techniques of poetry and prose. 2) Students will write to inform their reader that they understand passages from poetry, and longer works like novels and plays. 3) Students will write to explain complex ideas and issues that require research and development. 4) Students will write to analyze various pieces interpreting the author’s meanings based on careful observation, use of extensive textural support, and an understanding of historical and social values. 5) Students will write under time constraints, producing papers that show both complexity and sophistication.

Reading Assignments:

This course includes an intensive study of rich and representative works such as those authors cited in the AP English Course Description.


Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Beowulf, Translated by Burton Raffel

Grendel, John Gardner

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare




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Merchant of Venice

Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.

English Literature with Emphasis on Ideology, Culture and Views of the Great Writers of 16th through 19th Centuries

Students work on an extended definition essay outside of class in conjunction with the History of the English Language.

After reading Beowulf and Grendel students write a compare/contrast essay using researched, documented critical reviews of the works and authors.

Students read Frankenstein as an independent read. They prepare questions for the in-class discussion at the end of the book and they have an in-class timed writing with an AP quality prompt. Extensive textural support is the foundation of an independent reading section.

During the quarter, students are working on an independently. 

Great Works of Shakespeare, Shelly and the like

Life and times of Shakespeare