It's that time of year- time to push for next year's classes. Last year the AP Literature program at my school got axed. I was very disappointed at the time. (See this post for all the details.) Now, a year later I realize that teaching the class this year would have killed me (See: The Winter of our Discontent) and am very grateful that I just taught my regular junior classes. For next year, though, I am ready to take on the class and hope that we can get enough students enrolled to offer it again at my school. I love teaching the class, but more than that I believe it to be a very important class. I feel like we are short changing our students by not offering it. Where else do students get to focus on reading and writing about reading and more reading? It is the perfect class for the book lover's soul. I know there are book lover's souls in my school. Now if I can get them to take this class from me.
Now tell me, would you take the class after seeing this flyer?
Take A.P. Literature and become a literary scholar!
Pop quiz! Can you name what pieces of literature these first lines are from?
1. Call me Ishmael.
2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
3. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
4. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
5. All this happened more or less.
6. All children grow up except one.
7. When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
8. This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
9. Marley was dead, to begin with.
In AP Literature you will…
- · Pass the test at the end of the year and receive 6 college credits (Humanities and English at most state colleges)
- · Study the great pieces of classic literature.
- · Finally understand what Hamlet was talking about when he pondered “To be or not to be!”
- · Watch literary characters come alive before your very eyes!
- · Master the English language and become a vocabulary ninja.
- · Learn to write kick-butt critical analyses.
- · Act out fights from Lord of the Flies, dress up like Macbeth, write songs about Huck Finn and play a round or two of vocabulary bingo!
- · Be surrounded by funny, intelligent people who love books just as much as you do!
I Moby Dick 2. Pride and Prejudice 3. Tale of Two Cities 4. Anna Karenina 5. Slaughter-House Five 6. Peter Pan 7. To Kill a Mockingbird 8. Princess Bride 9. A Christmas Carol