252 AP® English Literature and Composition

2 semesters, 1 credit 

Required for seniors not taking 246 English IV or 250-251 AP® English Language & Composition

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of B (3.33) in AP® English Language & Composition, a cumulative GPA of 3.33 and teacher approval.

It is expected that students enrolled in AP® English Literature and Composition will take the AP® English exam in May. An additional fee applies.

AP® English Literature and Composition is a college level English course following the curricular requirements described in the AP® English Course Description and designed to engage students in the close reading and critical analysis of representative works from a variety of genres and periods.  A critical goal of AP® English  Literature and Composition is to help develop mature habits of critical thinking as an independent reader of and writer about literature. This class is both demanding and intellectually simulating and will require considerable amounts of independent reading and study.  Classroom discussion and active participation are vital and serve as a means of assessing your ideas.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Read and analyze literature from the point of view of the writer as well as of the reader to determine how the literature affects its readers.
  2. Focus on close, analytical reading of drama, fiction, poetry, prose, and expository literature covering a wide range of works from the early ages to the present.
  3. Critically discuss and write about these works, concentrating on each writer's technique, theme, style, and tone.
  4. Identify the effects of style and structure and a writer's diction, imagery, use of detail, rhetoric and syntax.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to score a 3 or higher on the AP® English Literature and Composition exam.
  6. Understand the large scope of literary tradition through wide and varied reading to consider the theme, structure and style of literary works, including elements of tone, imagery, symbolism and figurative language.
  7. Explain the relationships among styles, themes, and audiences in writing and in literature.
  8. Recognize (through discussion and writing) relationships between literary works and contemporary experience and/or historical contexts.
  9. Speak on and write comfortably for a variety of purposes and in a variety of modes and styles.
  10. Focus the critical analysis of literature, while writing expository, argumentative, and informal essays, both timed in-class and out of class.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Literary terms, methods, and concepts 
  2. Effective essay revision strategies


This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the English Department.