Welcome to AP Lit!
This site is under revision for the 2018-2019 school year, but peruse it now if you wish--just beware that info and links may change locations.
AP Literature and Composition is a course designed to teach the content of a college sophomore level introductory literature class. Our focus is on building close reading skills of imaginative literature (prose, poetry, and drama), analyzing short passages as well as full length major works for an author's overall theme/structure/style, and writing critically about those passages or works. Students analyze how the author's craft helps contribute to the overall meaning in a work of literature. The objective for the course is to help students learn to navigate their way through engaging and complex works of literature, and while learning about fictional characters' struggles, to learn more about ourselves in the process. Students in this course will be reading and writing expository, analytical, and argumentative essays in preparation for college-level work. At the end of the course, students will take the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam.
Sources and Resources
Listing of Texts that have appeared on the AP Lit exam 1971-present
Theoi: Greek mythology
Bible stories for help with allusions from BibleStudyTools.com
Universe of Symbolism: an online "dictionary" of symbols; not pretty, lots of ads, but to-the-point
Online Symbolism Dictionary, hosted by University of Michigan; hasn't been added to or updated recently, rather sparse but still has some hard-to-find definitions
Reading Record Cards:
keep track of all the fabulous Lit you're reading!