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AP ENGLISH LITERATURE ENGLISH 104 AND 106 TRIMESTER 1 COURSE OUTLINE Note: This is a tentative outline for the first trimester; it is subject to change based on student needs and the pace of the class. TRIMESTER 1 Independent Reading: One play from Trimester 1 AP Reading List Classical Mythology: We will begin the year with a study of Greek and Roman Mythology using Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. This will give you a background for the many allusions that occur in literature. In addition to reading Hamilton, you will work in groups to focus on a specific chapter and you will prepare a presentation for the class on this chapter. These presentations could include puppet shows, game shows, skits, academic style lessons, artistic visuals, or Power Point slides. Drama: Read introduction to Tragedy: “The Tragic Vision: Affirmation Through Loss” and Introduction to Comedy: ““The Comic Vision: Restoring the Balance” King Lear (William Shakespeare): This unit is based on activities inspired by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It requires that you understand the performance of the play and how this affects its interpretation. You will also analyze the play on four levels: physical, psychological, mythical, and spiritual. You will complete an archetypal character analysis essay and an AP final essay. Two Short Comedies: The Bear by Anton Chekhov and Am I Blue by Beth Henley Introduction to AP Exam Format: I will introduce the format of the AP Exam, and I will clarify college credit options. We will also look at sample questions (multiple choice and essays) from past exams and learn about the evaluation process. You will learn techniques for close analysis of literary passages and how to write an AP style essay. Introduction to Literary Criticism: We will explore a basic introduction to various literary theories: Moral/Intellectual, Topical/Historical, New Critical/Formalist, Structuralist, Feminist, Economic/Marxist, Psychoanalytic, Archetypal/Mythic, Deconstructionist, and Reader-response. We will read a sample short story to demonstrate these theories. Poetry: We will begin our study of poetry this trimester, but we will continue next trimester as well. We will begin with an exploration of what poetry is. You will learn to respond to poetry on an analytic, subjective, evaluative, and emotional level. You will read various forms of poetry: lyric, narrative, sonnet, villanelle, sestina, ode, and free verse, and you will learn various poetic techniques: metaphorical language, imagery, symbolism, allusion, sound, shape, rhyme, rhythm, tone, voice, and theme. We will read from a diverse range of poets, such as Dickenson, Hughes, Ginsberg, Frost, Donne, Cummings, Rich, Marvell, Harjo, Shakespeare, Plath, Keats, Blake, Browning, Snyder, Paz, Sexton, Olds, Rossetti, MacLeish, Wright, and Parker. You will also begin to work on your own poetry project and presentation, which will be continued next trimester.