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This course exposes students to college-level reading and writing. The writing portion of the course emphasizes student exposure to a variety of formats, including papers of literary analysis and criticism, summary writing, and argumentation. The literature portion of the class focuses on preparation for college-level reading. Work in all the major genres is emphasized. ALL seniors must write a research paper in the first semester. Any student who does not fulfill this requirement is in danger of failing in the first semester. All written work is completed in a computer room. (1 Unit)


This course in Literature and Composition will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading will be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing. (1 Unit)
PRE-REQUISITES: Recommendation by English teacher, approval by Department Chairperson, and summer readings.
Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required.
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