Advanced Placement®I teach AP Literature because I love it and because I want to share my love with others. I don’t teach so I can help students pass a test or get college credit. My AP English Literature class will be a rigorous, college-level journey filled with in-depth discussions, animated debates, and analytical writing. It will be available to any student working at that ability level. Passing on the spark of passion is my goal as a teacher.
–Deborah Simon, M.Ed.
Athena’s online Advanced Placement® English Literature & Composition class is unique in its format and presentation. We will meet for live webinars to discuss a wide variety of literary works and practice the AP® English exam format together. We also offer one-on-one instruction and help during office hour times.
Our class is first and foremost a college-level English Literature class. Both the workload and the level of discussion and analysis will reflect that fact. That is not to say that you must be either a college student or a college-aged student to be here. Rather, it is your level of ability that determines your readiness for this class.
For most colleges and universities, a certain score on the AP English test or successfully completing the AP English class will grant you credit and allow you to skip the equivalent college class in your general education requirements, since you have proven your mastery of the material. While this class is not a test prep class, you will learn the skills the test is designed to evaluate. We will not focus on preparing you for the test but on teaching the material a college-level English Literature class would teach.
We will be examining literary elements not only as a definition but as a living part of literary works. It is one thing to know what symbolism is and quite another to see it in action and be able to explain its dynamic contribution to the work as a whole. Each type of literature will use these elements in different ways dependent both on their form and their purposes. For that reason, we will look for each element in all three types of literature — fiction, drama, and poetry.
Note from “Prof.” Deborah:
Writing is a process with several distinct stages, and I believe that much of the confusion and disinterest students (and adults!) feel about writing comes from teachers’ lack of involvement at each of those stages. Writing needs to be a conversation between student and teacher. Like navigating on the open sea, a degree or two change can make a huge difference in the destination. If I can help students make necessary course corrections along the way, they will be so much more confident in both their ability and their final product. So I spend quite a bit of time steering students’ essays from prewriting to drafting to revising/proofreading.
Note to Parents:
- Advanced Placement® English Literature can be an intimidating title for a class. Whether you focus on Literature or on Advanced Placement, there is a impressive amount of meaning to unravel. Visit this online repository for information and one-on-one help that will lessen the confusion and intimidation for prospective students and parents: Athena’s Advanced Placement® English Literature Information. To access, please click on the link and then the “Log in as a guest” button.
- Please visit our Athena’s Upper Level English Information room for more information. To access, please click on the link and then the “Log in as a guest” button.